Tags » Henry David Thoreau

Thoreau builds a chimney (Walden 158)

Thoreau writes about building his chimney with second-hand bricks. It was hard, slow work: “though I commenced at the ground in the morning, a course of bricks raised a few inches above the floor served for my pillow at night….” 370 more words


Books read in the last little while.

I published two book reviews online this last year that I’ll link to, before talking about all the non-academic books I managed to steal time for in the last few months. 1,802 more words

Thoreau Is An Odd Character But I Still Want A Cabin In The Woods

SoCS -- Je m'excuse...

This post is part of Linda G Hill’s “Stream of Consciousness Saturday”

(Thanks to Leigh Michaels for giving us the prompt today: “Excuse”)

I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.

1,020 more words
Writing Challenges

Friday Philosophy - Music

Friday. That’s all I can really say. So, today’s quotable quotes are all about music. :)

“Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and that which cannot remain silent.” ~ Victor Hugo… 75 more words


Obituary: Gerard Kenney (1931-2014) found comfort in his cabin in the woods

Like his hero, Henry David Thoreau, Gerard Kenney went to the woods because he wanted “to live deliberately … to front only the essential facts of life and not, when it came time to die, discover that (he) had not lived.” 1,049 more words

Local News

The Peaceful Woods

“I have a great deal of company in my house; especially in the morning, when nobody calls.”

Henry David Thoreau, Walden 1854.

There is more to visiting than empty talk.


The tree “admired itself reflected in the smooth mirror of the lake” (Walden 157)

“Already, by the first of September, I had seen two or three small maples turned scarlet across the pond, beneath where the white stems of three aspens diverged, at the point of a promontory, next the water. 191 more words