Journeys of Simplicity: Traveling Light with Thomas Merton, Basho, Edward Abbey, Annie Dillard & Others


Where do our journeys take us?
What do we leave behind?
What do we carry with us?
How do we find our way?

You are invited to consider a more graceful way of traveling through life. With arresting ...

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Where do our journeys take us?
What do we leave behind?
What do we carry with us?
How do we find our way?

You are invited to consider a more graceful way of traveling through life. With arresting clarity, Journeys of Simplicity offers vignettes of forty travelers and the few, ordinary things they carried with them—from place to place, from day to day, from birth to death.

Edward Abbey • Nellie Bly • Raymond Carver
Dorothy Day • Marcel Duchamp • Dolores Garcia
/Emma “Grandma” Gatewood • Mohandas Gandhi
Peter Matthiessen • William Least Heat Moon
John Muir • Robert Pirsig • Sir Ernest Henry Shackleton
Henry David Thoreau • Father Zossima • and others

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Here's what John Muir brought on his 1,000-mile trek from Indiana to the Gulf of Mexico: a comb, a brush, a towel, soap, a change of underclothing, five books, a plant press and a map. "Only by going alone in silence, without baggage, can one truly get into the heart of the wilderness," he wrote. In Philip Harnden's quirky, reflective book Journeys of Simplicity: Traveling Light with Thomas Merton, Basho, Edward Abbey, Annie Dillard & Others, Harnden gives us the lists of objects that famous pilgrims took with them on their travels. Bilbo Baggins wouldn't have strayed from the Shire without his pipe and tobacco (though we learn that he forgot other necessities such as money, a hat and a walking stick). Most entertaining is the substantial list of items Henry David Thoreau brought with him on a 12-day canoe trip in Maine; ironically enough, the man who told others to "simplify, simplify" toted along 166 pounds of stuff. Harnden notes that the book's title is something of a double entendre: it helps us to imagine light, unencumbered journeying, but it also points to the divine Light that illuminates our trail. Copyright 2003 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781594731815
  • Publisher: Jewish Lights Publishing
  • Publication date: 9/1/2007
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 112
  • Sales rank: 524,506
  • Product dimensions: 4.80 (w) x 7.20 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Philip Harnden was the publisher of The Other Side, a magazine of spirituality and social action, for a dozen years. A Quaker, he has written on subjects as diverse as the land rights of Native Americans and the spiritual life of Fritz Eichenberg. A former correspondent for Religion News Service, Harnden has also been a commentator on North Country Public Radio. He lives in northern New York State, not far from the Canadian border.

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Table of Contents

On Traveling Light 1
Thomas Merton 6
John Muir 8
Henry Beston 10
Marcel Duchamp 12
Annie Dillard 14
Matsuo Basho 16
Edward Abbey 18
Father Zossima 20
Dolores Garcia 22
Henry David Thoreau 24
The Other Henry Thoreau 28
Will Baker 30
A Celtic Woman 32
Father Terence 34
Werner Herzog 36
Raymond Carver 38
Sue 40
Ephraim M'Ikiara 44
Japheth M. Ryder 46
Emma "Grandma" Gatewood 50
Ishmael 52
Fermina Daza 54
Peter Matthiessen 56
John Jack 58
Eric Hoffer 60
Bilbo Baggins 62
Bill Wasovwich 64
The Hermit of Tailaoshan 66
Jesus of Nazareth 68
George Washington Sears 70
William Least Heat Moon 72
Arctic Tern 76
Frank O'Malley 78
Kamo no Chomei 80
David and Goliath 84
Dorothy Day 86
Sir Ernest Henry Shackleton 88
Robert Pirsig 90
Peace Pilgrim 94
Nellie Bly 96
Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi 98
Sources 101
About SkyLight Paths 110
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