Back in the Middle Ages when I was a kid, literature majors had to plough through anthologies of American Literature and read colonial poems and essays written in the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries, many of which we had been forced to read from second grade forward.
Author Verlyn Klinkenborg (“Making Hay” and “The Last Fine Time”) grew up in Iowa before he became famous. Now he teaches at Harvard and writes op-ed pieces for The New York Times. Recently he wrote encouraging readers to plant home gardens in the face of the current depression, but warned readers that seed catalogs aren’t as useful as they were.
I read recently in the Journal that that all retail spaces on the ground floor of the new hotel complex on Spring and Main street have been spoken for and that the owner decided not to put in a coffee shop.
We’re back from our trip to England, but more of that in subsequent columns. Suffice it to say we had a wonderful time, but we never ran into anyone famous, like Prince Philip or Tony Blair or even Maggie Smith. Such was not the case several years ago, when we spent a week in Rome and hobnobbed with the elite.
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