Graduation date: 2000This thesis is a collection of six essays with\ud interconnecting elements and themes. Two overriding themes\ud which pervade the collection are the search for spiritual\ud wholeness and the relationships between humans and their\ud environments. The essays document my recent explorations of\ud and experimentations with the "creative nonfiction" genre.\ud have worked at combining my interests in nature writing and\ud the personal essay, drawing upon my background in the natural\ud sciences along with a wealth of life experiences gained over\ud the past forty-four years. This collection was written with\ud the intention that it would be revised and expanded upon over\ud the next year or two, and I plan to incorporate additional\ud essays into the work, with an eye toward future publication\ud in book form
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