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19 November 2015

Sitting on a Pumpkin ... Daily Journal Horse Paintings by Laurie Pace

  ©+Laurie Pace       Graphics One Design 2015

 Size: 18 x 27  Oil on Canvas. Sold


“I would rather sit on a pumpkin, and have it all to myself, than be crowded on a velvet cushion.” ― Henry David Thoreau

Living life simply?  Sounds like it Henry David Thoreau! Perhaps the absurdity of materialism? Sometimes being alone is more luxurious than sharing space on a velvet cushion. What do you think about the quote? 

Here it is in context:   
"It is the luxurious and dissipated who set the fashions which the herd so diligently follow. The traveller who stops at the best houses, so called, soon discovers this, for the publicans presume him to be a Sardanapalus, and if he resigned himself to their tender mercies he would soon be completely emasculated. I think that in the railroad car we are inclined to spend more on luxury than on safety and convenience, and it threatens without attaining these to become no better than a modern drawing-room, with its divans, and ottomans, and sun-shades, and a hundred other oriental things, which we are taking west with us, invented for the ladies of the harem and the effeminate natives of the Celestial Empire, which Jonathan should be ashamed to know the names of. I would rather sit on a pumpkin and have it all to myself than be crowded on a velvet cushion. I would rather ride on earth in an ox cart, with a free circulation, than go to heaven in the fancy car of an excursion train and breathe a malaria all the way." Henry David Thoreau "Walden" 1. Economy   

Why do we all want to be part of that 'herd'?  Why do we strive to obtain what society deems is the best of everything? Why can we not be content with what has been provided for us and consider it to be enough? I have decided to find my copy of Walden and read it again.  He says man has settled down on earth and forgotten heaven. Tell me your thoughts. You might want to read it too.

Read on:  Henry David Thoreau . "Walden"

"Let my teaching fall like rain and my words descend like dew, like showers on new grass, like abundant rain on tender plants." Deuteronomy 32:2


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