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A trip to New England sparked my interest in the writings of Sarah Orne Jewett (1849-1909). An early feminist, ecologist and architectural preservationist, Jewett wrote about the Maine country people she knew so well.  Her best known story—really a novella—“The Country of the Pointed Firs”—is a series of portraits of the lives of ordinary people. A woman...

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Missing: A Memoir

Missing: A Memoir

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Cornelia Maude Spelman’s memoir of her family springs from a meeting and subsequent friendship with the late, legendary New Yorker editor William Maxwell. In the 1920s, he and her parents had been friends as undergraduates at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. When Spelman hints at what she thinks of as the failure of her parents’ lives, he...

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“Please Call Me By My True Names” by Thich Nhat Hanh

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This poem was written in 1978, during the time of helping the boat people, by Vietnamese Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh (see “resources” for his books) Don’t say that I will depart tomorrow— even today I am still arriving. Look deeply, every second I am arriving to be a bud on a Spring branch, to be a tiny bird, with still-fragile wings, learning to sing in...

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“The Way I Feel” Series Also Helpful to Special Needs Kids

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Cornelia received a letter through this website from the mother of a special needs child: “Dear Ms. Spelman, My five-year-old son absolutely loves this series.  As a child challenged with high-functioning autism, understanding and expressing emotion has been difficult for him.  He’s made some remarkable progress with your series [“The Way I Feel” books]. ...

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A Song of Peace for Their Land and For Mine

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At an interfaith service for peace at a time of war, I heard this beautiful song, which I wanted to share with those of you who visit this website.  The song was written by Lloyd Stone in 1934, and is sung to the tune of “Finlandia.”  It is from the New Century Hymnal, Copyright 1995 by The Pilgrim Press.   This is my song, O God of all the nations, a...

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