Category Archives: The Changing Seasons

TRR EXTRA: “The Wind of Summer” by Madison Cawein



Sorry I’ve been absent for so long. Truth is, I’ve been sick as a dog since the middle of June, and was unable to record anything for you. I’m on the mend, though, and finally managed to croak out this lovely poem for you. Hopefully there will be a full episode for you next week!

“The Wind of Summer” by Madison J. Cawein

The Reader

TRT: 04:36

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TRR: Episode 80, “The Spirit of Gardens”



As we enter the month of May, we begin to enjoy the wealth of the Springtime. In this episode, we have a lyrical description of the English garden, and a poem by Amy Lowell.

“The Spirit of Gardens” (1911) by Dion Clayton Calthrop
“Lilacs” (1922) by Amy Lowell

The Reader

TRT: 27:01

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TRR: Episode 75, “The Cat”



This week, we share a story of the comradeship betwixt man and cat.

“The Cat” (1901) by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman

The Reader

TRT: 24:16

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TRR EXTRA: “Maple Sugar” by Alfred B. Street



Here’s another Extra for you. A poem fitting the time of year, as the maple sap is running and the sugar houses are preparing to go into full swing with their amber harvest.

“Maple Sugar” (1849) by Alfred B. Street

The Reader

TRT: 5:27

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TRR EXTRA: “The Snowstorm” by Ralph Waldo Emerson



A short verse from Emerson, describing the handiwork of the snow.

“The Snowstorm” by Ralph Waldo Emerson

The Reader

TRT: 2:33

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TRR: Episode 63, “Snow-flakes” by Nathaniel Hawthorne



Winter is only truly here when we see snow. In this episode, we turn to “Twice-Told Tales” and a story in which Nathaniel Hawthorne describes the first real snowfall of the season.

“Snow-flakes” (1837) by Nathaniel Hawthorne

The Reader

TRT: 19:04

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TRR: Episode 62, “Early Winter” by Rosalind Richards



There’s no hope for it, so we’ll just have to face up to it… winter is almost here. To that end, this week we have a story of the New England wintertime to share with you. Taken from a book by Rosalind Richards that describes life in New England throughout the year, “Early Winter” based on stories and memories told to her by friends and relatives of what it was like to live in Maine a generation or two previous.

“Early Winter” (1916) by Rosalind Richards

The Reader

TRT: 23:18

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TRR EXTRA: “November” by Alice Cary



Here’s another Extra for you, this one by Alice Cary. Cary was a very popular writer and poet in the mid-19th Century, and was friends with many writers, artists, and celebrities in New York at that time. When she died in 1871, among her pallbearers were P. T. Barnum and Horace Greeley.

“November” by Alice Cary

The Reader

TRT: 02:19

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TRR EXTRA: Autumn Poems by Bliss Carman



As we continue to honor the season of Autumn, we offer you two poems by Bliss Carman. Carman was a Canadian who, despite having lived most of his life in the United States, was recognized in later years as Canada’s own poet laureate.

“Autumn” & “Lines for a Picture” from “Later Poems” (1921) by Bliss Carman

The Reader

TRT: 02:26

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TRR EXTRA: “Lines Written in Boston On a Beautiful Autumnal Day”



Here’s another Autumnal extra for you, a poem written by Margaret Fuller Ossoli.

“Lines Written in Boston On a Beautiful Autumnal Day” (1859) by Margaret Fuller Ossoli

The Reader

TRT: 03:32

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