In past blogs I have shared Isaac's Werner's connection with nature and ways our parents and grand parents and great grandparents predicted the weather by signs that became sayings. In last week's blog I shared a book that urges the importance of children's exploration of nature. To my surprise, it touched the emotions of many followers of this blog. This week I will share some of the comments I received from readers, and some quotes that may surprise you. The photographs I share in this blog are taken at our farm, beauty captured as I roamed the places I explored as a child.
Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature. It will never fail you. --Frank Lloyd Wright, (1867-1959) American Architect, interior designer, writer & educator
A true conservationist is a man who knows that the world is not given by fathers, but borrowed from his children. --John James Audubon, (1785-1851)American ornithologist & painter
Trees are the earth's endless effort to speak to the listening heaven. --Rabindranath Tagore, (1861-1941) polymath, musician, poet & artist
To me, a lush carpet of pine needles or spongy grass is more welcome than the most luxurious Persian rug. --Helen Keller, (1880-1968) American author, political activist & lecturer
And forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair. --Khalil Gibran, (1883-1931) Writer, poet, and visual artist
I believe a leaf of grass is no less than the journey-work of the stars. --Walt Whitman, (1819-1892) American poet, essayist & journalist
|Stranger in the Driveway, Credit Lyn Fenwick|
All my life through, the new sights of Nature made me rejoice like a child. --Marie Curie, (18867-1934) Physicist & Chemist
Nature teaches more than she preaches. There are no sermons in stones. It is easier to get a spark out of a stone than a moral. --John Burroughs, (1837-1921) American naturalist & nature essayist
Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better. --Albert Einstein, (1879-1955) Theroetical physicist
I'm about halfway through [Last Child in the Woods] but am ...taking my time to soak it all in...to pass those foundations down to [my daughter.] C.L. blog reader, KS
If a child is to keep alive his inborn sense of wonder, he needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share it, rediscovering with him the joy, excitement, and mystery of the world we live in. --Rachel Carson, (1907-1964) American biologist, author, and conservationist
There is an outdoor classroom and an edible schoolyard at our daughter's childcare center, and I'm so grateful. Simply no substitute for outdoor play and exploration. A. O., blog reader in NE
The richness I achieve comes from nature, the source of my inspiration. --Claude Monet, (1840-1926) French impressionist painter
|Nature's Travelers, Credit Lyn Fenwick|
Nature is just enough; but men and women must comprehend and accept her suggestions. --Antoinette Brown Blackwell, (1825-1921) First woman to be ordained as a mainstream Protestant minister
There is a way that nature speaks, that land speaks. Most of the time we are simply not patient enough, quiet enough, to pay attention to the story. Linda Hogan, (1959- ) Television personality
Teaching children about the natural world should be seen as one of the most important events in their lives. Thomas Berry, (1914-2009) Religious scholar & student of man's role in Earth history & evolution
We grew up in years & a place that this type of learning was a part of our normal childhood. R.V.H, blog reader, NM
The best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely or unhappy is to go outside, somewhere where they can be quiet, alone with the heavens, nature and God. Because only then does one feel that all is as it should be. ...And I firmly believe that nature brings solace in all troubles. Anne Frank, (1929-1945) Diarist
|Prairie Gold, Credit Larry Fenwick|
Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts. There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature--the assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring after winter. Rachel Carson
As the saying goes, with my own edits, 'Why does the Lord give us trees, mountains and dirt? So we can learn to climb...and have a place to land when we fall.' NONE of us, ESPECIALLY the young, are climbing and falling enough. R.G., Blog Reader in Texas
I must close this post sometime, so I will end the blog with two more e-mails I received from readers.
My dad always thought of a pasture or a grove of trees as a perfectly appropriate playground for us, and boy was I surprised to learn that other parents weren't letting their children experiment on plants or arming them with field guides and turning them loose to identify birds. T.T. in NE
And the last...
Your recollections made me smile and think of the time we lived in St. John (from 3rd grade thru the 7th). ...I've surely told you stories of living on the north west edge of town, a farmstead across the street with all the farm animals farms had in those days. A mile and 1/2 catty corner NW across wheat fields was a grove of trees for day trips with a buddy or alone. On the edge of the tree grove was the Rattle Snake Creek. It had water in it in those days and nice holes deep enough to skinny dip in. Good memories. A. H. in KS
Thank you to everyone who shared their memories and experiences.
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