Red Oak Renaissance


"I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life..."
Henry David Thoreau“I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived. I did not wish to live what was not life, living is so dear; nor did I wish to practice resignation, unless it was quite necessary. I wanted to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life, to live so sturdily and Spartan-like as to put to rout all that was not life, to cut a broad swath and shave close, to drive life into a corner, and reduce it to its lowest terms.”

– Henry David Thoreau, Walden: Or, Life in the Woods

This quote, and the book itself, was a huge influence on me – even before I knew of its existence. I was traveling down a similar thought pattern as Henry was; wanting a different way of life – an easier, more thoughtful way of life. Thankfully, while listening to a interview with John Taylor Gatto, he mentioned this book and I fell in love.

It’s quite funny; others laugh because they don’t understand when I say I wouldn’t mind living without electricity, indoor plumbing, and all the other simple pleasures we take for granted on a daily basis. “That has to be the strangest thing I have heard coming from a tech guy before,” is the typical response I get.

Hopefully, someday, I can acquire a piece of land and build a small shelter and experience the simple life just as Thoreau did. If anything, it would be a nice little summer get-a-way.

This is a good follow-up to my last post about Being Thankful. This would be one of those situations where this way-of-life changes one’s perspective; building an appreciation for the things our ancestors couldn’t fathom having come easy… such as a “clean” glass of water right from within the comforts of your home. In the future, I will talk about my experience WWOOFing, and how that was the catalysis which changed my life… at least, it was the final

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Red Oak Creek

Turning Red Oak Creek into a Downtown Asset

Red Oak Creek flows just one block from the core of downtown, but, quite simply, it’s a mess. It presents an opportunity for creating an east/west link through the community for walkers and bicyclists, and in the downtown it offers the opportunity for another great public space. Red Oak Creek offers a chance to reclaim a bit of nature that has been lost – even disrespected – in Red Oak, and to reclaim it in ways that bolster downtown’s business climate and creates a place for families and children.

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Initiating the Local Movement

Initiating the Local Movement

God has given me the beautiful gift of good health and the eyes to see through disillusionment. It is my goal to dedicate my time and energy towards something larger than myself. I want to help create this new path forward, and I will do all that I can to succeed.

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