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Events and Items of Interest, April 30

Wall History Book Pack

A propos of our friend’s reminder about Robert Frost’s “Mending Wall,” Robert M. Thorson chose lines from Frost’s poem “A Star in a Stoneboat” as the epigraph for Stone by Stone, his history of New England’s stone walls–

Never tell me that not one star of all

That slip from heaven at night and softly fall

Has been picked up with stones to build a wall.

In his acknowledgements, Thorson thanks a number of writers of works on the natural world and natural history, notably for people interested in stone, Susan Allport, author of Sermons in Stone and Chet and Maureen Raymo, authors of Written in Stone: A Geological History of the Northeastern United States.

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A propos of Frost’s “A Star in a Stoneboat” (listen) — The secrets to stargazing from your backyard and Stellarium, a free, open source planetarium for your computer.

Good wishes from a sculptor in Nova Scotia — as these waters we are in and trying to navigate with our experience and i hope our collective wisdom, reaching i trust a better normal. one of equality, compassion and grace for all of our earth. we will see what comes of sharing paths.