Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Just this week I noticed for the first time small carpets of bluets, magenta flowers of redbud trees, and orange-red tulips!

Three sentences from old grammar books occur to me from time to time.  They were sentences for analysis in an early twentieth century grammar book, which I read but did not teach.  The three sentences:  (1) The sea is salt.   (2) Great is Diana of the Ephesians.   (3) The raw winds of March blew hard.

That’s right !  “The first day of spring is one thing, and the first spring day is another.”  (Henry Van Dyke) quotation on Monday, March 20, 2016 page, “The Old Farmer’s Alamanac Calendar.”

Notes on Reading.  Nonfiction.  Florence Williams, The Nature Fix: Why Nature Makes Us Happier, Healthier, and More Creative.  W.W. Norton & Company, 2017.

Williams documents and discusses current physiological and psychological studies that show positive effects that Nature provides us.  She traveled to several countries undertaking the research, such as South Korea, Japan, Scotland, Singapore, Finland, and the United States.  Through interviews with scientists and subjects and personal participation and observations, she presents us engaging and enlightening experiences for us to consider and act upon.  Especially compelling was work with troubled teenagers and an all-women’s group of veterans in the United States.  It is an entertaining and hopeful book.

Notes on Reading.  Fiction.  Henry Hurt, Stories from the Road Not Taken.  Shadetree Rare Books, 2016.

These six short stories, set in rural southern Virginia, are populated by stereotypical Southern types:  a tough-talking, ineffectual sheriff; hard-drinking, mean-spirited farmers; degenerate inbreeds; a nefarious deacon and his reprehensible preacher.  The well-crafted stories are intriguing and entertaining.  Three of note:  “Mr. Karewski’s Dancing Bear” is the story of a young teenager’s harrowing encounter with evil.  “Blood Sports” gives insight into a boy’s love for his dog, forced to fight with a raccoon for sport.  “The Bright Leaf Waltz” shows the charm and appeal of Southern eccentricity and Southerners’ love for the past, enjoyment of storytelling, and appreciation of the significance of family.  It is a warm and humorous story.

Blogger’s Holiday.  I will not post an entry next Wednesday, March 29.  I plan to write again on Wednesday, April 5.

Thank you for reading.


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Retired high school English and French teacher.
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3 Responses to Wednesday, March 22, 2017

  1. MargaretMcNeely says:

    I would like the read the last short story you mentioned but not the others.

  2. I very much liked the quote: “The first day of spring is one thing, and the first spring day is another.” How true!

  3. Janice says:

    The Nature Fix….where can I get it? library? Three Sentences mad me laugh!(the things we remember)

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