Morning Light: Wildflowers, Night Skies, and Other Ordinary Joys of Oregon Country Life

Morning Light: Wildflowers, Night Skies, and Other Ordinary Joys of Oregon Country Life

by Barbara Drake




In stories about subjects ranging from training herding dogs, constructing a good well, and neighbors who are careless in their target shooting, essayist Barbara Drake ruminates on rural life

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780870717604
Publisher: Oregon State University Press
Publication date: 10/01/2014
Edition description: 1
Pages: 200
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Barbara Drake was born in Kansas in 1939, moved to Oregon in 1941, grew up in Coos Bay on the Oregon Coast, and earned BA and MFA degrees from the University of Oregon. After teaching at Michigan State University, she returned to Oregon in 1983 to develop the new creative writing major at Linfield College, where she taught until retiring as Professor Emerita in 2007. Drake has published poetry, fiction, and nonfiction, and a widely used college textbook, Writing Poetry. Her book Peace at Heart: An Oregon Country Life was an Oregon Book Award finalist in 1999.

Table of Contents

Preface 1

The Visitor 10

The Water Question 13

The Dowsers 22

The Well 31

Living with Oak Trees 39

Siena 51

The Dog Diaries 53

Who Goes There? 81

Coyote Wars 86

A Tale of Two Roosters 92

The Old Sheep 98

The Downfall of Boss Rooster 103

The Proof Is in the Blackberry Pudding 107

Equinox Soup 112

Bonfire 114

Grandmother Trees 120

Nature and Nurture 122

Poison Oak 130

Country Business 139

Shots 149

At Home in the Universe 154

Cats That Stray and Cats That Stay 159

Grace 166

Everybody Talks About the Weather 175

Epilogue: A City Excursion and Some Country Life Lessons 185

Acknowledgments 191

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