My connection to Ray came through reading his biography by Robert Isbel. The Jack Tales struck me in a particularly powerful way. In one tale, Ray’s description of a storm in the deep forest brought me back to a thunderous moment during childhood canoe trip in the boundary waters. Ray’s telling unfolded the power, strength and beauty of nature in a way that no photo could ever capture and brought me right back to a memory that had sunk deep as those woods.

Motti Pikelny, Teacher, Oak Park, IL