• Thought often attributed to Thoreau, the quotation is not his. The first half of this quotation is a misquotation from Thoreau’s Walden:

    “The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation. What is called resignation is confirmed desperation. From the desperate city you go into the desperate country, and have to console yourself with the bravery of minks and muskrats. A stereotyped but unconscious despair is concealed even under what are called the games and amusements of mankind. There is no play in them, for this comes after work. But it is a characteristic of wisdom not to do desperate things.”

    The second half of this quotation is misattributed to Thoreau and may be a misquotation or misremembering of Oliver Wendell Holmes’ (1809-1894) “The Voiceless”:

    Alas for those that never sing,
    But die with all their music in them.

    — Jeffrey S. Cramer, editor of The Quotable Thoreau

  • I can not tell you how disappointed I am that I can not consider attending this workshop. You, Margaret Feinberg, and Jon Acuff are among the top five writers I admire most. My husband and I are leading a trip to Rwanda to work with Africa New Life October 18-28. I will pray that those you teach will be encouraged and gain the skills they need to move forward. I will share the workshop information with those I know who may be able to attend. And I hope you will consider doing this again so that I can have the opportunity to learn from each of you.