John Messeder

Messeder

One weekend a few years ago, a friend needed some brush cut behind his house and I had a gas-powered weedwacker that needed exercise. I three-bladed through two-inch vines like a scythe through a hay field, working up a sweat scattering poison ivy chips all over that part of York County.

The only thing between me and a cloud of irritating ivy vines was a pair of old overalls and boots – but no shirt, the importance of which became apparent over the next few weeks.

John Messeder is an award-winning environmental columnist and social anthropologist, and lives in Gettysburg, PA. He may be contacted at john@johnmesseder.com

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