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Margaret Renkl: In her recent book, “Late Migrations,” and also in big letters displayed across the homepage of her website, “New York Times” contributing opinion columnist Margaret Renkl reminds herself and her readers where to focus their attention.

“Every day, the world is teaching me what I need to know to be in the world,” she writes.

Margaret Renkl—gardener, lifelong student of nature, and writer—lives and gardens in Nashville, Tennessee. Each Monday, her opinion column appears in “The New York Times,” billed under the loose rubric “Flora, fauna, politics and culture in the American South,” and covering topics as diverse as hummingbird migration and the recent dire assessment of bird population decline, to capital punishment, and even country music. Since reading her book not long ago, I couldn’t wait to tell all you listeners about “Late Migrations: A Natural History of Love and Loss.”

We talked about our connections to nature, about the way we garden, and more. 

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