The Impartiality of Nature – from “Woodcraft and Camping”

“...there are some who plunge into an unbroken forest with a feeling of fresh, free, invigorating delight... These know that nature is stern, hard, immovable and terrible in unrelenting cruelty. When wintry winds are out and the mercury far below zero, she will allow her most ardent lover to freeze on her snowy breast without … Continue reading The Impartiality of Nature – from “Woodcraft and Camping”

Dream On and March to the Beat of Your Own Drummer

"If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away." Henry David Thoreau, Walden. Take some advice from an unlikely hero, Don Quixote.  Do your own thing... Have an adventure, go live … Continue reading Dream On and March to the Beat of Your Own Drummer

Real Comforts

"Most of the luxuries and many of the so-called comforts of life are not only not indispensable, but positive hindrances to the elevation of mankind." Henry David Thoreau, Walden. Heavy words when you think about them. I like nice stuff.  I buy good clothes, decent shoes, and drive a new(ish) vehicle.  We all like new, … Continue reading Real Comforts

Enjoy the Ride; Happy Birthday Edward Abbey

Don't Forget to Enjoy the Ride This is a re-post from last year.  However, I think the message is a strong one and worth think about again. Life is short.  If you're fortunate enough to live with the means and privilege and food security, consider yourself lucky.  When I feel low or unhappy, I always … Continue reading Enjoy the Ride; Happy Birthday Edward Abbey

Don’t Forget to Enjoy the Ride

Life is short.  If you're fortunate enough to live with the means and privilege and food security, consider yourself lucky.  When I feel low or unhappy, I always want to remember the people subjected to abject poverty worldwide through no fault of their own.  It seems that the privileged, the comfortable, and those with the … Continue reading Don’t Forget to Enjoy the Ride

Immerse Yourself in Nature

“Take long walks in stormy weather or through deep snows in the fields and woods, if you would keep your spirits up. Deal with brute nature. Be cold and hungry and weary.” Henry David Thoreau, On the Duty of Civil Disobedience.

Henry David Thoreau

Henry David Thoreau - A man who's writings have so influenced my thinking over many years.  Died at age 44 (July 12, 1817 – May 6, 1862).  Land surveyor, author, poet, philosopher, abolitionist, naturalist, tax resister, historian, and transcendentalist.See also the Anarcho-Naturism movement.  Sometimes referred to as Green Anarchism. Save