“If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them.”
I’m re-reading Henry David Thoreau’s Walden; or Life in the Woods. I do this once each year in February, when it’s dark and snowy and cold here in Minnesota. The calm, measured writing reminds me to live deliberately, engage in conversation with friends, slow down, and above all to see and hear and be grateful for the world in which I live.
I do not wish to live in the woods in a cabin. Well, not most days. Simple sounds appealing, but Thoreau reminds me that life is not simple anywhere.
There are so many Quotable Quotes in Walden that it is sometimes difficult to make reading progress. There is too much reflecting going on.
Do you need an accessible way to introduce students or the teens in your family to Walden? Thoreau at Walden by John Porcellino, with an introduction by D.B. Johnson (Hyperion Books) is exactly what you need. This graphic novel will entice its readers to want to know more. The clear, often wordless, illustrations are ideal for involving the reader’s brain and making the text interactive. “Could he survive, possibly even thrive, by stripping away all superfluous luxuries, living a plain, simple life in radically reduced conditions?” (Jonathan Levin, intro to Barnes & Noble Classic Version of Walden) In an age of technological marvels and challenges, could there be a better time for this book?