On The Mark: Still peeling popple after all these years
June 12, 2020
Walking south and west from home, over moraines left by the last glacier, I follow the chainsaw sound, pausing to watch a chestnut-sided warbler. Veering off trail, I find my brother Steve peeling popple and, not far beyond, my husband downing a huge one.
For a third week in May, Rod, at 80 years old, is out making firewood for winter home heating and year-round saunas.
"I've harvested and peeled popple since I was 10 years old," Rod says. People often ask him why he's still at it - just to save money? "It's because I learned long ago to live as holistically as possible. When I'm peeling...