Lessons from Fire and Ice
Wyoming writer Gretel Ehrlich on love, climate change and living through it.
Posted By Trish on Sep 11, 2012
We met along the Noatak last month. Our group paddled 458.7 miles to Kotzebue. The trip was life changing. Hope your trip was as amazing as ours.
Wonderful Article - thank you!
Posted By Patricia Zecevic on Sep 5, 2012
I loved this article on Ehrlich whom I discovered fairly recently - through an article stating that Robert Redford had recommended her book The Solace of Open Spaces to actors in the movie Horse Whisperer - so that they would get a feel for the real people and ranchers of the West. I loved it so much I ordered all her others and am in the middle of This Cold Heaven. I loved Toby Thompson's article because it's a wonderful portrait of the woman and her work. It really resonated with me and my experience of her books, and expressed in a way that helped me understand why I loved them and her whole/holistic attitude to life and love and nature.
I am a woman and I liked what he said about Gretel no longer being the young sexy cowgirl. This is real and in keeping with Ehrlich's down-to-earthiness; and what oozed out of his article was precisely a respectful and admiring portrait of a wise, mature, and beautiful woman who is in touch with herself and her environment in a way most of us aspire to and are deeply touched by.
Thank you for sharing so beautifully your personal experience of this very important writer and beautiful human being.
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Posted By Cary on Sep 19, 2009
WoW!...I was so fortunate to find this magazine on the shelf at my grocery store in the Central Valley of California. How it got there I have no IDEA...but I am so happy that it did. Born and reared in Texas Cattle Country, this wonderful print shop of beauty caused me to be homesick, blessed and revived. Ultimately, I was called upon to actually share my treasure with others. Thank you so much for this wonderful publication. :-)
Posted By Ken on Sep 4, 2009
I loved Gretel Ehrlich's early books and confess to not having read The Future of Ice and This Cold Heaven. Thompson's eloquent and incisive portrait of her made me realize that I have inadvertently closed off a part of my soul which is always awakened by Ehrlich's work. My heart, also, lives in that landscape of Wyoming and Montana--that is where sila
and meditation come most easily for me. And having spent my childhood in Newfoundland I anticipate many blessings from The Future of Ice, This Cold Heaven and Farthest North. Many thanks, Toby, for gracing us with this piece.
Posted By Toby Thompson on Sep 2, 2009
If M.S. thinks I have anything other than respect and admiration for Gretel Ehrlich, she needs to learn how to read.
Lessons from Fire and Ice
Posted By Mary Sojourner on Jul 4, 2009
This is dismissive, condescending and irritating: "She’s 62 and broader than in photographs from the 1980s, when a stunning cowgirl gazed sexily at us from book jackets. Her face is tougher, reflecting a life outdoors. Yet her personality, aloof and mysterious in print, is wise-crackingly funny."
Imagine that! A woman over sixty isn't a visually sexy hottie anymore! But, she is funny. Wow, what amazing insights.
If Toby Thompson is a woman, she could use a little consciousness raising about women and aging. If Toby Thompson is a guy, same same.
I look forward to Ehrlich's new book - that's what matters. Of course, some might find it amazing that a woman over sixty is radical and can think like a scalpel.
Posted By Philip on Oct 6, 2008
What a great article! Author Toby Thompson does such a great job of melding the landscape into this story. He's done it so masterfully, that the bare, sparse landscapes of Erlich's environment really become a character as well.
I was riveted to the screen through all seven sections. I'm adding this to my StumbleUpon.