Solace of Nature

A nature path near Lake Wingra in Madison, Wisconsin.

A nature path near Lake Wingra in Madison, Wisconsin. Anne Strainchamps (TTBOOK)

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May 09, 2020

Rustling of leaves, sploshing of water, birds calling, bees buzzing. Wherever you live — city or country, East coast, West coast, or in between — we share common, contemplative experiences on our walks outside. In this hour, we assemble a sonic guide to finding solace in nature.

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A path near Lake Wingra in Madison, Wisconsin.
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May 09, 2020
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Willliam P. and Hazel B. White Professor of English, Notre Dame
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Biologist and Philosopher
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October 20, 2020