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Sarah Orne Jewett

She would waken in the morning with the fresh breeze from seaward blowing through the open window; she would hear the early morning songs of the birds and the familiar sounds of the town. She would get up to take a long walk across a pasture or through the woods or along the river to refresh her mind; she would cut flowers from her own garden and arrange them in a bowl on her desk, and pour a cup of tea for a friend who might drop in to welcome her back. This was home.

Mary Mason Campbell, writing about Sarah Orne Jewett in The New England Butt’ry Shelf Almanac, 1970

First Botany Lesson

This fine lesson charmed me and sent me flying to the woods and meadows in wild enthusiasm. Like everybody else I was always fond of flowers, attracted by their external beauty and purity. Now my eyes were opened to their inner beauty, all alike revealing glorious traces of the thoughts of God, and leading on and on into the infinite cosmos.

John Muir, concerning his first botany lesson underneath a black locust tree in 1863.

John Muir : Nature Writings

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