My name is David Bristow, and I’m an author and editor living in Lincoln, Nebraska. My most recent book is Sky Sailors: True Stories of the Balloon Era (Farrar, Straus and Giroux Books for Young Readers). To learn more, please visit www.davidbristow.com.

This is a blog about curiosity, discovery, and creativity. Why “The Curious People,” and why the cat in the banner? See my introductory post to find out!

If you want to contact me for anything that can’t be addressed in the comments, email thecuriouspeople@gmail.com.


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  1. ivonprefontaine

    David, thank you for stopping, liking, and commenting on yesterday’s post. Curiosity, discovery, and creativity are worthy objectives upon which to build a blog. Those three things must keep you solidly grounded. I look forward to following your blog and sharing in the creativity you discover along the way.

    Take care,


    1. thecuriouspeople Post author

      Thanks. Highway 2 through the Sandhills is a good drive… far more interesting than crossing the state via I-80. The Sandhills lakes country is pretty – especially Crescent Lake National Wildlife Refuge. Fort Robinson (in the state’s northwest corner) is in a scenic area and full of history (though there’s not as much going on there after early September). http://www.visitnebraska.com is the state’s official tourism site, and from what I’ve seen they do a good job of keeping up-to-date info. Search for bed and breakfasts if you’re going to stay overnight – these places out in ranch country have great hospitality and local color.

  2. ~ Tim King ~

    Hi David – Thrilled to have stumbled across your site and read some of your recent posts about HDT. Looking forward to a continued dialogue on future posts. An interesting aside you may appreciate – I am a Massachusetts native now living in Maine. My two boys were born in Emerson Hospital in Concord, MA – less than 2 miles from Walden Pond. Prior to our move north to Maine in 2005, I made a conscious trek to Walden and the site of Henry’s cabin. Before leaving, I quickly anointed my (small) travel copy of WALDEN into the water at the edge of the pond. In some way, I wanted to make sure that I took a little of that place and time with me. Best, Tim

    1. thecuriouspeople Post author

      I’ll have to get out to Concord one of these days. In writing the “Year in Walden” series of posts I’m working under the disadvantage of never having seen the places Thoreau writes about. On the other hand, I figure that part of his point is to encourage people to explore the Walden in their own backyard. Still, that’s pretty special to have such a book so intimately tied to place where you’ve lived. Thanks for commenting!

  3. ~ Tim King ~

    The entire area around Walden Woods is really a gem, considering all the continued development of any and all open spaces just outside its borders. Thankfully, most of the busy route 2 road noise is mostly, magically absorbed by the landscape and one can find tranquility in many spots around the pond trail loop. Although Henry would often Rage against development of the railroad, I did enjoy hearing a train rumble past once in a while on the very same tracks that Henry used to tramp back into town over whenever he got a little homesick or wanted a little more companionship than his 3 chairs would offer.


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