Friday, October 9 • 8:45am - 9:00am

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Good morning! We had a technical glitch this morning and lost Jack's broadcast halfway through!

Please click the VIDEO STREAM to view this as a recording! 

But rest assured here is the challenge:

Either connection or change
Start off by doing a word picture with either the word “change” changing or the word “connection” connecting. Be creative! Just a doodle across the top of the page. Let that inspire what happens next. Create a journal page where you actively look for and explore that idea!

Join John Muir Laws each morning of the conference for a greeting, a poem, and that days' Nature Journal Challenge! Complete your challenge and post a scan or good photo (cropped) of your page on the Nature Journal Club on Facebook and be sure to tag it #wildwonderchallenge and #wildwonderconference.

Today's poem:

“How to Paint a Donkey” by Naomi Shihab Nye

She said the head was too large,
the hooves too small.
I could clean my paintbrush
but I couldn’t get rid of that voice.
While they watched,
I crumpled him,
let his blue body stain my hand,
I cried when he hit the can.
She smiled. I could try again.
Maybe this is what I unfold in the dark,
deciding for the rest of my life,
that donkey was just the right size.

Jack also shared this quote from Rachel Carson, ocean ecologist and author of Silent Spring.
This is an excerpt from Carson's book, The Sense of Wonder:
“A child’s world is fresh and new and beautiful, full or wonder and excitement. It is our misfortune that for most of us that clear-eyed vision, that true instinct for what is beautiful and awe-inspiring, is dimmed and even lost before we reach adulthood. If I had influence with the good fairy who is supposed to preside over the christening of all children, I should ask that her gift to each child in the world be a sense of wonder so indestructible that it would last throughout life, as an unfailing antidote against the boredom and disenchantment of later year…the alienation from the sources of our strength.”

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John Muir Laws

Naturalist, Artist, and Educator, Nature Stewardship through Science, Education, and Art
John Muir Laws (aka Jack) is a principal leader and innovator of the worldwide nature journaling movement. As a scientist, educator, and author, Jack helps people forge a deeper and more personal connection with nature through keeping illustrated nature journals and understanding... Read More →

Friday October 9, 2020 8:45am - 9:00am PDT
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