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But in the darkening waters of Walden Pond, scientists observe more than the loss of a lake: They see the decline of one of America's most important cultural and literary locations. It was at Walden Pond that the writer and philosopher Henry David Thoreau set up his cabin in the 19th century, in an attempt ...
The water of Walden Pond, which Henry David Thoreau described in 1854 as "so transparent that the bottom can easily be discerned at the depth of 25 or 30 feet", is no longer quite so clear according to a new study. The Massachusetts pond was made famous in Walden, the transcendentalist ... pesticides

"These findings suggest that, although mitigation efforts have curtailed anthropogenic nutrient inputs to Walden Pond, the lake has not returned to the pre-impact condition described by Henry David Thoreau and may become increasingly vulnerable to further changes in water quality in a warmer ...
Plenty of people have taken a whiz in Walden Pond since writer Henry David Thoreau sat by its shores 160-plus years ago lost in contemplation. And that, according to a new study, is just one way humans have taken a toll on the iconic body of water. "The sediments of Walden Pond record major ...
"...the 'winners of globalization,' represented by multinational corporations and global elites, are seeking to remove themselves from the regulatory, taxation, and, ultimately, political authority of states. This is done by promoting an extra-sovereign economy: using foreign tax havens, playing states off against each other ...
One-hundred-seventy-three years ago this month, Henry David Thoreau, 28, took his ax down to the still chilly shore of Walden Pond in Concord and began cutting down pine trees with which to frame his famous cabin. It was an iconic American moment, embodying youth, hope, can-do spirit. It's my ...

Primack explains his 15-year effort to use Henry David Thoreau's unpublished 1850s field notes to compare the arrival of springtime in New England as an indicator of accelerating climate change. His research team has found that, over the past 160 years, the average leaf emergence date of 43 woody ...
Drop by the Thoreau house replica near the Walden Pond State Reservation main parking lot to discover from a park interpreter how and why Henry David Thoreau lived “a deliberate life” in Walden for two years, two months and two days. The woodstove will be going as attendees hear tales about Henry's ...
Two of the items being auctioned off by The Thoreau Society and the Thoreau Farm Trust are shown Monday, March 19, 2018. At the bottom is a pencil “remainder” from the Thoreau pencil factory and the photo is a hi-res scan from the daguerrotype taken of Henry David Thoreau in 1856 by Benjamin D.
It's a growing movement across the country, particularly on college campuses. Concord did it in 2012 amid lawsuit threats from the water bottling industry. The birthplace of Henry David Thoreau was the first town in the U.S. to enact a bylaw that the committee has used as a model for the one it has placed on ...
With his love of nature and hermetic life, Hagerman belongs to a venerable American tradition that goes back to Henry David Thoreau, who was also a media-phobe and complained about the news. “I am sure I never read any memorable news in a newspaper,” Thoreau sniffed in Walden (1854).
Henry David Thoreau was never really alone at Walden. His cabin was in sight of the main road that cut past Walden Pond. Trains on their way to Boston rattled past the lake. He ate dinner with his family once a week, and often invited curious guests to visit his one-room sanctum and to spend an ... Environmentalist
Thoreau Farm: Birthplace of Henry David Thoreau and the Thoreau Society are holding an online auction for the cabin to raise funds for both organizations. The lucky winner of the cabin will be able to turn every day spent writing, meditating, reading, or painting into their own personal Walden retreat. Environmentalist
Henry David Thoreau was never really alone at Walden. His cabin was in sight of the main road that cut past Walden Pond. Trains on their way to Boston rattled past the lake. He ate dinner with his family once a week, and often invited curious guests to visit his one-room sanctum and to spend an afternoon ... Environmentalist
When you get your drink, head upstairs to the agora, or amphitheater-like, floor-to-ceiling white space inspired by the writer Henry David Thoreau's “Walden.” It's this space that makes Walden Woods different, experimental, and at first kind of awkward. The seats are essentially bleachers that look out on to ... Environmentalist
To this day, “Commercial Avenue” and “Henry David Thoreau” remain two of my favorite songs released by a Jersey band because they are as much fun as they are intellectual, as well as playful, both musically and lyrically. After going to see The Wooden Soldiers perform the record live and sell copies of it ... Environmentalist
About half a million people visit Walden Pond State Reservation annually. Many come because of Henry David Thoreau's book, “Walden,” which remains at least as popular as it was one hundred and fifty years ago. Why does Thoreau continue to resonate with readers? And how did a pond that Thoreau ... Environmentalist

