Linda Hogan Dwellings


As Linda Hogan walks amongst nature she just doesn’t see things as how they are, she looks deeper into the unique characteristics of every hill, tree, and river. At first I think she describes the hill as to what your average person might see it as when she says “Eroded this way, all that’s left of it is a broken wall earth that contains old roots and pebbles woven together and exposed” but to Hogan it’s a home and center to many of nature’s creatures. She looks deeper then the fact that it’s just a worn away hill and notices that it’s providing a home and place of security to the lives of many bees. She also appreciates all the work that it took to get it as beautiful as it is now.


When Linda comes upon these mice and saves them from the ants she mentions that she took the life of the ants. This had an effect on me because I never really thought twice about killing an ant or having guilt for killing an ant. I sometimes forget to realize that an ant has a life that’s equal to any living species on this planet.


I think one of the main morals of this story that Linda Hogan is trying to teach is that something that’s abandoned, dead, or destroyed over time can give or help bring life to other living things. She proves this over and over first with the hill and the bees then she talks about the bird rehabilitation facility and how it gives life also to mice, wasps, and spiders. The thing that I think she acknowledges the most was the blue thread that the birds had used to create their nest for their young. She was amazed and touched by this. Not only did she notice the blue thread but her daughter’s hair was also used. I don’t think many of us would be as touched as Linda was if we were to find a particle of our clothing in a bird’s. This just shows another example of how deep Linda’s love for nature really is.