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Episode 16: Interview with a Local Author – Robert Leo Heilman

Published July 31st, 2021 in Education-AmeriCorps

In this episode, you’ll hear from Robert Leo Heilman, a local author who wrote the book Overstory: Zero, Real Life in Timber Country. In the interview, he discusses the importance of complexities – and some of the dangers of ignoring them, as well as what it means to live in community with one another.

To start out the show, we’ll feature a song by local musician/songwriter Marnie Allbritten, who has shared a number of her songs with us for use on Living Downstream. If you have an original, nature-related song that you’d like to be included in the show, please email

Links/Websites & Books Mentioned in Episode 16

  • Overstory: Zero, Real Life in Timber Country, by Robert Leo Heilman
  • The Quiet Sickness: A Photographic Chronicle of Hazardous Work in America, by Earl Dotter

“Oregon Mountain Chant”, by Marnie Allbritten

(First aired during Episode 16)

You green and rocky mountains, You sky so big and blue

With dreams beyond the counting, You know that I love you.

And you will not forsake me. You’ll stand so wild and strong

‘Til all the stars fall from the sky and all the dreams are gone.

My Momma died so weary, my Daddy he’s gone too.

They left me sad and sorry with nothing I could do.

But when I see your rivers wind, my heart sings like a bird

That leaves my sorrow far behind the sweetest song I’ve heard.

Now I will wander through the world from sea to shining sea,

And nothing I find will be worth the song you sing to me.

But when at last my time is done and all my trials are through,

I’ll hang my coat behind the door and lay me down with you.

(Originally aired May 8th-9th, 2021)


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