Nature’s bounty. Perhaps the phrase sounds too much like a cliché. But isn’t it true that the natural world that surrounds us, especially here in the bountiful Ocean State, nurtures our souls and connects us to what matters most in life? In As You Like It, Shakespeare says, “And this our life, exempt from public haunt, Finds tongues in trees, books in the running brooks, Sermons in stones, and good in everything.” And we hear echoes of these sentiments from Mike Fink.
Mike Fink is an English professor at the Rhode Island School of Design. He has produced columns in a wide range of local and national magazines and earned the Providence Journal's Metcalf Award and the National Conference for Community Justice Award, as well as the Never Again Award for journalism.