Reflections of Seventy Years

Cowee Valley – Land of the Cherokees

There is no place like the natural world. Before the overpopulation, pollution, and technological revolution, nature supplied everything necessary to live free if one was willing to work hard after mastering the skills necessary to do so. Our grandparents, parents and elders passed down traditional wisdom.

The ecosystems of the earth today are but a shadow of the supreme beauty and bounty of the unspoiled creation. I thank God that I was not born in a future generation – providing that future generations survive on an impoverished and spiritually-bankrupt planet.

At bottom left: my Grandmother Marshall & Paw Paw Marshall, and myself in my adolescent years.
Trapping became a primary for me to make extra money and stay in the woods