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Dear Mr. Thoreau,

I read your book in an attempt to not only feel smarter, but to find some inspiration in my efforts to find meaning in simplicity. I swam in Walden Pond the summer before I entered college, and can remember the beauty and stillness I felt as I moved through the water. So I thought I’d be able to totally identify with you as I moved through your writing.

May I say, with much respect, that while your first and last chapters were thought provoking and game changing, the entire middle of your book was as fascinating as watching grass grow. Or to use an example from your book, like watching ants fight.

Lest I come off a total snob or moron, I will highlight just a couple of my favorite observations.

“Say what you have to say, not what you ought. Any truth is better than make believe.”

“Rather than love, than money, than fame, give me truth.”

“There is an incessant influx of novelty into the world, and yet we tolerate incredible dullness.”

I found those within the last five pages.



It’s been so long since the last post.  I feel like I’ve been missing out on club meetings.

Random observation:  it is flipping hard opening a new business.  I’m sure that’s not news to business-owners, but I’ve never had the opportunity to start a ground-up operation before.  It’s crazy work, crazy hours, but something you can look back on and say ‘holy crap…  we did it.’

In other news…  I feel different.  With every book I read, every film I see, every new song I hear and every new person I talk to the fiber of my understanding changes.  I’m sure it has always been thus, but I am so hyper-aware of it lately.  (the use of the word ‘thus’ was not to come off pretentious, but was meant as a replacement for the more boring phrase ‘this way.’)

Somebody alerted me to the fact that there is a song by The Police called “Synchronicity.”  I had no idea.  So I took a listen and found it catchy…  then I looked up the lyrics and was pleasantly surprised.  I’ll have to link it to my page so that it plays when you visit.

With one breath, with one flow
You will know

A sleep trance, a dream dance
A shared romance

A connecting principle
Linked to the invisible
Almost imperceptible
Something inexpressible
Science insusceptible
Logic so inflexible
Causally connectible
Yet nothing is invincible

If we share this nightmare
Then we can dream
Spiritus mundi

If you act, as you think
The missing link

We know you, they know me

A star fall, a phone call
It joins all