As someone with two first names, I have often been called by my last name, and not enjoyed it one bit. . . Until my students began calling me "Doctor Dann." "Professor Dann" sounds stuffy; but the bouncy, alliterative, anapestic rhythm of "Doctor Dann" sounds familiar and friendly. "Dan(n)" softens the authority implied by "Doctor."
All my life I have simultaneously shied away from, and sought out, authority – eschewing the arbitrary, often lifeless authority of outworn institutions and ideas, gravitating toward the moral authority that can result from faithful study and reflection. Pursuing a variety of arcane topics and questions, I have been rewarded time and again with serendipitous, magical discoveries. This website is my attempt to share some of these with you. Thank you for the gift of your interest and attention.
Captain of a Huckleberry Party: A Thoreau Pilgrimage
In honor of Henry Thoreau’s 200th birthday, I’m making a walking pilgrimage from
New York City to Concord, Massachusetts – 235 miles in 13 days, starting on the Spring Equinox, March 20th.