...who passed on this day 159 years ago.
Thoreau spent two years, two months and two days awakening to nature at Walden Pond.
"I wanted," he wrote, "to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life."
In golden sunlight amid leaves of varying earth tones I walk the mile-and-a-half trail around Walden Pond, stopping to visit where Thoreau built a small cabin from which to embrace the natural world.
He had this to say about a railway track that had recently been laid nearby: "Men have become the tools of their tools."
In this regard, Thoreau shared a common theme with Vonnegut: Why do humans believe it is their (God-given) right to own and plunder the planet?
"Go confidently in the direction of your dreams."