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Henry David Thoreau

Trespassing - An Ode to the Catskill Mountain Autumn

Steven Kurlander | Posted 11.30.2013 | New York
Steven Kurlander

Autumn in the Catskills is forever distinguished by the vivid aura of the wooded lands that define the vast number of forgotten back roads and trails in the mountains.

Why I Write: My Subject Chose Me

Lindsey Mead | Posted 09.23.2013 | Parents
Lindsey Mead

As I pull it back out from memory and turn it over in the light of my thoughts, words and sentences plumb what I learned or felt in the moment.

Damn the Writers

Owen Egerton | Posted 09.09.2013 | Books
Owen Egerton

We have traded in the bars and bullfights for university jobs and Netflix. We sink into credit card debt awaiting publication, then find the advance won't cover the monthly interest.

Gothic Street Art Invades Rural Michigan

Jaime Rojo & Steven Harrington | Posted 07.10.2013 | Arts
Jaime Rojo & Steven Harrington

The corporate art project known as hygienic dress league (HDL) has discovered the great rural iconic barn side as billboard and has started to mess wi...

In the Shit With Thoreau: A Walden for the Anthropocene

Jedediah Purdy | Posted 08.30.2013 | Green
Jedediah Purdy

Reading Walden through Anthropocene eyes, insight and appreciation of nature seem to emerge from, even require, rupture and profanation. Maybe these are unavoidable parts of an appreciative relation to the world. Maybe the imperfect has always been our only paradise.

Bird's Eye View of the Changing Climate

Steve Zack | Posted 08.27.2013 | Green
Steve Zack

The calendar and geographies of birds are a now a moving target. It is a variable picture, with new conservation concerns arising.

Could Drones Mean the End of Wilderness?

OnEarth | Posted 07.29.2013 | Green
OnEarth

By David Gessner, OnEarthLast Tuesday, as I do almost every day, I went for a walk in the woods with Missy, my yellow lab. We were deep in a thicket n...

Thinking About Walking

Don Meyer, Ph.D. | Posted 06.23.2013 | College
Don Meyer, Ph.D.

Between 1851 and 1860, however, Thoreau prepared and read his essay "Walking" a total of 10 times, more than any other of his lectures.

Would A 20th Century Christian Monk Use This?

Carl McColman | Posted 03.05.2013 | Religion
Carl McColman

"Returning to Reality" demonstrates how the wisdom of a contemplative master from the past can remain surprisingly relevant to the concerns of the present. Merton's perspective on technology echoes not only Thoreau, but even Christ's assessment of the religious customs of his day.

After Sandy: Seeds of Hope

Dr. Chris Martine | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
Dr. Chris Martine

In modern times, as our populations grew and our reliance on agriculture became greater, so grew our consciousness of the fact that the sustenance of the global population was dependent on stewardship of the seed resources we had developed.

A Talk With Thoreau About Twitter

Peter Mandel | Posted 11.28.2012 | Arts
Peter Mandel

Make yourself comfortable, Mr. Thoreau. Some green tea? An organic protein bar? Given the demands of your cabin and garden, we're grateful you've a...

Simplify Your Life: Get Rid Of The Clutter

Intent | Posted 09.30.2012 | Healthy Living
Intent

We should measure our success in life by the good deeds we have done and the people whose lives we have touched instead of measuring it by the goods we possess.

Is That All There Is? Rugged Indvidualism

Dimitri Hamlin | Posted 05.14.2012 | Religion
Dimitri Hamlin

It's a good thing that, when push comes to shove, we're really not rugged individualists. I'm thinking that it's almost time for us to accept who we are.

What Thoreau's Journals Reveal About Climate Change

Posted 03.12.2012 | Science

By: Wynne Parry, LiveScience Senior Writer Published: 03/09/2012 12:11 PM EST on LiveScience Springtime in Concord, Mass., has changed since the t...

Dare To Live Your Dreams

D.J. Wilson | Posted 04.29.2012 | Religion
D.J. Wilson

Have you found yourself in a valley pursuing another elusive dream? It overwhelms me to consider how deep one man can go, when the world around us says, "Give up, quit, stop digging; there is no way this will ever come true."

5 Fascinating Facts About Yoga's U.S. History

Meryl Davids Landau | Posted 02.13.2012 | Home
Meryl Davids Landau

I didn't realize what I was missing until I recently stumbled on the work of journalist Stefanie Syman. A New York yogi and writer, Syman spent seven years researching how yoga, this somewhat minor part of Hinduism, became something millions of us adore.

Exercising "A Degree of Freedom Which Rarely Exists" at UC Berkeley

Michael Roth | Posted 01.15.2012 | College
Michael Roth

Berkeley, like Wesleyan, has a long and proud tradition of protest. The peaceful efforts of students, staff and faculty protesting the dismantling of a once great university deserve our respect. The violent response to these efforts deserves our condemnation.

Scenes And Moments

Jimmy Demers | Posted 09.13.2011 | New York
Jimmy Demers

Whenever I come to NY I feel the energy of the city surround me in profound ways. As my heart beats a little faster, I am reminded that scenes and moments are everywhere I look.

9 Earth Day Favorites You Should Read To Celebrate (PHOTOS)

Posted 06.22.2011 | Books

It's Earth Day, and in order to celebrate, we asked you what you'd be reading, or recommend reading, to recognize the day. We got a wide range of ...

Unknown In Life: Which Authors Died In Obscurity? (PHOTOS)

The Huffington Post | Zoe Triska | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

It is absolutely horrible to go unappreciated. Unfortunately for these authors, most of them remained completely unrecognized during life, and did not...

Flipping the Switch: See the Wild, Find Yourself

Wallace J Nichols | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Wallace J Nichols

If you decide to travel, consider doing it in a way that flips your switch, helps an endangered species and supports the conservation efforts in communities near those animals.

The Untaming

Tamsin Smith | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Tamsin Smith

Less categorizing, parsing, and debating will do me good. Living in the possible, not because of what has been or what should be, but because it's simply a place where incredible things can happen with and through a permeable mind.

Obama Should Have Thanked India

Philip Goldberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Philip Goldberg

President Obama predicts the American-India relationship would be "one of the defining partnerships of the twenty-first century." No doubt. But our two nations have already been trading ideas for over two centuries.

Building Castles in the air: Visionary Leadership

Justin Snider | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Justin Snider

Why aren't there more visionary organizations and leaders? How can a leader find a clear, compelling vision?

Celebrate American Literature on the 1st Annual Dead Poets Remembrance Day

Farryn Weiner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Travel
Farryn Weiner

Poetry is a thing of the past, unless you include rap as poetic play-on-prose. But there's one man out there keeping the literature alive. Walter Skol...