Below is a guest post by Melanie Hargrave, a wife and homemaker whose family is her pride and joy. She is a recent advocate of the green movement, and recently discovered Mac’s Traders Inc., where she now takes all of the scrap metal she doesn’t use for projects to support her obsession with literature.
Any lover of literature will recognize Ralph Waldo Emerson as one of the pioneers of the early 19th century Transcendentalist Movement. Transcendentalists believed that human nature was never better than when it was self-sufficient and independent. Henry David Thoreau, Emerson’s contemporary, took this philosophy to the extreme when he retired to live in isolation on Walden Pond. One could even say he was one of the earliest advocates of “going green.”
Walden Pond is now, unfortunately, a tourist trap (and a lovely place to swim). But modern-day booklovers can still follow in Transcendentalist footsteps and be a little more self-sufficient and environmentally-aware with these fun ideas for reusing old scrap metal. Photo: Duane Tate
Sometimes, all a bookworm wants is another bookshelf. And to paraphrase Emerson, there is nothing so elegant as to make it yourself. It would be easy enough to run to IKEA, but if you have some scrap metal lying around, why not make it yourself? Continue Reading