The Gift of Weather

The Gift of Weather

“If a man’s crop is spoiled on the threshing-floor, the rain did not fall for the sake of this… It is plain then that nature is a cause, a cause that operates for a purpose.” Aristotle, Physics The other day at dinner my sister-in-law offered an interesting...
Why are the Birds Singing This Morning?

Why are the Birds Singing This Morning?

“Whenever the sun shines warmly over the earth, the old males tune their pipe, and enliven the neighborhood with their song. By early April, the snows are all melting away, and nature again, in all the beauty of spring, promises happiness and abundance to the whole...
Acorns are Our Wealth

Acorns are Our Wealth

“Nowadays for many peoples acorns are their wealth, even in peacetime. Furthermore, when corn is scarce, acorns are dried and ground into flour.” Pliny the Elder, Natural History There is something about the super-abundance of acorns. It makes you want to laugh out...
They’re Singing for You

They’re Singing for You

“Nature does nothing in vain…” Aristotle It’s happening right outside our homes. The only question is: are we listening? The other day it was warm enough for me to sit outside for my morning quiet time. The symphony was simply amazing. Of course we cannot always stop...
The Fall of Leaves

The Fall of Leaves

“Whatever permanent, uneasy question is native to men comes forward most insistent and most loud at the fall of leaves. … It is no wonder, then, that at this peculiar time…the desires which if they do not prove at least demand–perhaps...

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