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Sunday, July 8, 2012

Dare to Dream

I recently visited the Tasha Tudor Museum in West Brattleboro, Vermont.  I've been a devoted fan of illustrator/author Tasha Tudor (1915-2008) since I first read about her 1830's lifestyle in Victoria magazine in 1992.  She embodied the following from Henry David Thoreau and often quoted it:

"If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours."

She is praised for her illustrated children's books, but followed for her lifestyle.  I admired her for having the courage to live as she pleased.  Her family belonged to high-society Boston, but she wanted to have her own farm, doing much of the work by hand without the help of modern conveniences.  She did not live by the dictates of society, choosing instead to live by an earlier century's sensibility.  You can read more about her life here and here.  

The Museum was exhibiting some of the antique clothing she'd collected in her lifetime.  Click on the first photo to start a slide show...

The family hopes eventually to expand the museum on it's own site:

I think Thoreau's advice about advancing confidently is key to realizing the life we've dreamed of.  Afterall, where do those dreams come from if not from someplace within us, placed there from the beginning....

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