Henry David Thoreau

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    Revisiting Walden

    “If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.” ~Henry David Thoreau, Walden Henry David Thoreau’s Walden tops my list of life-changing literature. It didn’t grab me the first time around. But after reading it a second time — when I was ready for it — I understood everything Thoreau was trying to tell me. Not only was I inspired to learn more about this eccentric man who revered nature and treasured solitude; I was also challenged to keep moving “in the direction of my dreams” — even when…

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    Be kind to yourself today

    “Did your mom ever tell you, ‘If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything’? She was right. And talking nicely also applies when you’re talking to yourself, even inside your head.” ~Victoria Moran, Younger by the Day  Sometimes we hold ourselves to a higher standard than we expect from others. How often do you hear a litany of negative self-talk inside your own head? For instance: Do you criticize your weight or appearance? Do you downplay your own talents? Do you replay old mistakes — and punish yourself for something foolish you said or did in the past? This week, many of us start making resolutions for a new,…

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    Welcome, October

    “October is the month of painted leaves.Their rich glow now flashes round the world.As fruits and leaves and the day itselfacquire a bright tint just before they fall,so the year near its setting.October is its sunset sky;November the later twilight.” ~Henry David Thoreau, Autumnal Tints You don’t have to look hard to find poems, essays, or quotes in praise of beautiful October. I copied today’s quote in my journal after reading Thoreau’s Autumnal Tints during my first fall semester in college — back in 1972. Today, it’s still my favorite quote in reference to my favorite month. October inspires reflection. As Thoreau notes, it announces the beginning of the end…

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    Loving October

    At the historic Royal Oak Township Cemetery / Cindy La Ferle “October is the month for painted leaves….As fruits and leaves and the day itself acquire a bright tint just before they fall, so the year near its setting. October is its sunset sky; November the later twilight.” ~ Henry David Thoreau, “Autumnal Tints” October tops my list of things that make me happy. Every year, I’m energized by the month’s crisp, cool weather — which always calls for beautiful boots and cozy sweaters.  I love heirloom pumpkins, fires in the evening, harvest festivals, spicy pumpkin pies, and the changing colors of the landscape. I love how October rekindles our nurturing…

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    Make it a good day

    “It is something to be able to paint a particular picture, or to carve a statue, and so to make a few objects beautiful; but it is far more glorious to carve and paint the very atmosphere and medium through which we look, which morally we can do. To affect the quality of the day, that is the highest of arts.” ~Henry David Thoreau, Walden Cindy La Ferle Special thanks to all who’ve emailed to tell me you’ve enjoyed or related to my “quarantine journal” entries, which document my personal experience and reflections since the start of the pandemic lockdown. New readers asked where to find earlier quarantine posts on my…