Collecting bottles, tossing leftovers, taking out the garbage
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Kathleen Dean Moore is the author of The Pine Island Paradox (Milkweed Editions), Riverwalking (Harcourt), and Holdfast (Lyons Press). She is a distinguished professor of philosophy at Oregon State University, where she directs the Spring Creek Project for Ideas, Nature, and the Written Word.
I drifted in my kayak, listening for small sloshes and hushed voices behind me: the sounds of my college students launching their boats in the dark. The night was intensely quiet and dark, like a campsite after the fire goes cold, but the moon was preparing to rise over the mountains in the east, and the lake showed a slick of silver.