Tag Archives: Henry David Thoreau

when knowledge (and learning) can prove to be useful; the pleasures of pedantry

    I am reading Henry David Thoreau’s essay on walking. From a recent exhibit at the Morgan Library, I learned that Thoreau, who some moderns may think of as a sort of proto hippie, was very studious and had … Continue reading

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on walking (and exercise)

      Pressed with conflicting thoughts of love and fear I parted from thee, Friend! and took my way Through the great City, pacing with an eye Downcast, ear sleeping, and feet masterless That were sufficient guide unto themselves, … Continue reading

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writers: walkers

    In a previous post of mine   “on walking (and exercise)” https://rogersgleanings.com/2017/09/26/on-walking-and-exercise/   I wrote that “walking, as is well known, is conducive to thinking and creativity, which is why so many writers and intellectuals have always been walkers.” … Continue reading

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Manhattan Island from Bottom to Top; Walking as Exercise

    In the spirit of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, I will begin with the conclusion, followed by evidence to prove my point. Walking is a naturally beneficial form of exercise habitual since human origins. It is perfectly suited to … Continue reading

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Thoreau’s last journal

      From age 20 on, Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862) copiously kept a journal in which he recorded his observations about nature and his thoughts. The journal provided the grist for some of his finest writings. The following is … Continue reading

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