It Always Comes Back To Walden

Barb Parcells, Writing A Life

“Be resolutely and faithfully what you are. Be humbly what you aspire to be … man’s noblest gift to man is his sincerity, for it embraces his integrity also.”

Henry David Thoreau

I don’t think there is a generation alive on the planet today that does not contain a contingent of Henry David Thoreau lovers, specifically, lovers of his greatest work, “Walden.” In every generation for the last 150+ years, young and old have dreamed of leaving the rat race behind and going to live deliberately in the woods to follow their true passions. I am one such person.

I discovered old Henry David (as I refer to him) a little later than most people who were introduced to his work in college or high school. I did not complete my college education until I was in my 30’s, having returned to school to get my degree when my girls…

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