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TRR: Episode 85, “Under the White Birches”



This week we share a short excerpt from Henry van Dyke about the freedom and peace found in the art of camping, and the beauty of the white birch tree.

“Under the White Birches” from “Little Rivers” (1895) by Henry van Dyke

The Reader

TRT: 12:23

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


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

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


TRR EXTRA: “The Wind” by Robert Louis Stevenson



Author Robert Louis Stevenson is best known for his classic tales of adventure, such as “Treasure Island” and “Kidnapped!” However, Stevenson also wrote verses for children, such as the one we now offer as a November Extra for you.

“The Wind” by Robert Louis Stevenson

The Reader

TRT: 02:13

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


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

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


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.