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January 5 Walk and Philip Levine

Thursday, January 5, 2012.  Reading:  Philip Levine, “Ask for Nothing.”  Not having been a literature major, I had to look up Philip Levine.  Was a little embarrassed to learn that he is the 2011-2012 U.S. Poet Laureate and I’d never … Continue reading

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Walk, January 3, 2012

Tuesday, January 3, 2012.  Reading:  Dorothy Wordsworth, excerpt from The Alfoxden Journal (January 20 – February 3, 1798). Journal entries about walks in the countryside and along the seashore in Somerset, near Alfoxden House. Jammed with metaphor, simile, personification of … Continue reading

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Reading During Hurricane Irene

How – and what – does one read in the midst of a hurricane? Our hometown, on the western shore of the Chesapeake Bay, lay right in the western edge of Hurricane Irene’s path northward.  We were fairly certain that the storm … Continue reading

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Torment and Ecstasy, Pleasure and Punishment: Reading Pushkin’s “Prisoner of the Caucasus”

Last week I read several fables and tales from a large number that Tolstoy compiled to use in teaching his serfs to read.  Although they’re not exactly “short stories” in a modern  sense, they were a delightful way to ease … Continue reading

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Bookstores, Banya Hats and Baltika 7 in Brighton Beach

In a perfect world, I’d have begun my month of reading Leo Tolstoy with a day trip to Yasnaya Polyana, the historic Tolstoy family estate near Tula.  The countryside around Moscow is beautiful in late July and early August – a … Continue reading

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A Month of Questions; Danger Zone, Here I Come!

For the first two months of this project, I posted a list of “things I learned from reading [the author of the month]” at the end of each month.  I’d kept a page in my journal set aside to log … Continue reading

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The Hidden Agenda(s) of Storytelling

I’m doing my laundry from Boy Scout camp tomorrow & putting it right back in the duffel – I’m accompanying my younger son to a five-day resident Cub Scout camp this Thursday.  Lacking any real direction in my personal and … Continue reading

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