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Henry David Thoreau

A Whole New -- And Necessary -- Way To See Your Messy House

Glennon Melton | Posted 09.10.2014 | Parents
Glennon Melton

In terms of parenting, marriage, home, clothes -- I will not be a slave to the Tyranny of Trend any longer. I am almost 40 years old and no catalog is the Boss of Me anymore. I am free.

From Walden Pond to Wilderness: Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act and the Land and Water Conservation Fund Act

Sen. Ed Markey | Posted 09.03.2014 | Green
Sen. Ed Markey

Despite the success of the Land and Water Conservation Fund, America is not benefiting from its full potential. The law allows for $900 million to be used each year. Only rarely have annual funding levels approached that amount despite it being only a fraction of the billions oil companies pay in in royalties.

Daily Meditation: Start Living

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 07.01.2014 | Religion

We all need help maintaining our personal spiritual practice. We hope that these daily meditations, prayers and mindful awareness exercises can be par...

The New SDS: What Every Young Person Needs to Know About Its Past

Steve Mariotti | Posted 07.27.2014 | Politics
Steve Mariotti

In 1965, Carl Oglesby assumed leadership of the student-activist organization SDS. This change reflected what I believe was an ideological shift in America's left wing: from the East Coast intellectual tradition to the New Left emerging from the Midwest.

The Power of Solitude

Mark Matousek | Posted 07.07.2014 | GPS for the Soul
Mark Matousek

My lonely cabin was like my mind, a prison cell full of screeching monkeys. No equilibrium anywhere. Although I was alone, there was no solitude.

Resurrecting the Real You: Spring 2014

Luann Robinson Hull | Posted 06.25.2014 | Women
Luann Robinson Hull

How much of our moods and attitudes are dependent on weather conditions (and other stuff)? For example, I visited Central Park in NYC a couple of weekends ago. There was barely a square inch left un-occupied on that sunny, spring afternoon. "The New York state of mind" was mellow, light, and breezy -- not always an attitude associated with the typical New Yorker.

Beyond Boston: A Road Trip to Concord and Lexington

WHERE | Posted 06.17.2014 | 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 05.22.2014 | 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 05.11.2014 | 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.