Life without Language is a fascinating article. Dr. Montessori was interested in the feral boy from Aveyron and his inability to speak. It brought to her mind a child's possibilities or limitations that are directly correlated to environment.
It's winter and I'm thinking about butterflies. We have a garden of milkweed for monarch butterflies that travel through Colorado. It's a wonder to watch the butterflies lay their eggs on the milkweed and observe the catepillars grow and endlessly eat the plants. The LA Times has a great article about making your own milkweed gardent for the fragile Monarch Butterfly.