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Journeys of Simplicity


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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 Sue Ephraim M'Ikiara Japheth M. Ryder Emma "Grandma" Gatewood Ishmael 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 Sources

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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


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.

"'How much should I carry with me?' is the quintessential question for any journey, especially the journey of life. Herein you'll find sage, sly, wonderfully subversive advice." -Bill McKibben, author, The End of Nature

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