Just as Oberlin's gray climate shunts students into the library
to study (or so we were told), so Iowa's corn-dominated landscape--my
home for the past 20 years--forces nature lovers to be open to
opportunity. When recently offered the chance to review for a
local newspaper an outspoken, long-dead, female ornithologist's
republished book, I grabbed it. I became enthralled, not only
with the description of an empowered life focused on the same
Iowan environment that entrances me, but with a woman who, like
me, was obsessed with this landscape and its creatures. Imagine
my pleasure when I discovered that this woman, born nearly a century
before me, had also been an Oberlin student.
Althea Sherman: fellow lover of nature, fellow activist, fellow woman and kindred spirit. She leads onward. The circles, as they continue to tighten, allure us with their gifts of delight.