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Colin Chisholms emotive plea for restraint in the development of the Squaw Valley ski area is particularly poignant and compelling The power of the piece is found in his dramatic and impassioned scene setting He cleverly intertwines the imagery of the valley with endearing anecdotes of the time he and his family spent there establishing a subconscious link between the two main focuses of the piece By the time Chisholm begins to develop the conflict in the story the relationship between the valley and his family has been established He wants the reader to associate the fate of the forest with that of his mother and father On page 79 Chisholm writes during the time we were losing the meadow we found out that my mother had cancer Chisholm doesnt even expand his explanation of the disease that has invaded his mothers body He doesnt have to He has already described his mother as a beautiful woman of Eskimo descent and Chisholms writing powerfully understates the tragedy The devastation of the Squaw Valley region paralleled a time of great sadness in Colin Chisholms life and gives him a unique and compelling activist voice His advocacy comes across not as radical environmentalism but more appropriately as a man trying to preserve the fond memories of his family His clever scene setting gives life and personality to the Squaw Valley region This personification-of-sorts allows people who can not relate to Chisholms love for the outdoors to associate with the emotions he felt for his mothers falls and his fathers meadow He is hoping that at the very least these individuals might understand where he and others are coming from in their pursuit to save Squaw
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