The Beauty of the Earth


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Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts. There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature — the assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring after winter.

Rachel Carson

3 thoughts on “The Beauty of the Earth

  1. Carolyn Thiedke

    Hi Marion,
    Sorry, this is not a comment about your blog post. I just finished your incredible book, The Stuff of Stars. I was alerted to it by Brain Pickings, and requested it from my library. I read it to myself; I read it out loud with great drama. It’s a wonderful book.
    Forgive me if you’ve heard this over and over, but the plural of hippopotamus is hippopotamuses, not hippopotami. I learned a few years ago when I read The Soul of an Octopus by Sy Montgomery that octopus is a Greek word, not Latin, and thus the plural is octopuses. When I read The Stuff of Stars, I wondered if perhaps the Greeks had first named the hippopotamus, and looked it up. Indeed, they did. Of course, this doesn’t take away from your fabulous book with the fabulous illustrations.

    1. Marion Dane Bauer

      I didn’t know that the word is hippopotamuses, Carolyn, and I’ll admit that I’m sorry to hear it. Hippopotami has such a nice ring. Perhaps it could be considered poetic license? Anyway, I’m going to let my editor know, because no one else has caught that.

      Thank you for your kind words about The Stuff of Stars. I’m grateful to you for taking th time to write.

    2. Marion Dane Bauer

      A second response, Carolyn. I checked with my editor and she replied that the Webster dictionary they rely on accepts both versions, hippopotami and hippopotamuses. I’m relieved. I would have changed the word, however belatedly, but hippotpotami is so much more fun!


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