This inspirational series of meditations from master canoeist James Raffan takes readers into the wilderness landscape that he has made very much his own. He brings to his experiences a talent for close observation, a gentle wit, and a strong sense of wonder at the lessons to be learned from the natural world.
Divided into three sections, Beginning, Belonging, and Believing, Tumblehome has at its heart a celebration of the river as teacher. It follows the arc of Raffan's life, from his childhood near the Speed River in souther Ontario, to his youngest years as a guide and novice canoeist, to his adult adventures across the country -- from northern Ontario and the great western rivers, to the barrenlands and the Arctic. In the nostalgic "Wet Wellies and Frozen Drawers," Raffan discovers that there are childhood lessons to be learned from riding floes of spring ice.
In "The Glow of Green Eyes," his surprising confrontation with an Arctic wolf brings unexpected insight. In "River of Life," the migration of a magnificent caribou herd creates a sense of infinite wonder and comfort in the patterns underpinning both human and natural worlds.
Evocative and affirming, Tumblehome offers a testament to the healing and redeeming power of nature. Filled with Raffan's unique and compelling understanding of what matters in a life, it offers both wisdom and hope.
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July 01, 2010
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