Author Archives: Headmistress

Edwin Way Teale, Part I

“The Perfect Mental ImageI have been remembering a little incident that occurred one summer day, years ago. I was on the Massachusetts coast, watching shorebirds with Ludlow Griscom, whose skill at rapid field identification is legendary. He called off greater and lesser yellowlegs without an instant’s delay. “How,” I wanted to know, “do you tell […]

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Soldier, Sailor, Airman: God Keep Them All

Taps Day is done,gone the sun,From the hills,from the lake,From the skies.All is well,safely rest,God is nigh. Go to sleep,peaceful sleep,May the soldieror sailor,God keep.On the landor the deep,Safe in sleep. Love, good night,Must thou go,When the day,And the nightNeed thee so?All is well.Speedeth allTo their rest. Fades the light;And afarGoeth day,And the starsShineth bright,Fare […]

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Funny Things They’ve Said

Several years ago:Headmaster (sighs and shakes his head over some particularly silly thing the First Year Boy did): You must be 3. First Year Boy replies to Daddy, putting his hands on his hips, shaking his head and sighing in a perfect imitation of his father: You must be 40. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ The Way to the […]

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A Mother-Daughter Convo From Home

DeputyHeadmistress to Equuschick: Would you please pour me another cup of coffee? I already have a cup. In the microwave. Equuschick, confused, looks blankly in the (empty) microwave. DeputyHeadmistress: Oh, I’m sorry. The cup I already have is on the computer desk, I’ll need you to heat the refill in the microwave. I was thinking […]

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Templates, Time, and Tears

In case anybody is wondering, yes, my desk is as cluttered as the sidebar of this blog. So is my brain. Firefly, over at bioluminescence has explained carefully to me, in words easly understood by a blogger of very little brain, how I can fix it. She also said something cryptic about spending less time […]

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