Natural World

We are One with Nature

harriet johnsOur natural world comes to us in ways both large and small. At one end of the spectrum, it may be the grand beauty of the mountains or the fury of a blizzard. Our experience of larger natural spectacles gives us a sense of place and time, memories that provide context, and can contain meaningful lessons about identifying our personal hopes and dreams.

Amidst the overall grandness of Mother Nature, one can also find small-scale nature, frequently overlooked, yet often a spectacle worthy of notice. The smells of the damp forest floor, the sight of thousands of fiddler crabs along the sand, beach plums collected for jam.

In Marian’s Voice:

What is our sense of place in the natural world?

Nature large and small soothes me. It feeds my spirit when there are tough decisions to make and losses to embrace. I am a part of my natural world, and simply by noticing, it helps me put my life in a larger context and offers a perspective on my own ever-changing place in it.

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My Place in The Natural World

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About Marian

Marian Leah Knapp, Ph.D., wants to start a new conversation about “aging with intent.” Much of what is written about elders is from the point of view of physicians, psychiatrists, gerontologists, and adult children. In her roles as author, columnist, speaker and elder activist, Marian is reporting from the front lines.
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