Monthly Archives: May 2018

an illustration of scholarly “good manners”

        Crediting any and all findings shared with the writer. From the introduction by University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Professor Joy S. Kasson to the Penguin Classics edition of a Louisa May Alcott novel. Note … Continue reading

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from an armchair therapist: how many disputes get resolved

    You’re on the outs with someone. If you were violent sorts, it could have come to blows. You argue back and forth until you are blue in the face. A therapist or marriage counselor should have been summoned, … Continue reading

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“A March in the Ranks Hard-Prest”

              I am reaching the end of the novel Work: A Story of Experience by Louisa May Alcott, which I have been reading for a few weeks by fits and starts (as is often … Continue reading

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caveat emptor

    I have learned to abhor so called print on demand booksellers. They are sort of like cockroaches. If you are looking for a book online — from Amazon.com, or a bookstore/bookseller with a web page — and, say, … Continue reading

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empathy II

    “Lisha, ain’t you got no heart? can you remember what Hepsey told us, and call them poor, long-sufferin’ creeters names? Can you think of them wretched wives sold from their husbands; them children as dear as ourn tore … Continue reading

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my refuge

    “She was not happy, … and when life looked dark and barren without, she went away into that inner world of deep feeling, high thought, and earnest aspiration; which is a never-failing refuge to those whose experience has … Continue reading

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Scotch marriage record of my ancestors (my Smith grandfather’s great-grandparents)

        I am one fourth Scotch through my paternal grandfather Thomas Gordon Smith (1885-1967). Posted here is the marriage record of my grandfather’s great-grandparents on his paternal grandmother’s side. My grandfather’s great-grandfather on his paternal grandmother’s side … Continue reading

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