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MAY - JUL 2008
Volume 14 Number 2

lavel merritt, jr, blacks and nature

COVER CREDITS

Native Washingtonian, National Park Service Ranger, and Texas A&M University Recreation, Park and Tourism
Sciences doctoral student Lavell Merritt, Jr. canoeing on Woodlake at the rear of his Texas home.
Photo by Jerren
Willis.

COVER STORY
20 Love, Nature and Happiness

Loving nature is more than an academic exercise for Lavell Merritt, Jr., a Texas A&M University Recreation, Park and Tourism Sciences doctoral student. He first met his wife, Andrea, on U Street, NW in the nation’s capital after spending 15 days fighting fires in Utah as a National Park Service ranger. The native Washingtonian would later discover that his future wife also has an appreciation for nature (when they met she worked for the Audubon Naturalist Society as an environmental educator). Today, he has turned his love for the outdoors into his profession.

FOCUS:  Black and Green 
22 Planetwalker

23 Back Home

FEATURE
24 Ten Tips for Improving Your Photography

DEPARTMENTS 
2 LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

THE PUBLISHER’S POINT
4 Intimacy with Nature

THE OTHER SIDE
5 The Power of Prayer

PRAISING THE PAST
6 A Cold Case Without a Trace

IN FASHION
7 Femi Samuel

MONEY
8 Marriage Alternatives

OUR SPACE
10 National Architects      Organization Elects First Black President

TRAVEL STORY
12 The Mere Line

HEALTH
14 Gladys Knight on Diabetes

16 Do You Know Your    Pharmacist?

RECIPE
25 Buttermilk Wheat Germ Pancakes with Yogurt and Blueberry Sauce

BOOK REVIEW
26 On the Road to Freedom:

A Guided Tour of the Civil Rights Trail

COMING UP       
27 Hampton University  Ministers' Conference, Artscape, An Evening with Charlie Cobb and more

ENTERTAINMENT
28 The Gospel of Dorothy Norwood


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lavell merritt, jr, blacks and nature