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Henry David Thoreau

Beyond Boston: A Road Trip to Concord and Lexington

WHERE | Posted 04.17.2014 | Travel
WHERE

Unlike Paul Revere, you don't need to look to Boston's Old North Church for two lanterns to see that you should hit the road for Concord and Lexington, Mass.

Carnival Quarters, Pastures to Parks

Michael Sean Comerford | Posted 03.25.2014 | Travel
Michael Sean Comerford

In the 10 states I worked carnivals this last year, I lived on the border of Chugach National Forest in Alaska and in a cow pasture outside Chicago with 40 Black Angus cows and a big, dirty bull.

Writing off the SAT

Rob Hiaasen | Posted 03.11.2014 | Comedy
Rob Hiaasen

I don't mean to be disdainful or rancorous. But can't you empathize or at least compromise? Wouldn't it have been more prudent and less impetuous to maintain the essay requirement so that precocious, novice students stand a chance to exhibit their resiliency and aesthetic?

Spirituality and Surfing

Reverend Dr. Malcolm Clemens Young | Posted 04.01.2014 | Religion
Reverend Dr. Malcolm Clemens Young

In the ocean and life, we more often fail to launch ourselves because of our ideas about perfection than anything else. You think maybe the next wave will be better and let the current one pass you by.

Paul Auster on Poe, Pynchon, and 'Boy Writers'

Anne Margaret Daniel | Posted 03.29.2014 | Books
Anne Margaret Daniel

As someone who aspires to fit into Auster's definition of "boy writer," I'm wondering if he might extend his coinage to include "girl writers" as well. Who are they among women, the creative sparks, the gleeful, the ones who make you want to read?

Growing Up With Nelson Mandela

John K. Herr | Posted 02.05.2014 | Politics
John K. Herr

Nelson Mandela deserves a place of honor with the dissidents and dreamers who knocked down the Berlin Wall and defeated the Soviet Union. And I am honored to have grown up watching it happen.

Life Lines Cut Path to Rides

Michael Sean Comerford | Posted 01.26.2014 | Travel
Michael Sean Comerford

I need to sell my year in traveling carnivals to an agent or publisher, I could use these winter months to track down leads and write that book.

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

David Wilson | Posted 04.29.2012 | Religion
David 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.