Monthly Archives: February 2018

Return to Walden Pond

The plan for my visit to Walden Pond in Concord, Mass., is to plunge into its deep, still waters. Simply dipping a toe in won’t do — my secular baptism will require a full immersion in one of America’s most iconic ponds, made famous by writer and philosopher Henry David Thoreau, who experienced a spiritual…
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Marked forever by ‘My Year of Living Spiritually’

I’m lying on my side on what looks like an operating table while a young woman, wearing a surgical mask, periodically wipes blood off my body with a soft cloth. As she applies pressure and burns an electric needle into my skin, pinpricks of tears threaten to spill from the corners of my eyes. But…
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