My brief essay appears on Monday’s River Teeth Journal‘s “Beautiful Things.” Please have a look or even comment:

“Our life is frittered away by detail. Simplify, simplify, simplify! I say, let your affairs be as two or three, and not a hundred or a thousand; instead of a million count half a dozen, and keep your accounts on your thumb-nail.”—Henry David Thoreau, Walden

Perhaps not everyone fantasizes about a simpler life, but I know I am not alone in imagining that complication might be set aside. To walk streets without concern or worry, to simplify.

It is a paradox. What does not fit upon my thumbnail, those details that exceed the fingers of one hand plus one, are still of matter. Life is not only engagement with two or three but always of dozens, and in the larger sense they encompass multitudes, the entire world.


7 thoughts on “BEAUTIFUL THINGS

  1. Congratulations! Ironically (or not), in order to leave a comment, I had to email a link to your piece to myself and work from my desktop. My phone seems to want simplicity and not have too many simultaneous demands made of it 😉 Well worth the effort. I truly enjoyed reading your narrative.

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    1. Thank you so much for your efforts and for your reading. It was ironic to me that the one time I appear in “Beautiful Things” was during their transition. As a result, though I knew it was there, the announcement of a new post with link was not sent to me as it had been each Monday for years.

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