Monthly Archives: November 2013

Review for Elizabeth’s Field

Elizabeth’s Field by Barbara Lockhart is nicely woven faction about free blacks, slaves and their descendants on the Eastern Shore of Maryland and the manner in which the aftermath of the peculiar institution, known as slavery, has continued to impact … Continue reading

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     The house sat sideways to the road.  The front door greeted the woods as if it missed something, turned the wrong way while the rest of the world went on about its business, the broad, cedar-shingled side of the … Continue reading

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To send light i…

To send light into the darkness of men’s hearts–such is the duty of the artist. Robert Schuman

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A Will and a Way

Libby leaned against a post on the porch.  The air was still, the trees bare against a cloudless sky.  A black line appeared like a silk scarf waving from the east along the horizon.  Blackbirds.  She’d been waiting for them.  Their … Continue reading

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First Lesson in Time

All summer we watched (while we were doing other things) the field of soybeans flourish, round green leaves fluttering to fullness, and then for three brief days in September, turn gold while the grackles flew in as in Van Gogh’s … Continue reading

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Elizabeth’s Field

The Burton Household, 1844 As soon as he’d struck a deal with John Prouse after the last payment of money held back out of his wages, he began eyeing trees and saving scraps.  He was able to collect wood not fit … Continue reading

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“One can travel…

“One can travel the world and see nothing. To achieve understanding it is necessary not to see many things, but to look hard at what you do see.” Giorgio Morandi

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