Wednesday Words on the Wild: Quintessence

QUINTESSENCE the fifth and highest element in ancient and medieval philosophy that permeates all nature and is the substance composing the celestial bodies the essence of a thing in its purest and most concentrated form ~ Merriam-Webster Stars In your multitudes Scarce to be counted Filling the darkness With order and light You are the … Continue reading Wednesday Words on the Wild: Quintessence

Earth Day 2017: Elements

In the debates surrounding the elements, such as their number (four versus five?), their definition (scientific versus - to choose just one - astrological), their symbolism (spiritual, philosophical, etc.), the "chicken or the egg" order of their cycles (fire consumes wood, wood grows from the earth, paper covers rock, and so on), the Campfire Tales stance is: How do they … Continue reading Earth Day 2017: Elements

Book Review: Under the Stars

To follow up recent posts about camping and nemophilists, I now present the inaugural Campfire Tales book review, Dan White's Under the Stars. My brief description is, "A humorous overview of camping, delving into all aspects of America's relationship to the wilderness, through both the historical past and the personalized present." The book approaches the subject of camping through … Continue reading Book Review: Under the Stars