Jan. 2nd, 2011

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2 January 1859: Diary of Henry David Thoreau
"When I hear the hypercritical quarreling about grammar and style, the position of the particles, etc., etc., stretching or contracting every speaker to certain rules of theirs. I see that they forget that the first requisite and rule is that expression shall be vital and natural, as much as the voice of a brute or an interjection: first of all, mother tongue; and last of all, artificial or father tongue. Essentially your truest poetic sentence is as free and lawless as a lamb's bleat. The grammarian is one who can neither cry nor laugh, yet thinks he can express human emotions. So the posture-masters tell you how you shall walk - turning your toes out, perhaps excessively - but so the beautiful walkers are not made."

Title: Ice Gazers (lying on Walden Pond Winter 2007)
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The 2011 365 Project

On a New Year's Day, Thoreau wrote (at age 34) in his journal, "I wish to be translated to the future - and look at my work as if it were a structure on the plain. to observe what portions have crumbled under the influence of the elements."

Remarkably, little has. If anything, Thoreau's message that we should strive for a simple life seems more timely as the years go by - if ever harder to attain.

so - for my 365 project for 2011 - I'll be using quotes from Thoreau, Emerson and other Transcendentalist thinkers as well as quotes on the themes of simplifying our lives, finding peace and being responsible for our paths and for honoring the paths of those around us as free of judgement as possible. Each path is unique - and should be honored accordingly.
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We were out for Sunday brunch today - and I asked Dave why he never orders eggs or pancakes when we're out for brunch. (he usually orders a fresh fruit and yogurt parfait) and his answer - without thinking about it - was, "Why would I order something out in a restaurant that my boyfriend could make not only better but probably a lot more healthy?" (*swoon*) so for dinner tonight? We had pancakes, fruit compote (brandied pears with some of yesterday's tart filling), and (if I say so myself) absolutely perfectly cooked over easy eggs. :) YAY!

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