This ran today with additional pictures in Gray Matters over at The Houston Chronicle….
Emerson tells us “Nature is a symbol of the Spirit.” My students and I excavate the sections of his essay Nature; we are diligent in murdering to dissect. They read lines that make me cringe, because my head is so full of technology and Blackboard and advising and grading and commuting, that I realize I hardly ever think about nature anymore. I feel like a lapsed Catholic having to read about Mass. When I have my epiphany that I never think about nature, I don’t mean the notion of nature as everything outside of the soul–I mean like leaves and trees. I have to pencil nature in like yoga class and getting my tires rotated. I have to seek nature out, it is so far removed from me.
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