Oct 5, 2022Liked by Dr. Kathleen Waller

Reading from your link Emerson essay on Friendship:

'A man is reputed to have thought and eloquence; he cannot, for all that, say a word to his cousin or his uncle. They accuse his silence with as much reason as they would blame the insignificance of a dial in the shade. In the sun it will mark the hour. Among those who enjoy his thought, he will regain his tongue.'

That last sentence might be wise comfort for some of us. Thanks Kate

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Autumn leaves...orchards...AND the home of Louisa May Alcott? I am sold! I would love to visit New England, and you have evoked it so wonderfully in this piece that I am now more determined than ever : ) Regarding how home influences the literature and art we ingest/create - that is something worth pondering. I certainly think that where you hail from has a strong influence on the way you read and see art. I live in the city of Sheffield, in the north of England, which is said to be the greenest city in Europe. Our trees outnumber people, and the city is said to feel more like a village in the friendliness of its citizens. I feel that these kinds of stories have left indelible marks on me and the way I write, as well as the kind of writers I enjoy reading and the artwork I covet, which often reflect city life as well as nature. Great post - and happy birthday! : )

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