Tag Archives: Louisa May Alcott

bad advice

    “I judge a book by the impression it makes and leaves in my mind, by the feelings solely as I am no scholar.–—A story that touches and moves me, I can make others read and believe in.–—What I … Continue reading

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on caring for sick people (and why the health care system often fails them) … plus, what I have learned about same from experience and reading; and from Walt Whitman, Florence Nightingale, and the heroic nurses of the Civil War, by Roger W. Smith

      “I start off with a prejudice against doctors anyway.” — Walt Whitman; quoted in Horace Traubel, With Walt Whitman in Camden (July 12, 1888)     “I love doctors and hate their medicine.” — Walt Whitman; quoted … Continue reading

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On Friendships: Forming, Preserving, and (Sometimes) Knowing When to End Them

    “For the rest, what we commonly call friends and friendships, are nothing but acquaintance and familiarities, either occasionally contracted, or upon some design, by means of which there happens some little intercourse betwixt our souls. But in the … Continue reading

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“dense” writing

      By dense, I mean the word in the sense of “closely compacted in substance.” which is the first dictionary definition given. Not dense in the sense of stupid, referring to a person. I realize that I prefer … Continue reading

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my writing; a response to my critics

    In this post, I would like to consider and respond to criticisms of my writing which have been made by readers of this blog from time to time. In responding, I have used my own writing and writing … 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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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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