Tuesday, September 3, 2013
A Paradise of Frogs
by John Hanson Mitchell
Moderator: Jim Siegel, FWS - NCTC
In his essay, A Paradise of Frogs, John Hanson Mitchell found that in civilizing his Massachusetts yard he had lost his beloved frogs. When he realizes his mistake, he attempts to re-wild his property by putting in small ponds and letting the grass and weeds go. After reading the short excerpt, have you ever tried to re-wild a place? Is this even possible given the American ideal is mowing, trimming and landscaping for a well manicured lawn? Mitchell’s observations can serve as a critique of our national obsession with the mowed lawn.