"The Unequal Hours has a moral vision and a clear message: the moments that make up our simple joys should be nurtured and celebrated. Underhill's writing reflects great skill."
—Steven Harvey, author of Lost in Translation
"The tapestry of The Unequal Hours is indeed a rich one. The 'moments of being' she evokes are joyous, heartbreaking, and many. And she's a keen observer and a quick study; if you're a reader not already steeped in the flora and fauna, the annual events and process of our part of the world, you'll find scores of fascinating little facts you hadn't known before."
"In these jewel-like essays, Underhill invites readers to practice the difficult art of stillness."
"Illustrates the author's close attention to nature as she describes the exquisite images and character of her hometown in rural western New York State, a community threatened by a toxic waste dump. . . . Underhill has developed a unique, calming rhythm of her own, describing meditations on the natural world."
Her essays describe elements of the natural world: wind, water, ice, fire, trees. The title essay concerns the "unequal hours" of the changing seasons, while other essays explore a nature preserve, a garden, backyard wildlife, and a hot air balloon ride. Deliberately choosing settings close to home, she shows that one does not have to go on a wilderness voyage to appreciate the natural world.
The Unequal Hours brings to our attention the sudden, intense experiences of reality that Virginia Woolf called "moments of being" by using the events of everyday life as a way to explore what the natural world means to ordinary people. Like the sudden moments of illumination in haiku, the "moments of being" Underhill describes are rooted in the ordinary, but they reveal the extraordinary.
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