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By David K. Leff

Within the scorching summer season of 2004, David Leff floated clear of the regimen of way of life simply as Henry David Thoreau and his brother had performed of their personal small boat in 1839. Fortified with Thoreau’s observations as printed in per week at the harmony and Merrimack Rivers, Leff introduced his personal inspiration of conscious deep trip to those similar New England waterways. His first-person narrative makes use of his ecological method of taking a look, of going deep instead of a long way, to teach that our outward trips are inseparable from our inward ones. How we see will depend on the place we're in our lives and with whom we go back and forth. Leff selected his partners correctly. In consecutive trips his neighbor and pal Alan, a veteran urban planner; his son Josh, an lively eleven-year-old; and his sweetheart Pamela, a compassionate expert caregiver, further their views to Leff’s personal studies as a central authority legit in usual assets coverage. no longer quite a bit sight seeing as sight looking, jointly they explored a geography of the mind's eye in addition to the wealthy common and human histories of the rivers and their groups. The heightened know-how of deep shuttle calls for that we immerse ourselves totally in locations and discover that they exist in time in addition to area. Its mindfulness enriches the adventure and makes the voyager necessary of the adventure. Leff’s fascinating, contemplative deep shuttle alongside those old rivers provides a strategy for exploration that may improve any journey.

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Seeing a musket in a museum case, looking at a diagram of gun parts, or reading about a soldier’s dinner wasn’t the same as listening to a tale while a man in uniform took apart his firearm or poured coffee from a campfireblackened billy. Not having planned to stop, I hadn’t told Josh anything in advance about the Manse and the characters it had sheltered. Maybe I should have given the docent a chance to make the house come alive through her stories. Maybe a family should be living there. With so many hightech means for conveying information, perhaps we underestimate the power of oral tradition.

They demand that we understand topography and gradient so we won’t miss turns or take-outs. Rivers require that we recognize landmarks so we can measure how far we’ve traveled. Merely by their lack of signs, rivers call for us to pay attention and rely on our own wits. They offer the freedom of not having officialdom constantly telling us what to do in bold print on bright, reflective backgrounds. Rivers are an ideal means of deep travel. The Concord became dank, twisting, bayoulike, and eerily quiet.

He stood enthralled as a soldier wearing a bright striped shirt and white suspenders, his wool coat tossed on the grass, described the parts of his musket—lock, stock, and barrel. The infantryman showed how to carry it and shot a couple of rounds. He related battle experiences so vividly that Josh could hear cannon boom, see flags flapping in a breeze, and smell mud and sweat. He evoked the odor of bacon in the morning and the extremes of hunger that drove men to chew maggoty hardtack. Stories make a difference.

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