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The Ballad of Thoreau

“I have never found a companion that was so companionable as solitude.”
― Henry David Thoreau, Walden

Part 1
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-2jukNXO37o

Part 2
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sUUx9kps2H4

Part 3
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c3Iq9wxYxSA

Part 4
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y0me3LEFz6E

“Rather than love, than money, than fame, give me truth.”
Thoreau.

I think there are 7 parts or so, I found it to be quite fun.

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Playlist link

Here is the link to the playlist of all 6 parts
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-2jukNXO37o&feature=share&lis...

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http://youtu.be/2n34eeXWjUQ

Fancy Shmancy Fine Print:
http://youtu.be/plIH98Kxu58

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Thanks Wes

I watched most of it last night. The actual book is one of the few books I have ever started and not been able to finish. I can usually finish most books, but I knew there was something good going on there and sometimes having some fiction and theatrics added to the story helps me.

I've watched this a number of times.

Michael Jonathan, the guy who wrote this, is a libertarian and has done wonderful things for the city of Lexington. He's also an environmentalist, advocating personal responsibility (see part 7 http://youtu.be/oAC7E00uQuo ).

The older gentleman and the young lady are fictional characters. Her character Rachel is a mold of Rose Wilder Lane and Ayn Rand. Whom the older gentleman's character is based on escapes my recollection at the moment.

DISCLAIMER:
http://youtu.be/2n34eeXWjUQ

Fancy Shmancy Fine Print:
http://youtu.be/plIH98Kxu58

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Finally something interesting posted. This place is a big bore right now. Except for one specific thread.

thx!

Thanks for link to part two

couldn't find it on youtube.

You did. Awesome.

The more Thoreau is understood, the better he is understood.

I saw the best minds of my generation, destroyed by pandas starving hysterical naked

-Allen Ginsberg

The more Thoreau is understood

It was written to be performed by anyone who wants to put on their own production. Just download the free manuscript.
http://www.waldenplay.com/

[The two act, four character play is a conversation between Thoreau and Emerson set during the final two days Thoreau spent in his cabin before leaving Walden Pond. Easy and fun to produce, over 8,400 colleges, schools, community theaters and homeschools have registered performances of the Walden play in 42 countries. It's a perfect project for autumn or spring around Earth Day. The Walden play script is available in English, French and Spanish.]

DISCLAIMER:
http://youtu.be/2n34eeXWjUQ

Fancy Shmancy Fine Print:
http://youtu.be/plIH98Kxu58

Links to part 2 don't automatically appear...

but once you click past part two on this thread parts 3-end should show up.

Figured that out and glad I did - worth watching mos def.

I saw the best minds of my generation, destroyed by pandas starving hysterical naked

-Allen Ginsberg

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Right Chris... Sure...

Of course Chris, because I bet you were searching high and low lol

Just bored and thought I'd share my awesome find here with the group.

I understand few will think it is awesome.

Kind of like how a lot of your posts are a little ridiculous, yet quite entertaining.

Also kind of like how this forum feels like an extension of Fox News lately and I wanted to add some nature to it.

Finished.

Not a moment wasted.

Check out the Robert Frost Fire and Ice one man play.

My cassette tape dub is not for sale.

I saw the best minds of my generation, destroyed by pandas starving hysterical naked

-Allen Ginsberg

"Also kind of like how this forum feels like an extension of Fox

News lately"

In multiple ways. :)

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.

It's bad when I start swearing as much as I did today.

I know what you mean..

It's early morning and I'm angry as fuck right now but I'm too stubborn to do anything but fight. This "Rand has accomplished greatness" is a load of neocon shit.

ANYWAY.. One of his most famous quotes and instep with my own desires and plans for my future.

"I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived. I did not wish to live what was not life, living is so dear; nor did I wish to practice resignation, unless it was quite necessary. I wanted to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life, to live so sturdily and Spartan-like as to put to rout all that was not life, to cut a broad swath and shave close, to drive life into a corner, and reduce it to its lowest terms, and, if it proved to be mean, why then to get the whole and genuine meanness of it, and publish its meanness to the world; or if it were sublime, to know it by experience, and be able to give a true account of it in my next excursion."

