We Took to the Woods, 2nd Edition

We Took to the Woods, 2nd Edition[Reading] ➮ We Took to the Woods, 2nd Edition ➶ Louise Dickinson Rich – Oaklandjobs.co.uk Between the time Louise Dickinson gave up wanting to be a brakeman on a freight train and definitely decided to become an English teacher she would say when asked what she was going to do with her lif Between the time Louise Dickinson gave up wanting to the PDF º to be We Took ePUB ✓ a brakeman on a freight train and definitely decided to become Took to the eBook ¸ an English teacher she would say when asked what she was Took to the Woods, 2nd eBook ó going to do with her life that she was going to live alone in a cabin in the Maine woods and write Years later when she received a letter from a friend exclaiming Isn't it wonderful that you're at last doing what you always wanted she realized with a start that she was living her old dream We Took To The Woods is than an adventure story than simple nature study; it portrays a cherished dream awakened into full life Written with warmth and enthusiasm and great charm it is a book to stir the imagination of every reader and kindle his heart with envy. Favorite passageAt night after being at Prospect I lie in bed and see great clusters of berries slide by endlessly against my closed lids They haunt me There are so many of them yet unpicked so many that will never be picked The birds and bears and foxes will eat a few but most of them will drop off at the first frost to return to the sparse soil of Prospect whatever of value they borrowed from it Nature is strictly moral There is no attempt to cheat the earth by means of steel vault or bronze coffin I hope that when I die I too may be permitted at once my oldest outstanding debt to restore promptly the minerals and salts that have been lent to me for the little while that I have use for blood and bone and flesh I'm a person who hated living at the end of a dirt road with other houses close enough to see and begged my husband to move because I felt isolated so why I love books about people living in the middle of nowhere is beyond me This book was written in 1942 by a woman who lived in the woods of northern Maine with her husband and small son Their nearest neighbor was 2 miles away They dealt with snow and cold and wild animals and all sorts of other difficulties but always with a lot of of common sense and fortitude I have an elderly neighbor who lived in Maine years ago and loved it so I'm passing this book on to her Interesting sidenote the author's father was a cousin of Emily Dickinson This book also has interesting black and white photos of the area and people Enjoyable read This book made me want to take to the woods to wear my comfy clothes with no waistbands to not fight the winter to cook creatively to enjoy my house and its surroundings and to live simply Though the story preserves some uaintness from a less modern time Louise Rich still appeals to the modern reader Don't ask me how I happened to stumble upon this book published in 1942 Serendipity at workand an on going fascination with books set in Maine of late There it was amongst the Dewey Decimal Code 9174 books geography of and travel in North America New England There I found a book to treasureRalph Rich bought a piece of land in rural Maine for a summer camp after having spent boyhood summers there and feeling a fierce desire to return On his first day there as fate would have it along comes school teacher on vacation Louise Dickinson her sister and some friends hiking through the woods They stop to chat and he invites them to stay for the rest of the week to fish sun bathe swim He tells the girls of his dream to spend the rest of his life roughing it in the Maine woods Louise is enchanted and voila they are soon married In We Took To The Woods Louise chronicles eight years of their lives spent living that dream during the 1930s Talk about roughing it This was truly rustic country life no electricity no central heating no indoor plumbing Childbirth without benefit of midwife or doctor's care Totally at the mercy of Mother Nature snowbound for weeks at a time And don't forget this is a time before snow mobiles internet connection cell phonesLouise tells their story with great laugh out loud humor and beautiful descriptive writing Nobody could be bored in autumn when the air is like wine and the hills are hazy tapestries with the red and gold thread of the frost touched maple and birch embroidering a breath taking design on the permanent dark fabric of the evergreens The lakes then are unbelievably blueEach chapter starts with a uestion she has been asked by incredulous friends and curious visitors 'Why don't you write a book?'; 'But how do you make a living?'; 'But you don't live here all the year 'round?'; 'Isn't housekeeping difficult?'; 'Aren't the children a problem?'; What do you do with all your spare time?'; 'Don't you ever get bored?'; Aren't you ever frightened?'; Don't you get awfully out of touch?'; 'Do you get out very often?'; 'Is it worth while?'To that last uestion is it worth while Louise writes Discontent is only the fear of missing something Content is the knowledge that you aren't missing a thing worth while I know that many people perhaps most people couldn't feel that living here they held within their grasp all the best of life So for them it wouldn't be the best For us it is And that's the final answerPostscript People are still homesteading of course even in the twenty first century This morning I was looking through the latest Penzeys Spices catalog and read an article about a young couple who live in a little old fishing cabin in a very rural part of Ontario No Internet access and no reliable cellphone reception 30 kilometers from the nearest regular store They sold their vehicle a few years ago to save money and help the environment The wife says It's a little like living in a time warp Maybe I should send them a copy of Rich's book eh? I've read this book several times and