Postings by Shelley NiTuama

Witch-Hunting in Salem Village

Matteson painting inspired by Salem Witch trails depiciting courtroom drama
Witchcraft was hung, in History,But History and IFind all the Witchcraft that we needAround us, every Day —Emily Dickinson (poem 1583)October is here. As the days begin to shorten and late afternoon shadows grown long, we prepare for Halloween. Our fascination with the supernatural in all its frightening aspects seems to peak this time of year.Read More »
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Surviving the “Lord of the Flies”

Woody stems of St. Thomas bean Fabaceae indigenous to the Hawaiian Islands
All is not evil in the world of mankind, and all is not black in William Golding's imagined world. According to him, man has two characteristics—the ability to murder is one, belief in God the other. Innocence is not entirely lost. —Nobel Prize press release (1983)Read More »
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Sending out an SOS! Save Outdoor Sculpture!

Tom Otterness, Rockman statues, U.S. Courthouse, Minneapolis, MN. Photo, Carol M
Are you looking for something to do outdoors with your kids and/or students this summer?Check out the Save Outdoor Sculpture! (SOS!) Project.Read More »
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“Go Set a Watchman”: A Literary Landmark

July 14, 2015, literary history will be made. On this day publishing giants William Heinemann and HarperCollins are scheduled to release Harper Lee’s second novel, Go Set a Watchman.Read More »
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The Blue Humanities

We have come to know the sea as much through the humanities as through science. … The sea lurks in the imaginations of millions, if not billions, of people … forever in our dreams and nightmares, more now than at any time in history. — John R. GillisRead More »
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