At age 18, I left the comfort and security of my job and home, bought a ten speed at the Florida border and rode cross country, sleeping along the roadside, camping in the forest or wherever I decided to lay down for the night. One of the hardest times in my life but also one of the dearest to my heart. I felt what he wrote about and I want that feeling again and I'll get it.

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:) Youth.

Can't believe we survived it.
For some reason, I thought it would be a good idea to take my live in boyfriend home to Ohio to meet my very conservative Christian parents, in 1980. We took a bus there, and packed the stuff to hitch hike back to Oregon and camp along the way. He was a laid off logger, I worked for the Forest Service and had a ton of A leave to burn. We were going to see the country. We got as far as Indiana before a truck driver stole our stuff. On the trip home, we encountered - and I am not making a word of this up:
A pimp, who tried to get us to take pills all night long, on the promise he would take us to Denver in the morning. He needed one favor from us, he needed to give his boss an excuse why he couldn't come to work, and if my (now husband) would just get out of the car while he and I ran to his boss's house...
No? Well, here - want a pill? No? Well, I'll have one...
All night long, until he finally passed out and we boogied. I think we had each other's fingernail prints in our hands for a week, that was a scary, scary night.
Then there was the cool guy, smoked us out for miles, laughed and told stories, stopped to buy us dinner... then the waitress came by and said "I think the guy you came with just left." Fortunately, the trucker had already stolen everything so we did not lose anything to that guy, and he did pay for our lunch.
That left me sobbing on the ramp, trying to get a ride... and someone actually stopped. To this day, we call him "the magic hippie." He pulled over and said "Want a ride?" and a crying me said "Are you going to fuck us over?" and he reached out, touched my hand (I am tearing up) and I stopped crying, got in his car and slept for hours. It was a little VW, and my husband actually got up front and left me "vulnerable" in the back... after all we had been through, we trusted this guy fully and instantly, and he was as kind a human as I have ever met. I woke up to him pulling over, and my husband saying "We don't have to go home. We could just start over right here." I did not have the courage. I will always wonder...
Then we got picked up in Utah, dragged to the jailhouse at 1 AM and the cop calls some judge and then ordered us to hand over our driver's licenses and our last $17. I had a fit. I said that would make us vagrant, and we were not doing any such thing, and made him call the judge back and let me talk to him. Seriously, cops were more human back then. They settled for a xerox of our licenses, and we walked to the nearest truck stop and got the first ride to Idaho we found. We were in Pocatello before we got to look at a map and realize we were about 100 miles the wrong direction, and spent the night between the double doors at the airport. It was that or freeze to death. It was spring, and Pocatello is not warm, and the wind does not blow, it HOWLS.
When we finally got back to our little town, a friend picked us up and offered to give us a ride home, but we just had him let us off at the highway. I don't remember if we said anything at all as we walked that last mile and a half home. I still can't find any words to say about it.

This is the article that got my posting privileges revoked:
http://bklim.newsvine.com/_news/2013/05/12/18212165-dr-stan-...

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Cool Story

When I was 20 I read Into the Wild about Christopher Mcandless and his trek to Alaska.... Within 2 weeks I had packed up everything I owned convinced my best friend I had it all figured out (I had nothing figured out lol) and him and I lived in tents on the Appalachian for a while then we made it down to Vero Beach Florida and hung out in tents there for a while, and eventually after many missteps we found ourselves in the cascades.

I did not have a computer or a cell phone that whole year and it was so peaceful...

I am glad you are fighting because as much as I have become more vocal around here, I just don't know what to say to the neocons sometimes. I watched the filibuster with my Dad on the phone so I had the luxury of being schooled the whole way through on not falling for any of it. I appreciate him more and more as I get older.

Cool story yourself. The Appalachians are beautiful

I've also done a little "camping" there myself. :)

"I watched the filibuster with my Dad on the phone so I had the luxury of being schooled the whole way through on not falling for any of it. I appreciate him more and more as I get older."

Your Dad sounds like a wise man.

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