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not wish any reward but to know I have done the right thing.”
~ “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn”
first published in the United Kingdom, December 1884 & in the United States,
~ by Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
“Adventures of Huckleberry Finn,” or in more
recent editions, “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn,” is commonly named among
the Great American Novels. The work is among the first in major American literature
to be written throughout in vernacular English, characterized by local color
regionalism. It is told in the first person by Huckleberry “Huck” Finn, the
narrator of two other Twain novels, “Tom Sawyer Abroad” and “Tom Sawyer,
Detective” and a friend of Tom Sawyer. It is a direct sequel to “The Adventures
of Tom Sawyer.”
The book is noted for its colorful description
of people and places along the Mississippi River, set in a Southern antebellum
society that had ceased to exist over 20 years before the work was published.
Samuel Langhorne Clemens, known by his pen
name Mark Twain, was an American writer, humorist, entrepreneur, publisher and
lecturer. He was lauded as the “greatest humorist this country has produced,”
and William Faulkner called him “the father of American literature.”
This young boy is reminiscent of
Huckleberry Finn as he sets sail to fish in the Jordan Creek as a summer
sundown nears in this candid shot I captured on a gorgeous mid-July evening at
Trexler Nature Preserve, Schnecksville, Pennsylvania.
was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look
for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’”
~ Fred Rogers
captured this shot of the home of WLVT-TV PBS Channel 39, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
from the walkway on the Hoover-Mason Trestle in the early afternoon of a late
September day, just after summer segued into autumn but summer was still in the
studios are housed in the PPL Public Media Center.
first signed on the air September 7, 1965, before I was even born, as a member
of National Educational Television (NET) and eventually joined the Public
Broadcasting Service (PBS) at its inception in 1970. It is commonly known as
the childhood memories I have of watching WLVT’s’s offerings such as Sesame
Street and Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood – my favorite was always when the trolley
whisked us from the neighborhood to “The Land of Make Believe!” To a lesser
extent, I liked The Electric Company, Hodgepodge Lodge, The New Zoo Revue and
Hoover-Mason Trestle at SteelStacks – part of Artsquest – in SouthSide
Bethlehem was an elevated rail line built to transport raw materials to the
blast furnace of the iconic Bethlehem Steel. It was named after the engineering
firm that designed and built it. The trestle was in use from 1907-1995.
Steel was an American steel and shipbuilding company that began operations in
1904 and was America’s second-largest steel producer and largest shipbuilder.
The company’s roots trace to 1857 with the establishment of the Bethlehem Iron
Company. Bethlehem Steel ceased operations in 2003.
is a 10-acre campus with indoor and outdoor
venues, hosting festivals, concerts and community events.
ArtsQuest is a nonprofit
organization providing access to art, culture and educational programs.
words describe the fragrance of the very breathe of spring?”
~ Neltje Blanchan
Neltje Blanchan De Graff Doubleday was a United States scientific historian and
nature writer who published several books on wildflowers and birds under the
pen name Neltje Blanchan. Her work is known for its synthesis of scientific
interest with poetic phrasing.
sunlight of a southern morning in spring wraps itself around a fragrant
gardenia bloom, illuminating its beauty on a late May morning in the Lowcountry
of Beaufort County, South Carolina.