Monthly Archives: July 2008

Tree Rustling

 I grew up in trees. Every time I went outside to play as a child (which was nearly every day, no matter the heat or height of snow), I found the most comfortable place to be was in a tree.  The strong limbs of apple, mulberry, persimmon, cherry and walnut held me closer to the clouds quite often.  That’s one of many reasons why I always feel so disappointed in humans when I see a loaded log truck; “pine and hardwood bodies stacked one on top the other, lying in state on eighteen wheeled steel sided hearses, heading for dissection at a sawmill.  The procession of death trucks loaded with stunted conifers saddens and maddens me.”  (excerpt from my novel, “Save Them All“)  Now, I’m hearing I have more to be sad and mad about.  A few weeks ago, while listening to Public Radio, I learned that some of those tree carcasses I’m mourning as they pass me may have been stolen and that the crime of tree rustling (or poaching) has become a nationwide epidemic. The radio broadcast discussion, by investigators committed to terminating this emotional and financial tragedy, spoke of trees being rustled in the northwest, but now I’ve read Michigan, Vermont, Kentucky and Arkansas are being hit as well.  Naturally I’m wondering about my state, North Carolina.  The staggering number of log trucks I see on NC Route 53 from Jacksonville to Wilmington every day is obscene; and that’s just one road.  An aerial view of this area must  be heartbreaking and just plain sickening.  I realize for every valued commodity, somebody will want to steal it.

I also know killing trees is a business for some, but the notion that unscrupulous sorts could be stealing trees had not yet come to mind for me.  Normally what rustlers do is find someone’s land that is mainly woods, trespass on the land, and steal the trees. If they’re caught by somebody who gives enough whoop to stop and question them, they generally just say they were hired by a neighboring landowner and “accidentally” cut down the trees.  The lame apology does not replace the trees that are decades old or lessen the emotional distress of the owner who may have “loved those trees the way only someone who grew up with them could” (Saulney). The rustlers are slick, just like in the old west when it used to be cattle they were after.  They sneak onto the property, cut the trees, remove them quickly and usually have a buyer waiting for them.  From what I’ve read, the penalties for this type of crime are no more than a modest fine and a slap on their chainsaw wrist, but that’s not enough to deter a criminal who gambles on not getting caught in these remote areas.  I’m (almost) sure the first time they’re busted isn’t the first time they’ve stolen trees.  I haven’t heard much talk in our area about tree rustling, but that does not mean it doesn’t exist.  I just want people everywhere to become aware that tree rustling is happening and possibly more close to home than we know, if it hasn’t happened where you are already.  Ensure your land is surveyed, so there is no question whose trees are whose, and keep an eye on your property, especially if you have large parcels of woods that aren’t regularly visited.  Older land owners are more vulnerable and susceptible because they may not be working their land or monitoring it as close as they used too.  I treasure trees for all the wonderful things they do for the environment, our wildlife, aesthetic value and for more personal reasons, too.  I know others feel the same.   Let’s keep a sharp eye and ask a few questions, might save someone great heartache.

 Linda Bergman-Althouse

Author of “Save Them All

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Trying to Blog

This is the most difficult blog for me to keep up with. The reasons are I have to keep changing my password because I can’t remember the one WordPress has given me–it’s way too complicated and haven’t been able to find the place to change it to something I can remember.

Then I always have a difficult time actually finding the Book’s Den site. (I know, it’s easy for everyone else.) And I’m supposed to post on a particular day, but I never know what that day is. I probably ought to just give up.

I don’t because I said I’d do this post–and I hate to give up on anything.

I am extremely busy at the moment preparing for my next Deputy Tempe Crabtree mystery book launch. I’m excited about this one, because there’s a lot about the Tolowa people in it, an Indian tribe that no many know about. Of course it’s a regular murder mystery, but Tempe goes to Crescent City CA as part of an investigation and while there meets some Tolowa women. Kindred Spirits is coming from Mundania Press in September.

I will be traveling to Crescent City for the book launch.

