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To Ponder: Know One Mountain

DSC00775“It is better to know one mountain than to climb many.” — Indian Proverb

This is a valuable idea in Nature Study.  If you visit the same location regularly you get a chance to observe changes in real time.  For several months we hiked the same trail each week and it was amazing to see how aware we became of new buds, blooms, leaves, fruit, fungi, mushrooms, birds — not to mention changes in water level and run-off.  You can do the same thing in your own backyard if you explore it regularly with open eyes!

To Ponder: Too Beautiful

DSC01048                GOD’S WORLD 

     by Edna St. Vincent Millay

O World, I cannot hold thee close enough!

     Thy winds, thy wide gray skies!

Thy mists that roll and rise!

     Thy woods, this autumn day, that ache and sag

And all but cry with colour!  That gaunt crag

     To crush!  To lift the lean of that black bluff!

DSC01052World, World, I cannot get thee close enough!

     Long have I known a glory in it all,

But never knew I this:

     Here such a passion is

As stretcheth me apart.  Lord, I do fear

     Thou’st made the world too beautiful this year,

DSC01059My soul is all but out of me, let fall

     No burning leaf; prithee, let no bird call.

To Ponder: At Least One Adult

monets-woman-with-a-parasol“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

To Ponder: Invisible Qualities

DSC01005For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities — his eternal power and divine nature — have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.  (Romans 1:20)

To Ponder: A Wayside Sacrament


“Never lose an opportunity to see anything that is beautiful. 
It is God’s handwriting — a wayside sacrament.
Welcome it in every fair face, every fair sky, every fair flower.”  — Ralph Waldo Emerson


To Ponder: Solace in Trouble

20150909_143918The 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
     that God wishes to see people happy, amidst the simple
     beauty of nature.  I firmly believe that nature brings solace
     in all troubles.
                                                                                                                                                        – Anne Frank  

To Ponder: Unequalled Mental Training

20150909_141638“Consider, too, what an unequalled mental training the child-naturalist is getting for any study or calling under the sun — the powers of attention, of discrimination, of patient pursuit, growing with his growth, what will they not fit him for?”  — Charlotte Mason (I.61)

To Ponder: Want of Wonder

DSC01020“I will sit still and let the marvels and the adventures settle on me like flies. 

There are plenty of them I assure you. 

The world will never starve for want of wonders,

but only for want of wonder.” 

— G. K. Chesterton

To Ponder: Earth is Crammed with Heaven

Vernonia_altissimaEarth is crammed with heaven

and every common bush afire with God,

but only he who sees takes off his shoes,

the rest sit around and pick blackberries.” 

— Elizabeth Barrett Browning

To Ponder: Meant to be Naturalists

20150909_142132-1“It would be well if all we persons in authority, parents and all who act for parents, could make up our minds that there is no sort of knowledge to be got in these early years so valuable to children as that which they get for themselves of the world they live in.  Let them once get touch with Nature, and a habit is formed which will be a source of delight through life.  We are all meant to be naturalists, each in his degree, and it is inexcusable to live in a world so full of the marvels of plant and animal life and to care for none of these things.”  — Charlotte Mason (I.61)

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