John Nichols is a doctoral student and graduate teaching associate at the University of Tennessee. He focuses on regionalism, localism, and ecology in twentieth-century American literature. His work has appeared in The Curator and here at the Front Porch Republic. He lives in Knoxville.
It is a hybrid, sacramental understanding of the earth and matter and of being in the world. She seems to say that even if the earth of Chilhowee is dry or the trees of the Smokies are stunted, we must cherish them because they remain good.