June 14, 2009 |
"The change from storm and winter to serene and mild weather, from dark and sluggish hours to bright and elastic ones, is a memorable crisis which all things proclaim." -- So Henry David Thoreau described the ever-changing woods of Walden Pond in 1846, during his experiment in living deliberately. More than a century and a half later, visitors to the clapboard-dotted meadows of Concord can discover the same thing for themselves.
June 6, 2004 |
In the metropolis, everyone needs a sustaining myth, and usually it's called "retirement." Here's the plan: Toil hard. Make a name for yourself. Hire a financial advisor. When you get tired, give up that hard-earned name, sell your empty nest and leave the city to live in a detached 2+2 by a golf course in an "active adult community" along the I-10 or the I-15.
March 14, 2004 |
Paths of Desire: The Passions of a Suburban Gardener Dominique Browning Scribner: 240 pp., $24 Spring is here. What's the next best thing to gardening? Reading about it. (Some may say better -- no messy dirt, no incriminating black thumbs.) Dominique Browning, editor in chief of House & Garden magazine writes about how her garden, less than a half-acre in Westchester, N.Y., "feels, or said another way, how the garden makes me, and those who visit, feel."
December 13, 2003
Gina PICCALO'S description of postmodern "real" ("Looking for 'Real,' " Dec. 6) illustrates how absurdly ostentatious and deluded we have become as we search in vain for meaning through consumerism. As a high school teacher who has taught the philosophical significance of Thoreau and Emerson, I have to laugh at the hyperbole of sociologist Paul H. Ray when he asserts that "now we're talking about tens of millions" of people who have embraced the same simplicity that Henry David Thoreau espoused in "Walden."
March 9, 2002
Reading "Plan to Bag Rivers May Not Float," Eric Bailey's fine March 2 story on entrepreneur Ric Davidge's scheme to "suck fresh water from two North Coast rivers, stow it in massive poly-fiber bags . . . and tow the floating sacks . . . south . . . to slake San Diego's thirst," I recalled Henry David Thoreau's reaction to a similar scheme, on a much smaller scale, to install pipes to transport water from his beloved Walden Pond to homes in the nearby...
April 5, 1998
Unfortunately, the salaries cited in "Supply of Skilled Machinists Is Tighter Than Ever" [March 18] are an exception to the rule. With the perks and salaries Superior Jig is offering, their base rate charged to their customers must be $150 to $175 per hour. Regretfully, 99% of the manufacturing industry's base rate is $45 to $65 per hour, and annual salaries of $20,000 to $35,000, excluding benefits, are more the norm. The manufacturing industry is a true laggard as far as wages go, despite the fact that machinists contribute to nearly all phases of what we have and what we can do. It is truly one of the most unappreciated and unrewarding trades, henceforth the shortage of skilled machinists.