The Concord Writer


Cathryn McIntyre
Cathryn McIntyre is a writer and independent researcher who has studied the life and work of writer, Henry David Thoreau, and the literary history of Concord, Massachusetts for over 25 years, both in university settings and independently.  She has a B.A. in English from Michigan State University and has done graduate work at both Harvard University Extension and Leslie University in Cambridge, Massachusetts.  She is also a natural psychic, who has spent years investigating areas that are considered paranormal by some but that she has come to recognize as a normal but too often dismissed part of life.  Her understanding of spirit has influenced her views of the writers of Concord and of their transcendental beliefs.  It has also influenced the way that she writes.

In, Honor in Concord: Seeking Spirit in Literary Concord, Cathryn combines her knowledge of Concord's literary history with the story of her own life in Concord as a writer struggling to come to terms with her own psychic sensibilities.  She sets out to record the images of Concord's past that are always on her mind and what results is a fictional story, presented within the pages of memoir, where the writers of Concord's past (i.e.  Hawthorne, Alcott, Emerson and Thoreau) are living new lives in Concord in present day.   In Honor in Concord  it is evident that in the world that Cathryn sees the here, the now and the who that we cling to is not so firm and solid as we once thought.  We are more than our physical bodies and we live more than just this one life.

Cathryn considers herself a spiritualist, and defines that as someone who understands and fundamentally relates to the elements of spirit.   She is also a passionate enthusiast for the writers of this most historic and profoundly spiritual place called Concord, Massachusetts.  

Cathryn McIntyre is the author of Honor in Concord: Seeking Spirit in Literary Concord and the upcoming , Thoreau's Wise Silence, that brings Thoreau and his message to life again in the 21st century.  Her essays on transcendentalism and on the politics of Thoreau have appeared in The Thoreau Society Bulletin.     


If you have read Honor in Concord you will remember the pages that refer to my dear friend,  Shelby, who I like to refer to as Concord's talking cat.  Indeed,  I did hear a female voice on two separate occasions that appeared to have no other source but her.  There were no more such occasions until the day that she passed in January 2012, when I both heard and saw an image of her.  She was no longer the tiny relic of a cat that she was at the end of that life, she was not a cat at all.  What I saw was the spirit who had shared so many years with me, showing herself to me in the form of a lovely young woman who was dancing and rejoicing as she moved
toward the light.

If you have a close bond with a pet do not discount it.  You never know what friend from spirit may be present there. 

In the fall of 1992 I had a dream about a black and white cat, and a few days later I found her at a humane society in the mountains of Waitsfield, Vermont.  It is often said that cats are psychic and in Shelby's case it was certainly true.   Because of my own psychic ability, we were able to connect in a rather extraordinary way, which you can see by this moment I wrote about in Honor in Concord. ~ Cathryn McIntyre

Excerpt from,
Honor in Concord: Seeking Spirit in Literary Concord, by Cathryn McIntyre - [Copyright 2008]

"I looked at her and she looked at me and I saw the fear and then the relief in her eyes, and I knew, my dear girl, my Shelby, had awakened at that early morning hour, and finding herself alone on the bed at a time when I am most often there with her, had called out to me, and somehow in some strange way I had heard her."


Honor in Concord: Seeking Spirit in Literary Concord (Memoir & Ficiton ) 2008

The Politics of Thoreau: A Spiritual Intent (essay) 2008

Transcendentalism: A Belief in Spirit (essay) 2006

Works in Progress

Thoreau's Wise Silence
(to be published...)

Contact Information

Cathryn McIntyre
c/o The Concord Writer
P.O. Box 282
, MA 01742
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