This week's poetry showcase depicts the transformative experience of spending time alone in nature. Hannah Smith describes through poetry how a solo camping excursion helped her see the world, and herself, through new eyes.
The thought of death can be worrisome and uncomfortable to us. But this week, Rebecca Lexa discusses death as merely a new beginning - both as a transition of matter and chemicals, and as a beautiful process of nature that perpetuates life.
What role do animals play on our journey to developing meaningful connections with nature? This week, F. R. Gagliano depicts her encounter with a deer in the woods, and how the experience brought her closure and hope.
Sometimes as we get older we lose touch with our inner child. But playing isn't just for kids. Becky Howie's article shows how unstructured play is beneficial for adults in a myriad of ways - and how nature amplifies those benefits.
This week, Clare Kelley explores darkness as a positive and restorative facet of the natural world, and shows us ways that we can learn and heal from it.
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