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Natural Steward

Find your unique place in the order of nature.

A world of pre-packaged food, disposable products of every kind, and scenic overlooks (for those inside vehicles) systematically detaches us from our place in nature, to the detriment of animals, vegetables and minerals, as well as human persons. Natural Steward invites the disconnected to find the way back to where we belong, as an integral and active part of the natural order.

What To Do?

In the next few weeks I will be posting a series of Wednesday Quotes to lay out a few basic principles and a concrete plan for stewardship in every household, since the household is where caring for people and caring for the natural world come together, naturally.

Transcending Mere Efficiency

In the noise of an efficiency and technology driven world, we find it difficult to hear and respond to what nature is saying. You can learn to listen and live in accord with a wisdom deep within reality.

Mending Broken Ties

Socio-economic practices push our interactions with the natural world toward bodily comfort and acquisitiveness, alienating us from our place in nature. By reconnecting with the natural world you can re-forge broken ties in your life.

Finding Our Place

We feel we’re missing something of being human in this world. If you find your place in stewarding nature, both giving and receiving, you fulfill both human nature and the order of the world around us.

Featured Posts:

Stewardship: A Way of Life

Stewardship: A Way of Life

“To husband is to use with care, to keep, to save, to make last, to conserve.” Wendell Berry, The Way of Ignorance In this post I want briefly to examine the meaning of stewardship. In two following posts I will examine more specifically how stewardship pertains to...

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Mulch: Using Nature’s Plan for Life

Mulch: Using Nature’s Plan for Life

“Art imitates nature.” Aristotle VIDEO FOLLOWED BY DISTINCT WRITTEN REFLECTION This growing season was dry. A number of trees, not to mention my garden, suffered. Upon seeing them losing leaves in early September, I asked my local state forester to look at my trees,...

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Why are the Birds Singing This Morning?

Why are the Birds Singing This Morning?

“Whenever the sun shines warmly over the earth, the old males tune their pipe, and enliven the neighborhood with their song. By early April, the snows are all melting away, and nature again, in all the beauty of spring, promises happiness and abundance to the whole...

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Recent Posts:

Remembering Spring

Remembering Spring

“Remember the time has come to plow again.” Hesiod, Works and Days Spring. It’s power never wanes. Once again we experience ourselves, especially in our bodies, as part of some great whole. Things are moving; and we are moved—though we might not know by what or to...

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Of Dogs and Men

Of Dogs and Men

“But when he knew he heard Odysseus’s voice nearby, he did his best to wag his tail, nose down, with flattened ears, having no strength to move nearer his master. And the man looked away, wiping a salt tear from his cheek… If this old hound could show the form he had...

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Some Matter Can See!

Some Matter Can See!

“By nature animals are born with the faculty of sensation..." Aristotle, Metaphysics Perhaps of all the wonders of the natural world none is as magnificent as this: some creatures can see. One almost shudders to ask: what does it mean to see something? Here perhaps we...

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That Tree is Alive!

That Tree is Alive!

“Of natural bodies some have life in them, others do not.” Aristotle, On the Soul VIDEO FOLLOWED BY DISTINCT WRITTEN REFLECTION It seldom catches our attention. So easy is it for us to pass it by without noticing. That tree is alive. Choose the tree—it matters not...

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Rediscovering Wonder

Rediscovering Wonder

“For it is owing to their wonder that men both now begin and at first began to philosophize.” Aristotle, Metaphysics VIDEO FOLLOWED BY DISTINCT REFLECTION When it comes to certain wonder-full things in the world around us, life experience can have a stultifying effect...

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Learning to See by Drawing

Learning to See by Drawing

“The excellence of an artist, as such, depends wholly on the refinement of perception… I believe that the sight is a more important thing than the drawing, and I would rather teach drawing that my students may learn to love Nature, than teach the looking at Nature...

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Dealing with Visual Noise

Dealing with Visual Noise

“There does exist something like visual noise, which just like the acoustical counterpart, makes clear perception impossible. One might perhaps presume the TV watchers, tabloid readers, and movie goers exercise and sharpen their eyes. But the opposite is true. The...

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The Ability to See with Our Own Eyes

The Ability to See with Our Own Eyes

“Man’s ability to see is in decline. Those who nowadays concern themselves with culture and education will experience this fact again and again. We do not mean here, of course, the physiological sensitivity of the human eye. We mean here the spiritual capacity to...

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The Gift of Hunting

The Gift of Hunting

“Shepherds, ...fishers, and hunters have increase of food spontaneously from nature, not from barter or commerce...Domestic animals are for both the use and the food they provide, and most but not all wild animals are for the sake of food and other uses... Therefore,...

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The Falling of Leaves

The Falling of Leaves

"The leaves are hardly heard, but they are heard just so much that men also, who are destined at the end to grow glorious and to die, look up and hear them falling." Hilaire Belloc, 'Autumn and the Fall of Leaves' in Hills and the Sea No matter how busy or distracted...

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How Nature Provides for Us

How Nature Provides for Us

“Therefore nature, if it produces nothing incomplete or in vain, necessarily has done all these things for the sake of human beings.” Aristotle, Politics What are ‘all these things’ of which Aristotle speaks here that nature has done? By the order of nature plants...

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Being a Man, or Woman, by Nature

“Thus the nature both of the man and of the woman has been preordained by the will of heaven to live a common life. For they are distinguished in that the powers which they possess are not applicable to purposes in all cases identical, but in some respects their...

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