To paraphrase pioneer naturalist Henry David Thoreau, “Many men spend their whole life fishing and never realize it's not the fish they are after.” If there is one group of anglers who most typify this concept, I'd give my vote to that army of trout hunters who yearn for the high country of California's Eastern ... Environmentalist
In “On the Duty of Civil Disobedience,” which Henry David Thoreau wrote against the backdrop of his opposition to slavery (another immoral institution that was protected by the law), he crafts a basic rule on this matter: “If the injustice is part of the necessary friction of the machine of government, let it go, ... Environmentalist
EVEN AFTER 200 years, Henry David Thoreau continues to be a controversial (and, to some, annoying) figure. In a 2015 New Yorker article titled “Pond Scum,” Kathryn Schulz eviscerates the 19th century author of Walden, describing him as “self-obsessed: narcissistic, fanatical about self control.” Schulz is not alone in her ... Environmentalist
CONCORD, Mass. (AP) — Anyone who wants to lead the contemplative life of writer, naturalist and philosopher Henry David Thoreau can now do so in their very own replica of his Walden Pond cabin. The Thoreau Society and Thoreau Farm in Concord, Massachusetts, are auctioning the replica , built last ... Environmentalist
Naturalist and philosopher Henry David Thoreau famously realized that "heaven is under our feet as well as over our heads" at Walden Pond, but scientists analyzing the Massachusetts waterway have made a far less pleasant discovery. Generations of swimmers at the pond have fouled the water ...
Ippolito portrays the soaring cypress trees in a place where like Henry David Thoreau; one can find a sanctuary from modern life. "Swamps have a kind of negative connotation," Ippolito said. "Swamps in Florida are teeming with life. It was kind of a nice way to reframe Florida from the very beginning, I would ...
As far back as the late 1980s, the shop that would one day be Knight's Comics and Games existed, but you couldn't see it. It was what Henry David Thoreau might call a “castle in the air.” In the late summer of 2011, Kevin Knight finally found himself at the intersection of intent and opportunity, and there he ...
American man of letters and philosophy, Ralph "Where's Waldo" Emerson, or, as I like to call him "Henry David Thoreau's best friend," was famous in his own right. Many who enjoy American literature hold up Emerson as one of the best, if not the best, American writers of his time. I've always been a Henry ...
That fit for a devotee of writer Henry David Thoreau who kept a copy Whitman's “Leaves of Grass” handy. When Whitman's childhood home in Huntington Station was threatened with the wrecking ball, Northam went door to door collecting money for a 1951 campaign that saved it. He became a trustee of the ...
It just creeps in,” says Sarah Trudgeon, local poet and director of education for the Mastheads, a new public humanities program that is creating a multifaceted conversation around the Berkshires' literary history. Henry David Thoreau, known for his experiment in solitary living on the shores of Walden Pond, ...
The author Henry David Thoreau was a proponent of disobeying laws that were unjust. In 1846, he was thrown in prison for refusing to pay a poll tax. The story goes that Ralph Waldo Emerson visited him and asked, “Henry, what are you doing in there?” Thoreau replied, “Waldo, the question is, what are ...
“It is a surprising and memorable, as well as valuable experience, to be lost in the woods any time.” — Henry David Thoreau. Being lost is almost considered a virtue. Whether it's directing a car in a given direction and heading into unseen territory or wandering in the woods along the road less traveled like ...
Students in Colleen Jensen's science class are learning about the Solar System, and the many celestial bodies that reside there! A culminating activity they created was 3D models of the Solar System and used innovative materials to show the different attributes of each. Science students use hands-on, ...
This article first appeared in Data Sheet, Fortune's daily newsletter on the top tech news. Sign up here. If you read one thing today about tech, media, society, culture, and politics, make it the cover story of the March issue of Wired magazine. It's an 11,000-word gem that reads like 3,000, a clear, precise, and ...
Henry David Thoreau's 19th century non-fiction work, 'Walden,' has recently been adapted into a computer simulation game. Thoreau's 'Walden' is structured around a reflection of his time spent in the woods near Walden Pond in Concord, Massachusetts, where he attempted to redefine the contemporary ...
For those interested in retracing the steps of Henry David Thoreau, Walden Pond is a serene destination to visit. On the far side of the pond sits the site of Thoreau's cabin where he stayed during his two-year experiment to “live deliberately.” Beside a quote from Thoreau's Walden, visitors to the pond leave short messages ...