love it When it was published in 1942 it became a best seller People identified with the simple life that the Riches created far from a world at war Her descriptions of the beat and rhythm of everyday life a life immersed in the natural world really resonated with people Soldiers actually carried it in their kit to fuel their dreams of peace and solitudeThe book describes the Riches' life at Forrest Lodge a house that is perched high above the Rapid River The property also includes the winter house a smaller house that was easier to heat than the lodge but has rustic amenities Rich describes ordinary days days filled with fishing blueberrying and snowshoeing but also with car repair stocking up food cooking and laundry Somehow this all reads as super wonderfulRich is an excellent writer Funny kind descriptive of the natural world in a way that can turn your heart over Louise Rich wrote many many books and stories and they are all good Happy the Land is the companion to We Took to the Woods There has been a very good biography written by Alice Arlen called She Took to the Woods In it are excerpts and examples of stories that Rich wrote often for women's magazines such as Good Housekeeping and Family Circle I live in Maine and three years ago I was able to visit Forrest Lodge My friend and I rode on a boat from the South Arm of Richardson Lake We went the length of this gorgeous undeveloped lake to Middle Dam We then clambered into an old Suburban and bounced over the Carry Road to Forrest Lodge The property is relatively unchanged since the Rich's lived there Louise's typewriter still sits on the desk in the living room the kitchen that she had built under the camp looks untouched We ate lunch on the porch and saw the winter camp it's right next door where Rufus was born with only his dad in attendance We went down down to the river's edge; its roar easily audible all over the property inside and outThis river is an important resource for brook trout a wild tumbling crashing rush of 3 12 miles of river that drops 185 feet with NO waterfall The fate of Forrest Lodge is uncertain Although listed on the National Register of Historic Places it seems worthy of preservation in care of the State of Maine as an historic site sort of like Eagle Island Admiral Peary's summer place but it is very remote My family has a summer house on Lake Winnipesaukee in New Hampshire and We Took to the Woods has been enjoyed by many of my relatives throughout the years we often use the term woods ueer which Rich coined to describe the boredom and weird behavior that sets in after spending too long in the woods I finally got around to reading the novel and I am very glad I did Rich's memoirs of her time living with her family in the Maine woods are well written funny and meaningful Several people had recommended Rich's novel to me because I am also a big fan of Thoreau's writing and indeed found many similarities here Rich did live a Thoreau like existence and in some ways her novel is a modern Walden Rich however was even removed from society than Thoreau and unlike him she had a family to support Both writers have the ability describe those moments of nature's beauty that often evade words Rich like Thoreau makes her tale of living in the woods something profound than mere personal accounts She includes thoughts about judging people by how they treat each other rather than by their class or education as well as meditations on the world as a whole Rich alludes occasionally to World War II which was rapidly changing her society and wonders also about whether in the future people will still value undeveloped spaces and natural beauty Like Walden We Took to the Woods is timeless relevant and makes me evaluate what really matters in life At the time I discovered this book I expected it to be a sort of city folk moving to the country tale Like The Egg and I or the TV series Green Acres it would be a bit of a lark Having read the book I can now say it is something much different and much better Louise Dickinson longed for adventure even as a girl she wanted to be a brakeman on a freight train when she grew up After finally deciding on a career as an English teacher she told friends her ultimate goal was to move to the Maine woods to be a writer She went on a vacation there and met Ralph Rich who had moved to the North Woods after living in Chicago Finding herself smitten she gave up a settled life in Boston to marry him and live her dreamRich organizes her book as a series of anecdotes Each chapter asks one of the uestions she hears often about her life What do you do with all your spare time? Aren't you ever frightened? Each one shows what life is like a 20th century Eastern existence that had much in common with the 19th century West She portrays a life built on the barter system and seasonal work one in which there is always work to be done In the final chapter Is it worth while? she talks about what her life means to her In doing so she goes beyond the stories to consider what truly matters in her life This is a well written wonderful book Loved this Another book I won't part with Another autobiographical account of a woman's life in a time and country long gone Not feminist simply an account Simply written and a lovely way of life recounted Another read that makes me fear I was born in the wrong time envious of a simple even if difficult compared to today's standards way of life I wish I'd been able to personally know the author she was a Classy Broad I found the first half of the book interesting but the later chapters seemed to be of the same It was a nice winter read and my copy is an old one with a picture of snowy woods on the dust jacket so it was visually appealing as well Just a wonderful delightful book about a life well lived Something to take lots of inspiration from

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  • We Took to the Woods, 2nd Edition
  • Louise Dickinson Rich
  • English
  • 20 February 2015
  • 9780892720163