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A Summer Day on the Country

There’s a place I like to go to write when the summer heat proves to be too unforgiving for the walk to the slate quarries. 690 more words

Everyday Thoughts

on an old favorite

For some reason, I’ve been thinking a lot about this poem lately, so I wanted to share. It is by Walt Whitman, from Leaves of Grass… 675 more words

Mental Health

American Transcendentalism and Terrence Malick's "The Tree of Life"

Originally published on Hydra Magazine, June 19, 2011. Re-edited.

A friend once surprised me when he stated how much he disliked Ralph Waldo Emerson. This conversation was over text message, and he stealth-attacked me with this unforeseen indictment of one of America’s great prophets, friend to all humanity, the Sage of Concord. 4,237 more words

Soma from the Well: William James

The spiritual in man appears in the mind-cure philosophy as partly conscious, but chiefly subconscious; and through the subconscious part of it we are already one with the Divine without any miracle of grace, or abrupt creation of a new inner man. 38 more words


The Newness and the Classroom

During our time at the NEH Summer Institute on “Transcendentalism and Reform,” we had the privilege of meeting Joel Myerson, the foremost expert in American Transcendentalism.   1,142 more words

The Active Life Vs. The Contemplative Life

Which is superior – an active life or a contemplative one?

   Living in the most commercially minded city in the most productivity oriented country has only magnified all the more who I am – that those who are contemplative rather stick out like a sore thumb in the Big Apple.  271 more words


Recent discovery of Thoreau's notes sheds light on tragic drowning of Margaret Fuller

The Houghton Library at Harvard University has acquired the complete set of notes made by Henry David Thoreau as he visited the site of Margaret Fuller’s drowning along with her husband and little son aboard the steamship Elizabeth. 188 more words