Monthly Archives: June 2016

TRR: Episode 41, “A Lover of Flowers”



Mary E. Wilkins Freeman has, even today, a lasting fame in children’s literature thanks to her memorable work, “The Pumpkin Giant.” She also wrote short stories based on people she knew in her adopted hometown. Despite this, she was a local celebrity and well-loved by the people she lived among in Metuchen, New Jersey. In this episode, we share one of those stories about a bittersweet romance in a small town community.

“A Lover of Flowers” (1887) by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman

The Reader

TRT: 33:34

The musical accompaniment for the show is provided through the kind generosity of Incompetech.com and Archive.org.


TRR: Episode 40, “Ursa Minor”



Poor little Ursa Minor, so worthy of our respect, but so overshadowed by his more famous companion, Ursa Major. Just like people in everyday life, which is the topic of Zephine Humphrey’s essay about the marginalized little constellation.

“Ursa Minor” (1913) by Zephine Humphrey

The Reader

TRT: 28:07

The musical accompaniment for the show is provided through the kind generosity of Incompetech.com.


TRR: Episode 39, “Solander’s Radio Tomb”



In this episode, we offer a story written in 1927 about the then still-new wonder that was Radio. Humorist Ellis Parker Butler wrote the story and it appeared in “Amazing Stories” magazine, and later reprinted there in 1956. Butler was, surprisingly, only a part-time author. Despite writing several books and over 2,000 short stories and articles in his 40-year long career, Butler was a full-time banker.

“Solander’s Radio Tomb” (1927) by Ellis Parker Butler

The Reader

TRT: 22:12

The musical accompaniment for the show is provided through the kind generosity of Incompetech.com and Archive.org.


TRR: Episode 38, “The Homeburg Telephone Exchange”



George H. Fitch, the “Smile King,” was a humorist who was popular at the turn of the 20th Century. Fitch was part of the tradition of gentle, observational humor later carried on by Will Rogers and Garrison Keillor. In this episode, we share a story from Fitch’s small fictional home town, Homeburg.

“The Homeburg Telephone Exchange” (1915) by George H. Fitch

The Reader

TRT: 27:09

The musical accompaniment for the show is provided through the kind generosity of Incompetech.com and Archive.org.