The Beginnings of American Naturalism in our own Backyard

“The first in time and the first in importance of the influences upon the mind is that of nature.” We might think this comes as...

Truth in Nature

“We are by nature observers, and thereby learners.” Here Emerson points to a way that nature itself has shaped the kind of...

Goodness in Nature

Is the natural world, all by itself, a good thing? You might find yourself saying ‘Of course!’, immediately thinking of all the...

Beauty in Nature

“I declare this world is so beautiful that I can hardly believe it exists.” The beauty of nature can have a profound effect...