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Entries for September 2009


One of the books that had cropped up recently in my readings has been Walden by Henry David Thoreau.  I’m not sure how I escaped adolescence without reading this classic, but until recently I had no desire or thought to read it.  But I have been reading Vagabonding, and author Rolf Potts considers Thoreau the patron saint of vagabonders.  Indeed, I knew the tale – Thoreau gave up his life for two years to reside at Walden Pond.  What I didn’t know was that 200 years ago there was someone who has done what I dream of doing – stepping out of the mediocrity of the basic life to devote to my own pursuits, namely writing, traveling, and swing dancing.

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One of my biggest reasons for wanting to be gainfully self-employed (or at least being able to work from anywhere) is so I can go vagabonding and see the world.  Ever since I can remember, I have loved to travel.

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I think I could figure out what drives me if I was driving this...ah, one can dream...

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