On Saturday I traveled to the Newcastle Library to offer a program for teens on keeping journals, and I brought natural objects that spoke of springtime, including this tiny hummingbird nest, borrowed from Seattle Audubon along with a robin's nest and chickadee's nest. The young patrons responded with great enthusiasm, and their efforts were beautiful. At one point in the program, a girl said to the librarian that she "didn't want it to ever end." What a compliment that was, but not to me, I think, but rather to the act of paying attention to these manifestations of spring: flowers, nests, birds' eggs. That studied gaze of looking and drawing and painting isn't something we value very much these days. In my years of offering these programs to young people, I have seen a rise in interest, and a deepening of attention, which may seem surprising in a world where children have been so utterly exposed to digital media. A virtual screen really can't replace holding an actual nest, seeing with your own eyes the true scale, as you place it in your hand. I read a thought-provoking article in the New York Times' The Stone philosophy blog about Heidegger's concept of our "being in the world." He thought that how we pay attention really matters for how things and other beings become manifest in the world, in essence saying that if we pay attention, the course of how things come into being may change. If this is true, then what we pay attention to does matter very much.