Margaret Renkl: The Art of Noticing

Everything Happens with Kate Bowler

Oct 31 2023 • 51 mins

Margaret Renkl calls herself a backyard naturalist—but not because she has any particular expertise. From the birds in her yard to the bugs in her flower beds, she has learned the art of attention. Nature has taught her a speed at which to live, to hope, to stave off despair.

In this conversation, Kate and Margaret discuss:

  • What we miss when we imagine we have to drive somewhere else to experience nature, instead of noticing it around us
  • What birds teach us about what means to be a good mother
  • How to learn to love even the mosquitoes and wasps
  • Where Margaret experiences moments of holiness
  • How we might all start to be besotted by beauty

Perhaps, we can borrow some of Margaret’s innate curiosity together and see how it might open us up to wonder and love and connectedness once again.

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