A toast to … Henry David Thoreau

This week I offered a few suggestions on how to jumpstart your personal resistance, learned a little more about Philadelphia history, and anticipated with pleasure the return of a favorite musical of my youth.

In preparing for a trip to Concord later this summer, I’ve been reading a little of Concord’s favorite native sons, Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau. I came across the below video about Walden Pond in my background investigations, and though I have my problems with Thoreau, I have fewer and fewer problems with Walden Pond. As the photograph at the head of this post indicates, the pond is a far cry from the Lower East Side of New York, but later this afternoon I’ll lift my glass to Henry David Thoreau from the bar at Cafe Katja; the pond seems to beckon even from there.

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