Actually, I'm going to be on their website.
About a year ago, I guess, NPR revived the old "This I Believe" series of radio essays. To quote Wikipedia:
This I Believe was a five-minute CBS radio network program hosted by journalist Edward R. Murrow from 1951 to 1955. The originating American show encouraged both famous and everyday people to write short essays about their own personal motivation in life and then read them on the air.
About a year ago, I wrote one, and just emailed it into NPR, and forgot about it. Yesterday, I got this in my email:
The producers of This I Believe would like to include your essay in a special feature about walking in the woods. Your piece would accompany several other essays to be highlighted on our homepage at www.thisibelieve.org.
A note of explanation. Until I left for college, I grew up in a very remote part of upstate New York. Most people, when they think of upstate, think of, say, Poughkeepsie. Wrong, Western New York State is virtually empty, and incredibly beautiful. Our house was on the edge of a really big forest, and that's where I spent most of my free time as a child.
I wrote about how that kind of upbringing influenced me, basically. The essay does far better justice to this subject than a blog post can, but essentially, from spending a lot of time in the woods, alone, beginning as a small boy, I learned a great deal. That environment shaped who I grew up to be as an adult, and is a kind of emotional home base -- no matter where I am, or what's going on in my life, in the deepest recesses of my mind, I know that I can always go back there.
You can read the essay in full here.