Quote of the Day:
Choose one from "20 Inspiring Quotes From John Muir"
Word of the Day:
intrepid - adj.
:characterized by resolute fearlessness, fortitude, and endurance
Which Muir quote did you choose? Why? What about it resonates with you? Do you have an intellectual response to the quote? A visceral (of the viscera- the blood and guts) one?
- Muir Scavenger Hunt & Email
- An Introduction to Transcendentalism
- Group Talk re: Inspiration, Daily Practice, Goals, Mindset, etc.
(See this Google Doc for groups- you'll need your
Beginner's Journal for this exercise))
- Solitude/Notice exercise
- Daily Practice
Due by the end of class:
- Email response to Scavenger Hunt
- Daily Practice post
Let's Get Cynical, Cynical (Can you name the song reference?)
Make no mistake, John Muir was the man. Just look at his beard! He once described himself as "poetico-trampo-geologist-botanist and ornithologist-naturalist etc. etc. !!!!" That's a direct quote. Just how many exclamation marks did you really need, John? It's safe to say that John Muir, as the Adventure Journal article said, is the King of Stoke. He's also the King of Quotes About The Outdoors That Are Put On Decidedly Indoor Things And Purchased By People Who Only Go Outside To Get To Their Vehicles. (I did say cynical, yeah?)
SCAVENGER HUNT: In three minutes or less, find the lamest/most shocking/ridiculous/useless/silly/bizarre/downright stupid thing that Muir's "The Mountains Are Calling And I Must Go" line is on. Email it to me. Go.
Transcendentalism: (from Stanford University's Intro to Philosophy)
Transcendentalism is an American literary, political, and philosophical movement of the early nineteenth century, centered around Ralph Waldo Emerson. Other important transcendentalists were Henry David Thoreau, Margaret Fuller, Amos Bronson Alcott, Frederic Henry Hedge, and Theodore Parker. Stimulated by English and German Romanticism, the Biblical criticism of Herder and Schleiermacher, and the skepticism of Hume, the transcendentalists operated with the sense that a new era was at hand. They were critics of their contemporary society for its unthinking conformity, and urged that each person find, in Emerson's words, “an original relation to the universe” (O, 3). Emerson and Thoreau sought this relation in solitude amidst nature, and in their writing.
Classwide Conversation re: Group Discussions
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