12.10.2013

suddenly softened
...Thoreau's Journal: 10-Dec-1854

Weather warmer; snow softened. Saw a large flock of snow buntings (quite white against woods, at any rate), though it is quite warm. Snow-fleas in paths; first I have seen. Hear the small woodpecker’s whistle; not much else; only crows and partridges else, and chickadees. How quickly the snow feels the warmer wind! The crust which was so firm and rigid is now suddenly softened and there is much water in the road.

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hey, folks - for those of you who aren't spiritually muddle-headed or some kind of PC wuss, check out these quotes from Henry's Journals and see what we are missing:

http://www.sniggle.net/Experiment/index.php?entry=excerpts

The owner of this blog is essentially censoring what we can read and know about Henry. I wonder what Henry would have to say about that?

It will be interesting to see if this post stays. It will be even more interesting to see some meaty quotes from Henry that have nothing to do with nature for a change.

greg perry said...

"Censoring what we can read and know about Henry." Wow! You really are giving me and this blog way too much credit.

Deborah said...

Though this is my first post, I have been visiting this blog for years, and I want to say that I enjoy the posts of nature observations. I often compare the weather to that of what he describes or imagine the scenery of his excursions. I certainly have an interest in reading additional work of Thoreau, so I have purchased texts and I do intend on visiting this suggested link, but I don't feel the accusations of censorship are warranted. I am personally offended by the tranquility of this blog being compromised by the negative accusations and personal attacks on the blog owner who takes time out of his life to post something different each day for the entertainment of myself and others.

Jenna said...

Greg -- I've been a constant reader for years and completely appreciate the work you do.

greg perry said...

Thank you Deborah and Jenna; I enjoy that you enjoy!

Anonymous said...

Censoring means prohibiting access to some information. We are not prohibited from reading Thoreau's journals or other works, fortunately, but not all of it has to go on this blog! This blog provides daily inspiration and enjoyment, and those unhappy with it should look elsewhere.

Northland said...

Anonymous@3:06
I am amazed that Perry allows your snarky BS on his blog. I have read much of Thoreau's works, and I would say that you need to look elsewhere and quit with your negativity. Perry does print "political" postings by Thoreau when they appear in the Journals, but there really aren't many of them compared with the Journal writings that are nature observations, as a perusal of the web site that you posted shows. I think YOU are "spiritually muddle-headed or some kind of PC wuss".

Harry said...

Wow...I drop in here periodically because I find the posts to be refreshing like a cup of cool water on a summer's day. And I find someone accusing Greg of censorship. Personally, I've for several years been amazed at his dedication to keep a daily posting regimen. And I find it interesting that the site we're directed to by "Anonymous" is itself a set of excerpts.

X Vel said...

The owner of this blog seems to have a jealous detractor - one attempting for a while now to sour our quiet comments section. I will not follow one so petty, no matter his derision.

Nothing is amiss here save this bickering. Consider better, within your capacity and measure, the goodness of these posted excerpts, and of their devoted readers.

michael jameson said...

i went for a walk in the woods!.