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The Beauties of Nature and the World We Live In, Part III of X

CHAPTER III – ON ANIMAL LIFE (CONTINUED) We constantly speak of animals as free. A fish, says Ruskin, “is much freer than a Man; and as to a fly, it is a black incarnation of freedom.” It is pleasant to think of anything as free, but in this case the idea is, I fear, to […]

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The Beauties of Nature and the World We Live In, Part II of X

Chapter 2 There is no species of animal or plant which would not well repay, I will not say merely the study of a day, but even the devotion of a lifetime. Their form and structure, development and habits, geographical distribution, relation to other living beings, and past history, constitute an inexhaustible study. When we […]

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The Beauties of Nature and the Wonders of the World We Live In, Part I of X

CHAPTER I – INTRODUCTION of The Beauties of Nature and the Wonders of the World We Live In, by Sir John Lubbock Published in 1892 The world we live in is a fairyland of exquisite beauty, our very existence is a miracle in itself, and yet few of us enjoy as we might, and none […]

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Books Read in June

I hit publish, when I mean to save this as a draft. I’m still reading, so I’ll be adding more books to the end of this. The Things They Carried, by Tim O’Brien (read via Overdrive’s free lending program). Vietnam essays for a former vet. War stories. Graphic, but not gratuitous. Horrible. Beautiful. Sickening. Poignant. […]

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Children’s Books that Weren’t

…Charlotte Mason wrote, “a special literature for children is probably far less necessary than the booksellers would have us suppose.” (Vol. 3, p. 122) She goes on to say that children of eight or nine would delight in books written for adults, such as Rasselas, Eothen, and the Fairie Queen. I think she changed her […]

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