Postings by Shelley NiTuama

The Blue Humanities

photo of a calm sea
“There is, one knows not what sweet mystery about this sea, whose gently awful stirrings seem to speak of some hidden soul beneath . . . for here, millions of mixed shades and shadows, drowned dreams, somnambulisms, reveries; all that we call lives and souls, lie dreaming, dreaming, still; tossing like slumberers in their beds; the ever-rolling waves but made so by their restlessness . . . ” —Herman Melville, Moby-DickRead More »

Celebrating Herman Melville

Monument Mountain near Great Barrington, Massachusetts
“Melville, as he always does, began to reason of Providence and futurity, and of everything that lies beyond human ken . . . It is strange how he persists—and has persisted ever since I knew him, and probably long before—in wandering to-and-fro over these deserts, as dismal and monotonous as the sand hills amid which we were sitting . . . If he were a religious man, he would be one of the most truly religious and reverential; he has a very high and noble nature, and better worth immortality than most of us.” —Nathaniel HawthorneRead 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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