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TRR EXTRA: “The Pine and the Flax”



Been sidelined this past week with a pretty bad cold, so I’ve not been able to make the reading I had planned for you. But I do have a smattering of extras I can share, starting with this nice little story of unlikely friends. Hopefully, next week I’ll be back in form and have something nice and Christmassy for you.

“The Pine and the Flax” by Albrekt Segerstedt

The Reader

TRT: 3:43

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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 EXTRA: “The Wind and the Moon” by George MacDonald



Here’s one last Extra for your November listening.

“The Wind and the Moon” by George MacDonald

The Reader

TRT: 3:21

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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: Episode 61, “Mistress Esteem Elliot’s Molasses Cake”



In 1705, the residents of Colchester, CT faced a crisis. No molasses was available for the Thanksgiving holiday! Imagine, no pumpkin pies for the forthcoming feast! What was a colonial housewife to do? Based on a real historical event, we offer you a Thanksgiving story about the Great Colchester Molasses Shortage.

“Mistress Esteem Elliot’s Molasses Cake” (1910) by Kate Upson Clark

The Reader

TRT: 24:17

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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

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TRR: Episode 58, “The Werewolf” by Eugene Field



Unlike other classic monsters, the curse of the werewolf is particularly cruel in that when he transforms into his wolfen form, he is compelled to kill those he loves best.

For our final selection of spooky tales for October, we offer you a tale of lycanthropy from author Eugene Field.

“The Werewolf” (1911) by Eugene Field

The Reader

TRT: 25:56

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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: Episode 57, “What is a Ghost?”



Spiritualism was all the rage in the late 19th Century and well into the 20th. Psychical research, the attempt to study and discover proof of the supernatural via the Scientific Method became a cause celeb, with Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Harry Houdini, among others, working to debunk the frauds and charlatans in order to find the truth. Hereward Carrington, an author and amateur magician, worked and wrote on the topic of supernatural phenomena. For our fourth installment of spooky tales this October, we’ll examine some of his research on what he claimed to be real encounters with ghosts.

“Real Ghost Stories” (1915) by Hareward Carrington

The Reader

TRT: 19:32

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