“What we call fiction is the ancient way of knowing, the total discourse that antedates all the special vocabularies.”
- E. L. Doctorow Esquire, August 1986
“We learn who we are through the stories we embrace as our own. – The story of my life is structured by the larger stories (social, political, mythic) in which I understand my personal story to take place.”
- Sallie McFague Speaking in Parables (1975)
“The stories scientists tell are not simply bedtime tales. They place us in the world, and they can force us to alter the way we think and what we do.” (49)
- Thomas Levenson Ice Times (1989)
As we adventure though the seasons, meditating and reflecting on our experiences, a narrative inevitably emerges. “Remember when x happened?” “Last year, at about this same time …” When did we last go to x (i.e., a particular place)? Want to go again today?” “All of the things that have happened there!” The longer we immerse ourselves in Nature’s cycles, going deep and ever deeper into what the round of the seasons presents us, the more insightful will be our stories; even our anecdotes of ‘this hike’ or ‘that visit’ to a certain natural vista that has inspired or that sill haunts us with intimations of meaning.