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Nature and the Serious Work of Joy

To use the world well, to be able to stop wasting it and our time in it, we need to relearn our being in it.

- Ursula Le Guin -

Nature and the Serious Work of Joy

"'Our origins are of the earth. And so there is in us a deeply seated response to the natural universe, which is part of our humanity," Rachel Carson wrote in reflecting on our spiritual bond with nature shortly before she awakened the modern environmental conscience. The rewards and redemptions of that elemental yet endangered response is what British naturalist and environmental writer Michael McCarthy, a modern-day Carson, explores in The Moth Snowstorm: Nature and Joy (public library) -- part memoir and part manifesto, a work of philosophy rooted in environmental science and buoyed by a soaring poetic imagination." Maria Popova shares more about McCarthy's book and its timely messages here. { read more }

Be The Change

Walk into nature in any of its forms today, and as you look and listen and receive the impression, also notice within yourself its effect on you. Is there some simple way you can return to nature its great gift to us, by planting or weeding or caring for an animal?


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