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The American writers who coined the term transcendentalism were of the belief that one has more to learn from one’s connection with the earth, and nature, than in schools or books. 725 more words


Luminous essays about exile and memory from André Aciman

Born in Alexandria on the second day of 1951, when it was still the cosmopolitan port city of Alexander Durell’s Alexandria Quartet and Constantine Cavafy’s elegies, A… 788 more words

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Emily Dickinson and Zitkala-Sa

Compare these two photographs (Emily and Zitkala). Write an imaginary comparison of what each of them is thinking.

The photographs of Emily Dickinson and Zitkala-Sa provide a confronting yet immensely different insight into two different worlds and two strong personalities. 376 more words


Commentary on Danielle's blog

Hey Danielle,

Your take on this week’s blog topic is both intellectually and creatively stimulating. Thank you. I agree. There is definitely much we can learn from the Native Indian’s simplicity and gentle ecological footprint. 98 more words

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Planet talk

Planet talk

Yesterday I watched
           as a pigeon perched
on a branch of a bush and pecked
           at the orange berries
the bird’s weight and motion… 81 more words


The River of Life

This week began our exploration of American writing, starting a number of works by American Indian authors.  A running theme in all the pieces we looked at is the obvious deep connection the Native Americans have to nature and the importance of this relationship. 263 more words

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