The first Wednesday in March is National Read Aloud Day. Some texts are written to be read aloud. Sometimes when I am stumped by a particularly difficult passage, I will close the office door and reread it aloud. Sometimes hearing and reading will help me decipher meaning. Reading is such a fundamental skill, and reading aloud helps to develop that skill, yet past childhood we do little reading aloud. It is a practice we might all benefit from continuing to do.
I decided to read and record a a passage from one of my favorite books. It only took me a moment to know what I wanted to read, it is a passage from Walden by Henry David Thoreau. Walden was an assigned reading in High School, I believe it was assigned by Jack McCoy, who is now retired and I hear from regularly on Facebook. I started into the book and couldn't put it down. I reread parts of it in College. It is one of the few books that I have re-read many times. The selection is from the section of the book on "why I went to live in the woods." It has great meaning. I am past the stage of wanting to go live in the woods, but the idea of living simply and pulling great joy out of life, while being a sculpture of our happiness continues to ring true for me.