Many writers throughout history have drawn inspiration from their natural surroundings. These writers tried to find an understanding of their society through nature. They reached out to the wilderness to draw inspiration in their thoughts and while doing so created memorable works of literature that gave us all passages to reflect on.
One of the most well known naturalist writers was Henry David Thoreau, whose book Walden, became a literary manual espousing the virtues of personal independence, social experimentation and spiritual discovery. Thoreau wrote Walden during his two year stay at a cabin of his own making on the land of Ralph Waldo Emerson — a friend and writer. Thoreau’s plan was to isolate himself from the typical daily life of the time. His intent wasn’t to cast himself out of society – in fact the cabin, although secluded, was just a few miles from town – but rather to step outside the daily social structures of the time in order to better understand why and how society functioned. His writings on his experience would later influence prominent public figures such as Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Jr., and John F Kennedy.
Other great naturalist writers followed. Like Janine M. Benyus who wrote six books on bimimicry, the basic idea that humankind could look to see how nature solves problems and apply those designs and constructions to solve our own. Or Edward Abby, an American writer and advocate of the environment who brought the world, “The Monkey Wrench Gang”, credited with stirring the idea of environmental activism through civil disobedience. And there was Aldo Leopold who devoted his life to extending the constraints of ethics to include the non-human world of plants and animals. His works would eventually lead to the creation of the science of wildlife management. These are but a few. There are many others. All who have contributed to the way we see ourselves and nature.
Tonight (Saturday, March 19th) we have a chance to gain some inspiration of our own from nature when the moon reaches a phase called perigee. Perigee is the point in the moon’s orbit when it’s nearest Earth. The last time it happened was 18 years ago. At a staggering distance of just 220,000 miles away, tonight’s moon will appear much larger than most full moons — nearly 14 percent bigger than when the full moon is at its furthest from the Earth. And bigger means brighter, nearly 30 percent brighter. Which means you will have plenty of light to reflect on life and how we live it. And plenty of light to write by. But, which pen is best for such an occasion?
I’d like to suggest the Omas 1969 Moon Platinum Plated Fountain Pen. This ogival shaped pen commemorates the American crew of Apollo 11’s space mission. The pen barrel represents the Moon, with the footprints of Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin, stamped in 3D on the surface. The flight path of the Apollo 11 module is carved on the pen clip. Their amazing journey is charted in a band that circumnavigates the barrel starting at Earth – represented by a lapis lazulis stone and ending at the moon. A fitting pen for a fitting moment in time.