Paul Duckworth, MLS

Paul Maya partyPaul likes to walk wherever and whenever possible and this passion has taken him almost to the peak of Mt. Whitney in California, to the high country of Glacier National Park, and to the summit of Mt. Washburn in Yellowstone. His library of pre-1950’s books on Glacier and Yellowstone is still growing.

He was a garlic and asparagus farmer for over thirty years. His love of the country, simple living, and the challenge of farming afforded him a fulfilling lifestyle, but also led to many cold nights huddled around the woodstove every winter in a succession of charming but drafty farmhouses. He misses the country life, as these days he has surrendered to the practicality of living in the city.

He has explored most of the secret nooks and crannies of the 1903 Carnegie library he where began his career. It was there, in working as a librarian, that he found expression for his love of books and the Buddhist ideal of a life lived in service to humanity. While he is loath to tell the story for fear that it might inspire thrill seekers, he was privileged to experience the ghost of Henry David Thoreau skating across Walden Pond one cold January afternoon several years ago.

He confesses that he has evolved from one who eschewed all gadgets and luxuries into one whose motto now is “don’t touch my Macbook or my Lexus and no one gets hurt!” He has the largest matchbook collection in town and loves to cook and eat Indian food. His first book, on country life and how it has evolved today, is in preparation and promises to sell at least a few copies when he gets around to self-publishing on Amazon.