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Journeys of Simplicity

You are invited to consider a more graceful way of travelling through life. With arresting clarity, this slim spiritual companion offers vignettes of forty travellers and the few, ordinary things they carried with them - from place to place, from day to day, from birth to death. What Thoreau took to Walden Pond. What Thomas Merton packed for his final trip to Asia. What Annie Dillard keeps in her writing tent. What Edward Abbey and a friend packed (and forgot to pack) for a float trip down the Colorado River. What an impoverished cook served M. F. K. Fisher for dinner. Gandhi's possessions at the time of his death. These vignettes create a spare poetry, a meditation on unencumbered living. In its own quiet way, this book ponders the light by which we travel, the light that guides our way - our travelling light. Not a 'simple living' book, reciting tips for how to pinch pennies or get rid of clutter, but a book to be savoured slowly, to remind us what is truly essential.
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About the Author

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


"'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 "'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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