Deercreek Home and Garden Club

Mark Woods, columnist for The Florida Times Union and a recipient of the Eugene C. Pulliam Fellowship, will be the guest speaker for the Garden Club on Sept. 25. The program will begin at 11:00 with lunch offered afterwards. Mark will be speaking about his book, Lassoing the Sun, and copies will be available for purchase.

For many childhood summers, Mark Woods piled into a station wagon with his family and headed to America’s national parks. His most vivid childhood memories are set against a backdrop of mountains, woods, and fireflies in places like the Redwood, Yosemite, and Grand Canyon national parks.

On the eve of turning 50 and feeling a little burned out, Mark decided to reconnect with the great outdoors. He’d spent a year visiting the national parks. He planned to take his mother to a park she’d not yet visited and re-create his childhood trips with his wife and their iPad-generation daughter.

But then the unthinkable happened: His mother was diagnosed with cancer and given just months to live. Mark had initially intended to write a book about the future of national parks, but it grew into something more: a book about family, the parks, and the legacies we inherit and the ones we leave behind.