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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Henry David Thoreau

July 12 will mark the 200th anniversary of the birth of Henry David Thoreau. Look for celebrations to occur, especially in New England since Thoreau hailed from Concord, MA. The USPS has issued a Thoreau commemorative stamp and a First-Day-of-Issue dedication ceremony was held last week at Walden Pond.

People have long admired Thoreau's writings on living a simple life, one that eschewed modernity and an accumulation of wealth. Others have called Thoreau a hypocrite and not a likeable guy! I suppose it's something that readers have to decide for themselves, so, pick up A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers; Walden, or, Life in the Woods; The Maine Woods; Cape Cod, found together in one volume [818.3 THO].

Head down to Concord for a visit to Walden Pond--it's only an hour away! Or borrow a copy of Thoreau's Walden by Tim Smith [974.44 SMI], one of the "Images of America" series of photographs, if you want to do some armchair traveling.

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