Postings by Shelley NiTuama

Traveling with John Steinbeck—and Charley!

Vista Mission Mountains, National Bison Range, Montana
“I saw in their eyes something I was to see over and over in every part of the nation—a burning desire to go, to move, to get under way, anyplace, away from any Here. They spoke quietly of how they wanted to go someday, to move about, free and unanchored, not toward something but away from something. I saw this look and heard this yearning everywhere in every state I visited. Nearly every American hungers to move.” —John Steinbeck, Travels with CharleyRead More »

Henry David Thoreau at 200

Walden Pond in late June. 27 June 2012
"As things turned out, Thoreau, very likely without knowing what he was up to, took man's relation to Nature and man's dilemma in society and man's capacity for elevating his spirit and he beat all these matters together, in a wild free interval of self-justification and delight, and produced an original omelette from which people can draw nourishment in a hungry day." —E.B. White, "A Slight Sound at Evening"Read More »

Spiraling up with Summer Reading Selections from EDSITEment!

Amedee lighthouse spiral steps
Books are lighthouses erected in the great sea of time." —E.P. Whipple"There is a temperate zone in the mind, between luxurious indolence and exacting work; and it is to this region, just between laziness and labor, that summer reading belongs." —Henry Ward BeecherAs the old song goes: the “lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer” are upon us. The work of the school year lies behind.You are about to enter another dimension … next stop, the Summer Reading Zone!Read More »
Categories Closer Readings

Re-discovering America’s Popular Poet: Carl Sandburg

Chicago skyline at dawn
“I see America, not in the setting sun of a black night of despair ahead of us, I see America in the crimson light of a rising sun. . . . I see great days ahead, great days possible to men and women of will and vision.” —Carl Sandburg interview with Frederick Van Ryn, This Week Magazine (January 1953)Ask your students to recall the last time they heard a poet read from their work on television or the Internet. Chances are they won’t be able to remember such a time, in the media or anywhere.Read More »
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Visiting the Seaman’s Bethel

Tower of Seaman's Bethel, New Bedford
In the heart of New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park lies an area of streets paved with sett stones—a brick-shaped version of cobblestones dating back to the 1800s.Read More »
Categories Closer Readings