Category Archives: Reading

Being the Grass

It’s been dew, dew, dew, yet I’ve hardly given its “influence” a thought. Continue reading

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July 27: The Most Perfect Art

“Language is the most perfect art in the world. The chisel of a thousand years retouches it.” Continue reading

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“Make to You a Teacher”

Thoreau and the ancient Jewish sages agree: Learn a few words of Hebrew. Continue reading

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Faith in a Seed

I recently finished reading Faith in a Seed, which collects some of Henry Thoreau‘s late nature writing that was published for the first time in 1993.  The book is composed largely of one of his lesser-known essays, “The Dispersion of Seeds,” … Continue reading

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Margaret Fuller in Love: Megan Marshall 4/5/13

Biographer Megan Marshall takes the occasion of the anniversary of Margaret Fuller’s first meeting with her Italian lover Giovanni Ossoli to give an account of Fuller’s years in revolutionary Rome as war correspondent, hospital director, and romantic. The event celebrates … Continue reading

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Awaiting Hurricane Sandy with a Hebrew Sentence

A blessing for Hurricane Sandy. Continue reading

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Tracing Thoreau’s Last Journey

The story of Thoreau’s 1861 “Journey West” with Horace Mann, Jr., which took the duo from Massachusetts to Minnesota and back. Space is limited. R.S.V.P. to 978-451-0300 or WHO: Corinne Hosfeld Smith WHEN: Wed., October 24 at 7:00pm WHERE: … Continue reading

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