1. the universe regarded as an orderly, harmonious whole.

2. a complex orderly self-inclusive system.

part and parcel

an essential or integral component of something

“To lovers of the wild, these mountains are not a hundred miles away. Their spiritual power and the goodness of the sky make them near, as a circle of friends. … You cannot feel yourself out of doors; plain, sky, and mountains ray beauty which you feel. You bathe in these spirit-beams, turning round and round, as if warming at a camp-fire. Presently you lose consciousness of your own separate existence: you blend with the landscape, and become part and parcel of nature.”

— John Muir

you come too

This is a phrase we use inspired by the poem “The Pasture” by Robert Frost, in which he invites his love to come along with him as he does things.

The Pasture
by Robert Frost
I’m going out to clean the pasture spring;
I’ll only stop to rake the leaves away
(And wait to watch the water clear, I may):
I sha’n’t be gone long.—You come too.

I’m going out to fetch the little calf
That’s standing by the mother. It’s so young,
It totters when she licks it with her tongue.
I sha’n’t be gone long.—You come too.

We so love this poem that we wrote a poem based on this filled in with things we were doing in our lives, each inviting the other to come along.


With few exceptions, in virtually all of today’s dictionaries the word nature has this definition:

the phenomena of the physical world collectively, including plants, animals, the landscape, and other features and products of the earth, as opposed to humans or human creations.

We find this curious, but predictable, for we have found that many definitions in dictionaries today are written from the viewpoint of industrialization instead of from the viewpoint of Life.


The Magnitude System—How to Understand the Brightness of Stars and Planets

It’s so interesting to me how definitions of many words are related to Life.

This is one of my favorites.