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When Nature Demands We Take Notice

There are some things in nature that evoke within us a feeling we have termed awe. Perhaps this is a poor word to express the reaction we have inside ourselves when we encounter such a thing, but it is the word we have. It is a word that attempts to give a voice to that […]

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Mary Midgley on How to Get Our Relationship With Nature Right

Are we a part of nature or separate from it? Perhaps you think the answer to this question is clear, yet for many of us, the way in which we view the natural world differs widely from individual to individual. Even within ourselves we carry a number contradictory beliefs regarding nature. Is it sacred or […]

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Walking with Thoreau

Walking seems a simple enough activity. We celebrate it when our children do it for the first time, but once that threshold is crossed, we think nothing more of it; we just do it. About the only time we appreciate it is when we feel like we are doing too much of it or cannot […]

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10,000 Boxes of Salt: Some Perspective on the Size of the Universe

The universe as we know it is mind-boggling large. In fact, we cannot even properly conceive of it.

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Be Like Water: Reflections on the Powerful Tao Te Ching Symbol

The most powerful, transformative substance on earth is also the most formless and malleable. What can the Tao Te Ching teach us about the nature of water?

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Finding Myself in Oxford

Note: this essay was written in the summer of 2018. Going on a trip to “find yourself” after an emotionally traumatic event is a venerable old cliche, yet it happened to me. It was not on purpose and I did not recognize until some years later, but visiting Oxford in 2008 for three weeks as […]

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