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The Concord Writer is a literary and publishing concern dedicated to the words, wisdom
and enduring spirit of Concord writer, Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862).
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Welcome to Concord, Massachusetts, birthplace of The Concord Writer, Henry David Thoreau and home to writer, Cathryn McIntyre. 

Thoreau is most remembered as the man who lived for a time in a cabin at a place called Walden Pond, and for the book he wrote about living there, Walden: Or Life in the Woods.  In Walden, Thoreau states, “Men lead lives of quiet desperation.”  He believes that is because we occupy ourselves with material pursuits and neglect our spiritual natures and he advises us to “Simplify, simplify...” because the more material goods we desire, the more we must work to earn the money to acquire such goods, and the less time we therefore have to live.

Living to Thoreau is not a material endeavor, it is a spiritual one.  He believes in the possibility of every individual to elevate themselves to a height not before reached, should we choose to connect to the wisdom that is there within all of us, and to seek out more than what exists for us in the physical world.  He states, "I know of no more encouraging fact than the unquestionable ability of man to elevate his life by a conscious endeavor," and his statement, “The universe is wider than our views of it,” reminds us of the limitless possibilities that exist for us when we are in touch with our spiritual natures.  

Once, in response to an inquiry from a scientifically-minded man, Thoreau stated, "I am a mystic, a transcendentalist and a natural philosopher to boot."  This was the best way he could think to explain who he was because as a scientist who "did not believe in the higher laws" the man would have no way of understanding the way Thoreau viewed the world.   As someone who has chosen to speak the truth of my own experience, no matter what doubt or disbelief there might be, that  moment in Thoreau's life is deeply meaningful to me.

With the creation of this website and of the company I call The Concord Writer, comes the publication of a book entitled, Honor in Concord: Seeking Spirit in Literary Concord.  It is a book that considers the words and wisdom of Thoreau and the other transcendentalist writers in a rather unusual way.  Honor in Concord is both memoir and fiction.  It is a multi-layered story that weaves incidents from my own life as a writer with a psychic sensibility who is living in one of Concord's historic homes, with a fictional story in which the writers of 19th century Concord are living there again in present day.  It contains short vignettes that vividly capture moments from Concord’s literary past and allow us to see the link that exists between the present and the past.  In this way we are reminded of the presence of spirit in our lives.  We are reminded of what Emerson called the infinitude of the soul.

I am presently at work on a book entitled, Thoreau's Wise Silence, that brings  Thoreau and his message to life again in the 21st century.  As you can see by some of the excerpts from the book that are posted on this website, it is not a traditional, academic, dry, dusty biography that considers the words of a long dead writer who no longer is and will never again be.  Instead, it is a lively record of the words and wisdom of the enduring spirit of Thoreau who always was and always will be.  

I believe that if you pause for five minutes each day, close your eyes and allow yourself to look within, you will find your truest self and it is in that recognition that you will find your greatest joy. 

Open your hearts and minds to the possibilities because that spirit within you is the you that will never end.  Your life is yesterday, today and every tomorrow.  All who ever were still are and always will be.
                     
Cathryn McIntyre
c/o The Concord Writer P.O. Box 282
Concord
, MA 01742
info@theconcordwriter.com

 

 

 

 
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