Starting the Discussion
John Muir was crazy, but he totally speaks my love language.
I mean "beauty-making love-beats of Nature's heart"? Swoon.
His words here remind me of Madam How Lady Why, which is funny because I consider these two men to be total opposites in style and belief. But they both claim an intentionality in Nature and see "disasters" as the world being formed and shaped -- whether by its own hand (Muir) or by the hand of something higher (Kingsley). The two were living and writing at the same time, so the connections probably speak more to "modern" advancement and the intellectual climate of the time than to the men themselves, but it's still interesting.
Speaking of John Muir, there was a conversation over on AmblesideOnline's Facebook page and Yosemite tangentially came up. I was born and raised (and still live) about three hours from Yosemite but have never been there. This year we are reading both The Wild Muir (as part of our California history cycle) and Halliburton's Book of Marvels, in addition to covering the "discovery" of Yosemite Valley in our history readings. Talk about getting an itch to visit! Muir lived and breathed Yosemite, spending most of his adult life there doing all kinds of amazing exploration that no one else would consider. Halliburton relates an inspiring account of his own adventures there and paints a living portrait of the valley. We have been marking some maps of the park as we read and I've got The Muir Ramble Route on my list to look through with the kids this summer. (Muir's Trans-California trek on foot ran right through our town and he describes camping in our local county parks, which is a neat connection.)
And one sidenote: I love keeping maps. I didn't think I would enjoy it so much, but I really do! I haven't tried anything particularly lovely or exciting with them yet, but I know the possibilities are endless. This is one aspect of keeping that is under-appreciated and under-mentioned, so expect to see more chat about it from me in the coming link-ups!
From Last Month
A collection from over on Instagram...
|lylyfreshty - curatingknowledge|
mariasugiyopranoto - adventureadaycm
|catieredhead - vlcjrogers - angelaboord|
aolander - oneripetomato - sarahjokim
|ashleyweakley - tillberrytales - magistramama - convincedofwonders|
brc_mackenzie - frannieruth19 - windymorning_3 - littledrops5
rjnsix - hazelnuthatch - obispo98 - raisinglittleshoots
|tillberrytales - jeffsjessie - ruthjtd|
sarah_jonna - all.saints.academy - ladydusk
And to highlight a couple accounts in particular:
|Bestvater's THE BIG THREE from athena_amidstthereeds: time tools, nature journals, and commonplace|
|LOTS OF VARIETY from amyofhearthridge: nature list, bible + book of centuries, calendar of firsts, and science journal|
|LOVELY LETTERING from happylhomemaker1|
Carol let us peek into the notebooks of her Year 6 student: science journal, nature notebook, poetry copywork. These exemplify how in the Charlotte Mason vision for keeping, the notebooks are individual to the student. You can see her daughter's stamp all over these and very inspiring.
Freely Learned has some fresh tips for nature journaling.
Amy quotes Faith Baldwin on finding hope and beauty in the midst of suffering.
Lots of projects for Lucy's family, including keeping in wood, with cloth, on paper, and more!
And now it's your turn!
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