The natural beauty and challenges that surround us are chock-full of lessons about life's fragility and its complex interconnectedness. As Shakespeare wrote, "One touch of nature makes the whole world kin." Throughout history, we human beings have tried hard to sort out the kind of relationship we want to have with nature, whether to follow nature's lead or to try to lead nature on our path. We hear Frederick Thurber's thoughts about this tenuous relationship.
Frederick Thurber grew up in Providence and earned a degree from Brown University in 1983. For the last 20 years, in his spare time he has written nature and wine columns for local publications. He currently lives in South Dartmouth, Massachusetts.