by Almira Hart Lincoln Phelps
So, in the physical world
mankind is prone to seek an explanation of
uncommon phenomena only,
while the ordinary changes of nature,
which are in themselves equally wonderful,
Notes: Almira wrote about nature, and her textbook, Familiar Lectures on Botany, was first published in 1829. Almira taught at Amherst Academy, and her textbook was undoubtedly known and used by Emily Dickinson, who was a student there. Almira's writing shows us she was hip to the idea of mindfulness over 200 years ago.