Tag Archives: Henry David Thoreau

to autumn

                    Pushkin’s favorite month was October. Spring starts out wet and raw and often wintry at the outset. Fall starts out just plain nice and within a couple of weeks or … Continue reading

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

    “We all know that as the human body can be nourished on any food, though it were boiled grass and the broth of shoes, so the human mind can be fed by any knowledge.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson, … 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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