A Green Hereafter

MY FRIEND MARY and I tread lightly upon the early spring awakenings at the Greensprings Natural Cemetery in Newfield, New York. Jennifer Johnson, our guide and the burial coordinator at Greensprings, has no such qualms. Johnson is one of those rare beings—someone with bright, numinous energy who plays the Plains...

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