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

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

by Philip Harnden


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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

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781594731815
Publisher: Turner Publishing Company
Publication date: 09/01/2007
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 144
Sales rank: 417,926
Product dimensions: 1.97(w) x 2.85(h) x 0.43(d)

About 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.

Table of Contents

On Traveling Light
Thomas Merton
John Muir
Henry Beston
Marcel Duchamp
Annie Dillard
Matsuo Basho
Edward Abbey
Father Zossima
Dolores Garcia
Henry David Thoreau
The Other Henry Thoreau
Will Baker
A Celtic Woman
Father Terence
Werner Herzog
Raymond Carver
Ephraim M'Ikiara
Japheth M. Ryder
Emma "Grandma" Gatewood
Fermina Daza
Peter Matthiessen
John Jack
Eric Hoffer
Bilbo Baggins
Bill Wasovwich
The Hermit of Tailaoshan
Jesus of Nazareth
George Washington Sears
William Least Heat Moon
Arctic Tern
Frank O’Malley
Kamo no Chomei
David and Goliath
Dorothy Day
Sir Ernest Henry Shackleton
Robert Pirsig
Peace Pilgrim
Nellie Bly
Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi


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Journeys of Simplicity: Traveling Light with Thomas Merton, Basho, Edward Abbey, Annie Dillard & Others 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
jwhenderson on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A book which shares vignettes of spare poetry about the beauties of unencumbered living. Drawn from disparate sources, both literary and real life, the brief chapters in this book show the minimal material possessions that are required for living fulfilled lives. Some of the vignettes are of well-known figures like Edward Abbey, Thoreau, Merton, Muir, and Werner Herzog; others, drawn from literature include Ishmael, Father Zossima, and Bilbo Baggins; yet others were unfamiliar to this reader, including Dolores Garcia, Father Terence and Emma Gatewood. This book is worth meditating upon as a reminder of what is essential for living a life.
jolyonpatten on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
One of my desert island books. Lovely pieces from all over the place, including Thomas Merton and Raymond Carver as standouts (for me). Much to learn.