Tag Archives: Youth


Here she is, in all her coltish, awkward, long-legged innocence and beauty, young Aquilegia Chrysanthra, better known to us as COLUMBINE: What she calls to mind for me are those enchanting creatures found in the title of Marcel Proust’s second volume, A … Continue reading

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Cakes and Ale — and Young People!

While I was lying awake at quarter to four this morning (a normal occurrence) a jingly poem leaped into my mind, and frolicked there for quite a while. I didn’t remember all of it, but I knew the ending for … Continue reading

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My Fountain of Youth

The 16th century conquistador Juan Ponce de Léon spent a lot of time and money in the New World looking for the fabled Fountain of Youth, the mythical water source that would make people young again. He never found it, … Continue reading

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If Asked by a Caterpillar, What Would You Answer?

  “Who are YOU?” said the Caterpillar. This was not an encouraging opening for a conversation. Alice replied, rather shyly, “I–I hardly know, sir, just at present– at least I know who I WAS when I got up this morning, … Continue reading

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