Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Loring Cemetery

Loring Cemetery from Zachary Hamby on Vimeo.

The Ozarks Folklore class took a trip to an old Civil War gravesite called Loring Cemetery. 

Honor Students Take a Hike

On Friday, October 7th, 2011, Honor students from Dora High School paid a visit to the Devil's Backbone Wilderness Area. Their goal was to experience nature and write about their experiences. In English class they read the writings of two great American thinkers, Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau, who drew inspiration for their writing from nature. One of most Thoreau's famous writings is Walden, which he wrote while living in a cabin on Walden Pond. The students took an hour and a half hike experiencing the sights and sounds of the Mark Twain National Forest. They saw the trees in their beautiful autumn colors and made some new friends. Then they re-boarded the bus for a short ride to Hammond Mill Campground, where they spent some time writing about nature.

"Meaning of Life"
by Cameron Foster, Jesse Davison, and Alex Davault

Fall makes everything peaceful
All thought exits my mind
There is stillness in the air
No human sounds at all
In the quiet of Nature
The Meaning of Life comes to me
Take life slowly.

by Katlyn Smith, Summer Smith, and Autumn Collins

In the quiet of nature
All thought exits my mind
Nothing but the sheer beauty of nature
There is stillness in the air
The sun casts shadows
The dead leaves fall to the ground
A wild fire of fall colors
Winter is coming