For those interested in retracing the steps of Henry David Thoreau, Walden Pond is a serene destination to visit. On the far side of the pond sits the site of Thoreau's cabin where he stayed during his two-year experiment to “live deliberately.” Beside a quote from Thoreau's Walden, visitors to the pond leave short messages ...
For someone who worshipped trees, the writer Henry David Thoreau certainly made good use of them: his journal, increasingly thought to be his most important work, ran to two million words, collated across 24 years in 14 volumes. There's also a sweet irony in that Thoreau came from a family that accrued ...
They could also learn from local writer Julian Emerson, whose parents chose to leave the civilization of Minneapolis-St. Paul and raise their children in the woods of western Wisconsin, living much like Henry David Thoreau, who wrote: “I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately…”.
Simplifying your life in 2018 could be a goal worth checking out as a serious new year's resolution. Companies and consultants exist to help sort out the non-essentials of life. But that's a surface approach compared to what philosopher and naturalist Henry David Thoreau did in the 1840s while living in a ...
Henry David Thoreau, intellectual rebel, transcendentalist, author, conservationist and abolitionist said, “A man is rich in proportion to the things he can afford to let alone.” PLYMOUTH – Henry David Thoreau, intellectual rebel, transcendentalist, author, conservationist and abolitionist said, “A man is rich in ...
Taken as a single corpus, the British and American iterations of The Office form the most thorough portrait of what Henry David Thoreau referred to as the life of “quiet desperation” that the faceless masses lead. Dreams die quiet, exquisitely painful deaths at the regional supply center of Wernham Hogg and ...
... or Googling how much LSD it takes to actually kill a man after reading Hunter S. Thompson. On any given weekend, I might be in the mood to read poetry by Maya Angelou or perhaps dream of throwing away all my worldly possessions and moving to a cabin in the woods a la Henry David Thoreau.
Transcendental poets like Henry David Thoreau and Ralph Waldo Emerson read Hindu and Buddhist philosophy deeply, as did Henry Steel Olcott, who traveled to Sri Lanka in 1880, converted to Buddhism and founded the popular strain of mystical philosophy called Theosophy. Meanwhile, connoisseurs ...
Two hundred years ago, in 1818, with Missouri on the threshold of statehood — and all the settlement, progress, exploitation and loss that followed — Henry Rowe Schoolcraft wandered deep into the forests of Missouri and Arkansas. His journal gives us our earliest, best picture of the still-wild Ozarks.
Palacio will show a work entitled "Walden Then And Now," which documents the iconic pond alongside which Henry David Thoreau built his cabin home and penned his famous book on living simply amid nature. On Friday at 6:30 p.m., Cleveland poet Kisha Nicole Foster will read new works created for ...
MLK Jr., along with Gandhi, was influenced by Henry David Thoreau's views on civil disobedience. During my visit to the MLK Jr. National Historic Site, I also learned that Alfred died 15 months after his brother was assassinated. The cause of Alfred's death was accidental drowning in a swimming pool.
These are people distressed by a new environmental policy that ignores science and opens protected lands to exploitation, people distressed by a reactionary and inhumane immigration policy made up on the spot, and people worried by staggering economic inequality. Henry David Thoreau may have ...
Bill Crain's 15-day sentence is almost up. Crain, an anti-hunt activist jailed for an act of civil disobedience, is doing his time reading Henry David Thoreau, trying to maintain his vegan diet and chatting with other inmates who know about his widely-publicized advocacy against the bear hunt. "They don't ...
Turkle, a sociologist, clinical psychologist and professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, frames today's personal and professional relationships by using Henry David Thoreau's three chairs in "Walden" as a model. Don't be intimidated, the premise sounds more complex and heady than it is.
In his 1862 essay “Autumnal Tints,” Henry David Thoreau reflected,. “The greater part of the phenomena of Nature are…concealed from us all our lives…There is just as much beauty visible to us in the landscape as we are prepared to appreciate – not a grain more.” Of course some landscapes do hold ...
“It was on the wings of seeds that Thoreau sailed home, where he found peace...” ~ Gary Nabham in Faith in a Seed (1993) about Henry David Thoreau's last years studying seeds Happy New Year! In Sunday's column (Jan. 8, 2018), I shared 10 Considerations about Seeds, some of which Thoreau would ...


 

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