A Voice For the Wilderness: Aldo Leopold’s A Sand County Almanac

A Sand County Almanac was published in 1948. It took Aldo Leopold ten years to write, which says something about his particular care for such things. In part it is written out of his experience living along the Wisconsin River in what was referred to as The Shack, by the Leopold family. Leopold purchased land… Continue reading A Voice For the Wilderness: Aldo Leopold’s A Sand County Almanac

On Thoreau and His Reading

  Robert D. Richardson Jr.'s, Thoreau: A Life of the Mind  (1987), is an thoroughly researched and amazingly rich biography of the man who, for many, is mainly known as living a semi-solitary two years on property owned by Ralph Waldo Emerson, Walden pond, and offering up, as a product of this living experiment, the… Continue reading On Thoreau and His Reading

A Meditation on Dying — Autumn Light: Season of Fire and Farewells by Pico Iyer

"They say, ninety-one years old, it can't be helped. Almost they don't care, he's so old." These words appear on the first page of Autumn Light: Season of Fire and Farewells. They are the words of Hiroko, Pico Iyer's wife, who calls him from Japan to tell him her father is dying. When we think… Continue reading A Meditation on Dying — Autumn Light: Season of Fire and Farewells by Pico Iyer

Part II: Simone Weil on School Studies in_Waiting for God_ (The Essays)

In the second half of Simone Weil's, Waiting for God, there are several extensive essays on the love of God. While the first essay on school studies might seem out of place; it is in keeping with her main focus, but approached from the point of view of our love for God, rather than God's… Continue reading Part II: Simone Weil on School Studies in_Waiting for God_ (The Essays)