Arise and Go, My Friend

Streptopelia turtur (European turtle dove). John Gerrard Keulemans, 1869. A popular question asked by interviewers, particularly of celebrities, is what book they would like to have with them if they found themselves stranded on a desert island. "A desert island, or uninhabited island," according to Wikipedia, "is an island, islet or atoll that is not … Continue reading Arise and Go, My Friend

How to Count Family

Rydal Mount - home of the poet William WordsworthPhoto by Neil Parley CC BY 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0). One summer, while vacationing in New Brunswick, Canada, I took a ferry from the mainland to Deer Island, a small island in the Bay of Fundy. While searching for a picnic spot, I passed a bookshop advertising old books … Continue reading How to Count Family

Of Dreams and Dreamers

Joseph and his Brethren, c. 1665-1670. Bartolome Esteban Murillo. In November 1915, in a prison in the state of Utah, a firing squad executed a thirty-six-year-old Swedish-American immigrant. The man had been tried for and found guilty of committing murder during a robbery a little more than twenty-two months earlier. Now, over one hundred years … Continue reading Of Dreams and Dreamers