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Brightness leaped from the earth, and, as the fog lifted completely, the meadows were aglow with yellows, purples, reds, and greens, and I began dreaming about being not simply a naturalist but a farmer. The meadow of dream has little to do with stony reality and its harrows and reapers. I know only one farmer, Jasem, and he lives in a small village on the Syrian coast. Before leaving Connecticut, I received a letter from him. "Now we are preparing ourselves to work in the field," he wrote. "The trees wait us to work.

Halfway through the lunch, Weebe looked up from under the table. " Although Bertha could neither read nor write, she did not let illiteracy stand in her way and took it upon herself to provide unwanted advice. " When Peggy Doane reached fifteen and showed every sign of growing into a buxom woman like her mother, Bertha gave Mrs. " On learning that Mrs. Coaldwell, president of the Port Maitland Stitch and Chatter Club, was a bird-watcher, Bertha attended a meeting of the Stitch and Chatter. When all the ladies were comfortably settled around the room working on a quilt, Bertha asked Mrs.

For their part, the papers themselves were anything but drab. Columns of print and advertisements were neatly, even artistically laid out, and the newsprint did not rub off. Unlike today's papers that appear to suffer from a virulent strain of pulp-begotten hepatitis and turn yellow within six months, the Heralds had remained white, spotless aside from brown watermarks and a stain where a spider once laid eggs. For me, the contrast with present-day papers increased the Herald's attraction. Much smaller than a single Boston Globe, the stack of Heralds was finite.

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