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Nathaniel Hawthorne’s journal entry for December 1st, 1853

December 1st.–It is curious to observe how many methods people put in practice here to pick up a halfpenny. Yesterday I saw a man standing bareheaded and barelegged in the mud and misty weather, playing on a fife, in hopes to get a circle of auditors.

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Look Who's Celebrating a Birthday Today!

“I like good strong words that mean something” said Jo March, the heroine in Little Women by Louisa May Alcott and today we celebrate this writer, poet, suffragist, abolitionist, and feminist. 868 more words


Discouragement and Hope

I don’t want to do any writing today, and yet here I am writing on my blog.  Winter’s here and when it’s good weather, I want to work outside or walk or climb the nearby steep hills.   894 more words

Read "John Inglefield's Thanksgiving," a short story by Nathaniel Hawthorne

“John Inglefield’s Thanksgiving”


Nathaniel Hawthorne

On the evening of Thanksgiving day, John Inglefield, the blacksmith, sat in his elbow-chair, among those who had been keeping festival at his board. 1,946 more words


Happiness is a butterfly, which when pursued, is always beyond your grasp, but which, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you. ~ Nathaniel Hawthorne

"The Gorgon's Head," a myth retold by Nathaniel Hawthorne

“The Gorgon’s Head”

excerpted from A Wonder Book for Girls and Boys

by Nathaniel Hawthorne

Perseus was the son of Danae, who was the daughter of a king. 8,377 more words