David K. Leff is an essayist, pushcart nominated poet and former deputy commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection. He is the author of five nonfiction books, three volumes of poetry and a novel in verse. Recently he was tapped to be poet-in-residence for the New England National Scenic Trail (NET). David is the town meeting moderator and town historian in Canton, Connecticut where he has also served 26 years as a volunteer firefighter and in other civic activities.
“Reading David’s beautifully written essay will make you realize that the wonders of nature lie right beyond your doorstep. So grab your kids, turn off your cell phones, and enjoy them.” –Gina McCarthy, former U. S. EPA Administrator