Marilyn
http://fictionforyou.com

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Batman, A to Z

With The Dark Knight setting all kinds of box office records this weekend, I thought I’d post a link to “Batman, A to Z,” a brief look at the five actors who have played Batman for the big screen, which I wrote last week as a Spotlight feature for The Wave Magazine.  

Ed Robertson
Pop Culture Critic and Entertainment Journalist
www.edrobertson.com
www.doctorrerun.com
www.talkingtelevision.org

Please tune in to our tribute to Dick Martin on Tuesday, July 29 beginning at 10:30pm ET, 7:30pm PT on Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org.

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Remembering George Carlin on Share-a-Vision Radio

In case you missed it, Frankie and I paid tribute to the late George Carlin during the July 10 edition of Talking Television on Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org. Besides playing a brief clip from NBC’s Saturday Night in which Carlin performed his classic routine on the differences between football and baseball, we discussed his skillful use of the English language, his biting commentaries on American culture, and his impact on comedy over the past 30 years. 

Ed Robertson
Pop Culture Critic and Entertainment Journalist
Co-Host, Talking Television with Dave White
Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org
http://www.edrobertson.com
http://www.doctorrerun.com
www.talkingtelevision.org

Please tune in to our tribute to Dick Martin on Tuesday, July 29 beginning at 10:30pm ET, 7:30pm PT on Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org.

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Interview with author Michael Seth Starr now available on Share-a-Vision Radio archives

In you case missed it, our recent interview with Michael Seth Starr, television columnist for The New York Post and author of “Hiding in Plain Sight: The Secret Life of Raymond Burr,” is now available on the archives page at Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org. Besides his excellent book on the life and career of Raymond Burr, Michael has also written biographies on Art Carney, Joey Bishop and Bobby Darin.

Ed Robertson
Pop Culture Critic and Entertainment Journalist
Co-Host, Talking Television with Dave White
Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org
www.edrobertson.com
www.doctorrerun.com
www.talkingtelevision.org

Please tune in to our tribute to Dick Martin on Tuesday, July 29 beginning at 10:30pm ET, 7:30pm PT on Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org.

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Revista de poesía La Fuente de las Siete Vírgenes

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La revista “La fuente de las 7 vírgenes” acaba de sacar el número 11 de 2008, en el que han tenido a bien publicar, entre los trabajos de otros autores de distintos lugares del planeta, uno de mis poemas: “En el verano“. Mi agradecimiento ante todo; además aprovecho la ocasión para presentarles esta publicación bimensual, donde se cuida tanto la gráfica como el contenido, siempre dedicado a la poesía.

http://lafuentedelas7virgenes.spaces.live.com/default.aspx

La presentación puede descargarse desde aquí:
http://www.updw.net/4580-lafuentedelas7virgenes___n_11_pps.htm

¡Están invitados a su lectura, que lo disfruten!

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Author Michael Seth Starr: This week on Share-a-Vision Radio

The life and career of Raymond Burr will be the subject of the next edition of Talking Television with Dave White, this Tuesday, July 10, beginning at 10:30pm ET, 7:30pm PT on Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org. Whether you knew him as Perry Mason, Robert Ironside or the many movie villains he played (including Lars Thorwald in Alfred Hitchcock’s Rear Window), Raymond Burr was a powerful presence on television for over 40 years. But offscreen, he was something of an enigma. We’ll unwrap the mystery that was Burr with our guest Michael Seth Starr, author of “Hiding in Plain Sight: The Secret Life of Raymond Burr,” a compassionate look at the life and career of this TV icon. If you’re a fan of Raymond Burr, if you grew up watching Perry Mason and/or Ironside, we invite you to join guest hosts Ed Robertson and Frankie Montiforte beginning at 10:30pm ET, 7:30pm PT on KSAV.org. What’s your favorite Raymond Burr movie role or TV series? Let us know and tell us why. Phone number is (800) 407-KSAV (5728), email address is talk@ksav.org or ed@talkingtelevision.org.

Ed Robertson
Pop Culture Critic and Entertainment Journalist
Co-Host, Talking Television with Dave White
Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org
www.edrobertson.com
www.doctorrerun.com
www.talkingtelevision.org

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