The Herald, Sharon, Pa.

December 12, 2013

‘The Griz,’ with wife’s help, completes books

Herald staff

GROVE CITY — Local couple Ed “The Griz” and Jean Carlson have finished a 10-year-plus writing project promised to the faithful readers of the Allied News and The Herald’s Hemlock Trails column.

For more than 20 years, readers would request that Carlson would republish a favorite column, but his writing philosophy was to present only updated material (no repeats).

Probably the second-most popular request was, “How did you become an outdoor writer and how can I become an outdoor columnist?”  

With the encouragement of his wife, Ed searched the files for the requested favorites. They then arranged them into sections he thought would help to develop a writer.

The first book is Volume 1: “Hug a Tree, Kiss a Rock – Environmental Ed’s Grass Roots: The Views of a 20th Century Environmental Storyteller” and includes much more than favorites. It emphasizes journal keeping, types of writing from storytelling to editorials, and more.  

The first book also emphasizes outdoor awareness and appreciation, patience to rewrite and being willing to take a stand. It challenges readers to search for their “purpose-driven life” as taught by Pastor Rick Warren and how they would relate to sportsmen’s goals,

The book includes “Pass it On” and “Conservational Pledge (wise use),” “Daring to be Different” and living up to the Biblical (Genesis) command that “every man is called to be a caretaker of Planet Earth.” The Griz also gives examples from his own life to attempt to find out what purpose God has for him.

The second volume, “Mercer County Sportsmen Made the 1980s a Golden Decade of Conservation,” emphasizes his belief that there is no such thing as a self-made man. The Griz believes that the whole of man depends upon the environment which surrounds him. It emphasizes a group of citizens from all walks of life, each using God-given talents to accomplish a dream that the environment must be saved, so that it can be passed on in order to sustain life as we know it in our youth’s future.

It shows how sportsmen in the 1980s banded together to make their mark on environmental education for all Pennsylvanians and a working environmental vocabulary for our citizens of tomorrow. It also attempts to draw attention to those who worked for environmental concerns, not only in Mercer County but also their state and national organizations’ endeavors.

The appendix lists the many awards and recognitions the Griz has received, not for the purpose of bragging, but only to show all the organizations involved in sportsman’s projects.

You might also note that the Griz’s wife, Jean, is given co-authorship of both volumes. Although she had no part in the  writing, if it had not been for her urging, her editorializing, her spelling ability, and her computer skills, these two volumes would not have been published. She has computerized both the Griz’s and their son’s environmental degree papers, along with the Griz’s master’s in environment education degree papers, and has attended many seminars that have enabled her to become a knowledgeable environmentalist.

Due to his health, Carlson will do only one book signing, at the Grove City Area Historical Society from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday.

The new books ($20 or both for $30) will be accompanied by a limited number of a second publication of “Christmas Along the Hemlock Trails” ($15) and “PA Elk Tales” ($10).

Books are being sold at:

Grove City: Allied News, Agway, Grove City Area Historical Society and West Main Street Diner

Mercer: Mercer County Historical Society and Twig’s Reloading Den

Hermitage: Agway, Allstate Insurance in Maple Square

New Wilmington: Ryder’s Restaurant