Thoreau and Rivers

My “relationship” to Henry David Thoreau started back in high school when my favorite teacher of all time, Lowell Young, quoted him with passages like… “I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.” I have always wanted to make a difference, live deliberately and not come to the end of my days with regrets. My blog name reflects this in borrowing again from Thoreau.

I was born upon thy bank, river
My blood flows in thy stream,
And thou meanderest forever,
At the bottom of my dream.

It is a time for searching, dreaming and meandering. Today was the first day of the drive, heading toward California via Oregon, leaving my beloved Seattle. I was surprised with an unexpected reaction of being lonely. And this is only day ONE! But even so it was good to feel emotion and know that as I flow down the streams of highways I am alive and human and striving to live a fully present life. It also goes to show that Seattle still holds my heart with so many there that I love. As I forge across the USA I will be connected to the northwest with elastic strings. I can stretch out taut on the line, but the gentle pull of love will remind me that home truly is where the heart is. Bon Voyage Beloveds.


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