Transcendentalism: An Online Travel Guide
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About This Site
Some folks in the class were especially
inspired by the readings and discussions. Their responses to the
Transcendentalists and contemporary nature writers went beyond words.
drawings and sketches from Amanda,
photographs from Annie,
Stacey, and Stacie.
Leigh-Anne's Walt Whitman idea sketch,
Pete's image collage,
Read Lizzie's letter to Terry Tempest Williams (below) and
about Catherine's home in Keedysville, Maryland.
A Letter to Terry Tempest Williams
I was so impressed by your essay, "The Clan of One-Breasted
Women" (from your book, Refuge). As a breast cancer survivor
myself, I can relate to the fear and finality that can set in with a cancer
diagnosis. And as a Hospice volunteer, I can also relate to your feeling
of being a "midwife to the rebirth of their souls" so elegantly
put in this work.
I know what it is like to witness death, and when any death is
extremely difficult for the victim and we know it could possibly have been
avoided, it is even more painful for everyone. I am filled with anger when
there is even a hint of a "suspicious" cause. Your personal
reflections absolutely can, and do, make a huge difference in inspiring
the awareness necessary to change and/or reverse the questionable handling
of our environment. That irresponsibility, as your work demonstrates, can
have catastrophic results.
The loud noises created by your quiet pen definitely make a difference
in our universe. Seems to me all through history we have experienced the
"power of the mighty pen," and I truly believe you are repeating
Thank you, thank you!
Transcendentalism: An Online Travel Guide" was produced by students
in ENGL 446,
American Transcendentalism, and ENGL 447,
American Literature and the Prominence of
Place: A Travel Practicum. These courses
were team-taught in the
Department of English at
Shepherd University (formerly Shepherd
West Virginia, in Spring 2002 by
Dr. Patricia Dwyer and
Dr. Linda Tate. The courses were taught
again in Spring 2006 by Dr. Linda Tate. For
more information on the course and the web
"About This Site." © 2003 and 2006 Linda