Why I Wrote The Dynamic Great Lakes
May 18, 2013
When I think of the 500 year old white pines that used to be where I live, I feel a sadness. White pines were called white gold and used for the masts of ships, and in West Michigan, these trees rebuilt Chicago after the great fire.
When I think of the sturgeon that were killed and burned like cordwood because they fouled fishermen’s nets, I want to cry.
Glacial relics remain in the dunes and wetlands such as the arctic primrose. The names of flowers are lovely: grass pink, lady’s tresses, ramshead ladyslipper. The fragrances of these flowers are in my imagination. Very few are really found. Few are found because dunes and wetlands have been leveled.
When Jaques Cartier reached the Great Lakes, his men had scurvy. The Native Americans taught the French how to get vitamin C by making arbor vitae tea. The tea was made by…
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