At first, writing was just a tedious means to an adventurous end wrapped in the respectability of entrepreneurial enterprise. Later, I became far more interested in the everyday beauty and extraordinary diversity of the southern mountains than in making or writing about miles. The more I learned, the more I wanted to share my knowledge. After my first book, I included a nature notes...
ROBERTA: Authors sometimes dream that a current event will dovetail with their book's launch and bring it to prominence. This is not the case for Susan Cerulean, the co-editor of Unspoiled: Writers Speak for Florida's Coast, a collection of thirty-six essays and poems contributed by writers including Connie May Fowler, Janisse Ray and many others. For Cerulean and her co-authors, the BP oil disaster on April 20 occurred just as...
Author Janet Lembke Dies at Age 80
Janet Lembke was a scholar of the classics, an author and an enthusiast of laying hens. Lembke died Tuesday after a lengthy illness, family and friends said. She was 80.
Lembke lived in Staunton for more than 35 years, though her family roots extend much deeper. Last year, she released the last two of 20 books and was working on yet another, a memoir titled "I Married an Arsonist."
Organic gardening and other nature-related pursuits occupied her final years, and she took up subjects large and small with diligence and focus, said her son, Pete Lembke. "Whatever critter would interest her, she would study in-depth," Lembke said.
Joe Kincaid said Janet Lembke became like a second mother. She taught him gardening, canning and staying out of trouble, Kincaid recalled. "She was a very good lady," he said.
The woman who received a grant form the National Endowment for the Arts to translate an ancient poem on farming became known in part for her chickens. She had a minister come bless the coop when she started her hens two years ago, said Sandra Terry. She...
Who We Are
To be fully human is to be engaged with our natural surroundings. The Southern Nature Project is founded on the conviction that writing, like the kinds gathered here, can help us lead more human, profound, and courageous lives, thereby conserving our southern environment for generations yet to come.