Midweek: Wishing for Concord, Mass

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1. Concord School of Philosophy, 2. Louisa May Alcott School–Cleveland, Ohio (4), 3. Little Women / Louisa May Alcott, 4. Little Women (1994), 5. Little Women cover, 6. Louisa May Alcott’s house, 7. Concord, Massachusetts, 8. Walden Pond, Concord, Massachusetts, 9. Louisa May Alcott’s Apple Slump

I’m really just in the mood for nice New England things right now. Autumn doesn’t happen where I live until about December or so, but we bravely drink pumpkin spice lattes in 70-degree weather in October and pretend the leaves are changing color because it’s cold and not because it hasn’t rained for three weeks. So I’m definitely in a Concord frame of mind. One of my professors is there right now, and left us with a video called The American Transcendentalists. She warned us it would be cheesy, but nothing could have prepared us for the dude cosplaying Henry David Thoreau, swirling his hands through the water of Walden Pond and reciting from Walden with dramatic…pauses and theatrical emphasis. Lots of gentle guitar in the background. Louisa M. showed up briefly, so they could show her grave in Sleepy Hollow. No Alcott cosplayers available, I guess.

Things are going quite well. I’ve gotten many things done, almost all of which I intended to get done, followed my schedule…mostly…and actually went to sleep at 9:30 last night and will probably be in bed by 9:30 tonight. It’s a Christmas hot summer miracle!

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