I went for a walk around Walden Pond with a friend today. I’m always amazed by how isolated it is. It is so close to Rte. 2 and all of the construction that is currently going on along it. But the only noise not by nature that I heard was from the train that runs by the pond. Seeing the site of Thoreau’s house always makes me think about the past. Thoreau’s Walden is one of my favorite books (actually along with most of Thoreau’s writings). Compared to when Thoreau lived there, it is not isolated at all. In fact there’s a building by the biggest beach, signs and fences everywhere. Along the walk, we’re constantly being told to stay on the path. Thoreau was able to wander as he pleased and explore every inch of the much larger forest that surrounded the pond. What he did was extraordinary even for his times, but I still feel like we can learn a lot from his ideas. Simplify. Live in harmony with nature. Buy and take only what you will use. I’m not saying that’s how I live or that we should all grow our own food. But I do think we should be more aware of where our food comes from and consider all of things that live in our basement and never see the light of day.