Awe of Nature

Thinking of nature, I automatically connect it to my childhood. Although I am a true city girl, I am a country girl at heart (pony and all). Growing up in the country of Frankfort, life as a child greatly reflected the themes of pastoral literature. After spending majority of my younger, only child days running through fields and developing a love for making wishes on stars and dandelions, I became fascinated with my surroundings. Life did seem much more simple at the time, most likely due to how young I was, but at the same time there was more of a carefree nature in the people living outside of the city. Most of them have been there all there lives and farming is just a way of life. No matter how many days I spent outside, the beauty of nature never failed to truly amaze me. Whether it be the changing of seasons or the even just a random butterfly, nature is in fact awe inspiring. Continue reading

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Green Grass and Pastoral Wonder

Note:  This is a sample free-form article, a model for the kinds of writing that you can do.

I’ve been thinking about green grass a lot lately, and I wonder if there’s anything about the human attraction to green grass that is intrinsic to the pastoral?  Why do we like grass, and why does our grass have to be green?  Does green grass connote a state of simplicity that we as human beings tend to long for?  Furthermore, are there any negative ecological or social effects to valuing green grass like we do?

Does green always mean good?

Over at EMagazine.com, Jessica Patton Pellegrino explores some of these same questions.  Americans seem to love their green grass, yet in many places, especially where lack of rainfall is an issue, having a lawn a lawn and keeping it green is an extremely expensive and water-intensive endeavor.  Continue reading