Thoreau was born at this Minott House on Virginia Road on July 12, 1817. "Although he lived on the farm for only a short time, it provided both inspiration and subject matter for his writings. ...The picture they draw of life on Virginia Road provides a glimpse into early 19th-century Concord farm life as well as into the mind of Thoreau." (Thoreau Farm blog)
A peek into Thoreau's transcendentalist philosophy and social critique. His life in the woods wasn't just a silly experiment; he wanted to show people how chasing after the trivialities of life -- comfort, material things, etc. -- isn't satisfying. Life is meant for more.
Thoreau was curious to know how deep Walden Pond really was. "It is remarkable how long men will believe in the bottomlessness of a pond without taking the trouble to sound it." So, he surveyed it himself, an action which, of course, was accompanied by a philosophical reflection: "What if all ponds were shallow? Would it not react on the minds of men? I am thankful that this pond was made deep and pure for a symbol. While men believe in the infinite some ponds will be thought to be bottomless."
"Why should we be in such desperate haste to succeed, and in such desperate enterprises? If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, how ever measured or far away." (Walden-- Where I Lived, and What I Lived For)
Gardens Grow Minds: The School as Green Educator By Mary Quattlebaum “We have a garden! With flowers and butterflies!” The third graders beam as they describe their wildlife garden during my author visit to St. John the Baptist (SJB) School in Maryland. I thought about their enthusiasm and the dedicated teachers and parent volunteer, Mary Phillips, I met that day as I researched and wrote Jo MacDonald Had a Garden (Dawn Publica