A Tribute to Rachel Carson

Why did I name an important character “Carson,” in my novel, Wounds?


It’s because I have a great admiration for Rachel Carson, the premier environmentalist of the 20th Century. And I use the word “premier” in its meanings of foremost in rank (as well as very-nearly first in occurrence).

This year marks the 50th anniversary of Rachel Carson’s book, Silent Spring, the ecological wake-up call. This month’s issue of Audubon has an excellent article about Rachel Carson, “Carson and Camelot,” by Douglas Brinkley.


This cover shows what Spring should be like; musical with the songs of birds.

Brinkley quotes Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas in describing Silent Spring as “the most important chronicle of this century for the human race. This book is a call for immediate action and for effective control of all merchants of poison.”

This cover is more realistic.

Brinkley goes on to say, “The result [of the book] was a watershed event in Americans’ understanding of their impact on the environment. . . . her warnings about overconfidence in the efficacy and safety of agricultural chemicals kick-started the modern environmental movement . . .”

For children, Carson’s book, The Edge of the Sea, is both very imformative and beautifully written. Here is part of the first paragraph:

“The edge of the sea is a strange and beautiful place. All through the long history of Earth it has been an area of unrest where waves have broken heavily against the land, where the tides have pressed forward over the continents, receded, and then returned. . . . Always the edge of the sea remains an elusive and indefinable boundary.”

For me, as a novelist, I could think of no higher tribute for Rachel Carson than naming a character after her.

Wounds is available here: http://bit.ly/pjSEdC

Muse Authors Blog Hop

 Hi Everyone,

This month I’m participating in a blog hop with eleven other MuseItUp Young Authors. If you have middle school and high school students in your family, you’re sure to find some books on this list they will enjoy. There is great variety. You can go to the Muse Bookstore to find the books of these authors and other Middle Grade and Young Adult selections. Our publisher, Lea Schizas, has published our books in record time. Yeh, Lea!! Our Muse.


Today, September 1, I am the guest of Rebecca Ryals Russell on her blog, Plotting Worlds. Here is the link:  http://www.rebeccaryalsrussell.com/  

On these websites you will read about me and my Muse book, Wounds, which will be available on September 16. The links to the buying pages can be found in these blogs postings.

Tomorrow I will post a list of the guest appearance of these authors on my blog.

You are welcome to let your Facebook, LiveJournal, twitter, etc. readers know about this fabulous group of writers. I would love for you to follow me on twitter @ babs22582.

Here is the rest of the schedule for my appearances.

September 2, Pembroke Sinclair:   http://pembrokesinclair.blogspot.com

September 7, Kim Baccellia:  http://kbaccellia.livejournal.com

September 8, Shellie Neumeier:   http://shellieneumeier.com

September 9, Sue Perkins:   http://sueperkinsauthor.blogspot.com/

September 14, Charlotte “Charlie” Volnek:   http://www.ckvolnek.com/blog.html

September 16, Lawn Mackie:   http://www.lawnamackie.ca

September 19, Barbara Ehrentreu (“the Other Barbara”):   http://barbaraehrentreu.blogspot.com/

September 21, Marva Dasef:   http://mgddasef.blogspot.com

September 24, Meradeth Houston:   http://meradethhouston.blogspot.com

September 27, Chris Verstraete   http://candidcanine.blogspot.com

 So hop on over to Rebecca Ryals Russell’s blog and get started on this epic blog tour.


In case you were wondering what WOUNDS is about, here is a synopsis:

The setting for the story is the northern part of Florida, not too far from the beach. The time period runs from early fall until the following spring, with the era being contemporary.

The wounds referred to in the title involve an act of vandalism by the boy, Craig, against a huge old oak tree belonging to his neighbors. Craig is carrying a lot on his shoulders. Not only is he grieving his mother’s death, his father started drinking too much and has become physically abusive. Craig has had all he can take. While running away, he attempts to cut down the tree and he himself is wounded. Now the question arises as to whether Craig can “mend” the tree as well as his own bad behavior. The dachshund, Siegfried, adds a touch of levity.

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