As America virtually shuts down in response to the novel coronavirus pandemic, group entertainment casualties have become too long to list. It’s a perfect time to read Emerson’s 1841 essay on self-reliance.

Fortunately, nature’s wondrously infinite variety of entertainment never shuts down. As libraries are locked and churches cancel services, we can still find books in brooks and sermons in stones.

Sportsmen and naturalists don’t need groups or teams to make them happy. The emergence of a mayfly, the splash of a rising trout, the melodious note of a songbird, the opening of a wildflower, or the discovery of a big deer shed — are just a few of the limitless joys that reward us in the wild. Our great outdoors can thrill and soothe us

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