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Friday, April 11, 2008

St. Johns River: A thirst for caring

Published 4/10/2008 (Letter to the Editor)
In Marjorie's Wake, a film produced by Orlando-based Equinox Documentaries that will air on PBS this month -- and in which I have a role -- is an effort to stir people to stewardship and show them the importance of the river's fragile ecosystems and its lasting impact on the state's literature, music and art. The film retraces a 1933 trip on the St. Johns taken by Pulitzer-Prize-winning author Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings and her friend Dessie Smith. The two women traveled in a wooden boat from the marshy expanse of river in east Orange County north about 100 miles and then up the Ocklawaha River. Rawlings immortalized the experience in a chapter in her acclaimed book, Cross Creek, named for the small North Florida hamlet where she lived. It is a love poem to the river and a tale of rediscovering one's self by getting closer to the heart of nature.
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