Marnie Mamminga

Marnie Mamminga

Feb 7, 2018

Marnie O. Mamminga has been a professional essayist and features writer for more than 20 years.

Her work has appeared in the Chicago Tribune and its magazine, Reader’s Digest, The Christian Science Monitor, Lake Superior Magazine, Detroit Free Press Magazine, Midwest Prairie Review, and several Chicken Soup for the Soul books.

A Winter Walk In The Woods

Feb 7, 2018

The morning’s pale lemony light colors the winter’s woods against an aqua sky. Short, snow-covered evergreens stand like so many snowmen under the bare arch of larger forest trees.

Stillness and silence prevail.

Bundled up in long underwear and down outerwear, I hike an isolated forest road at minus 8 degrees. There are no people, no cars, no noise.  Even the wind has abandoned the woods, giving the voices of the singing pines a measure’s rest.

There's a phrase that comes up when discussing Southern literature. You might've heard it:

The South is a place; East, North and West are merely directions.

This will make sense to anyone who has read To Kill A Mockingbird or Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. Authors like Harper Lee and John Berendt take you to places with distinct voices, characters and surroundings. You can hear the accents, feel the prejudice, and picture the unique landscape and architecture.