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By David K. Leff

Within the scorching summer season of 2004, David Leff floated clear of the regimen of everyday life simply as Henry David Thoreau and his brother had performed of their personal small boat in 1839. Fortified with Thoreau’s observations as printed in per week at the harmony and Merrimack Rivers, Leff introduced his personal inspiration of conscious deep trip to those related New England waterways. His first-person narrative makes use of his ecological means of having a look, of going deep instead of a long way, to teach that our outward trips are inseparable from our inward ones. How we see depends upon the place we're in our lives and with whom we commute. Leff selected his partners properly. In consecutive trips his neighbor and buddy Alan, a veteran urban planner; his son Josh, an lively eleven-year-old; and his sweetheart Pamela, a compassionate specialist caregiver, further their views to Leff’s personal studies as a central authority professional in typical assets coverage. now not lots sight seeing as sight looking, jointly they explored a geography of the mind's eye in addition to the wealthy average and human histories of the rivers and their groups. The heightened information of deep trip calls for that we immerse ourselves absolutely in locations and detect that they exist in time in addition to house. Its mindfulness enriches the event and makes the voyager necessary of the adventure. Leff’s fascinating, contemplative deep shuttle alongside those historical rivers provides a strategy for exploration that might enhance any journey.

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C o n c o r d a n d c o n f l i c t 2 3 The often swift Assabet and the quieter, meandering Sudbury were Thoreau’s headwater rivers and among his principal inspirations. He spent as much time on them as on any body of water. Pulitzer Prize– winning author and naturalist Edwin Way Teale paddled the Concord’s tributaries with fellow naturalist Ann Zwinger in the late 1970s, and they would have gone beyond Egg Rock had not Teale died in 1980 at age eighty-one. Though he didn’t canoe the Concord and Merrimack, his Thoreauvian insights and river observations published in A Conscious Stillness, the book Zwinger finished after his death, are as fitting and fully realized as any ever penned.

Without stories, Independence Hall is just a wellproportioned brick building and Arlington a bucolic cemetery. Telling and listening to stories connect us with places, join us to distant lands and long-ago people. c o n c o r d a n d c o n f l i c t 3 5 These story-filled reenactors and their compatriots at Gettysburg, Antietam, and elsewhere had ignited Josh’s interest in history, an unusual passion for a fifth-grader. Their theatrics birthed his deep traveler’s understanding that places exist temporally as well as spatially.

C o n c o r d a n d c o n f l i c t 2 3 The often swift Assabet and the quieter, meandering Sudbury were Thoreau’s headwater rivers and among his principal inspirations. He spent as much time on them as on any body of water. Pulitzer Prize– winning author and naturalist Edwin Way Teale paddled the Concord’s tributaries with fellow naturalist Ann Zwinger in the late 1970s, and they would have gone beyond Egg Rock had not Teale died in 1980 at age eighty-one. Though he didn’t canoe the Concord and Merrimack, his Thoreauvian insights and river observations published in A Conscious Stillness, the book Zwinger finished after his death, are as fitting and fully realized as any ever penned.

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