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Small bite of E.B. White

May 17th, 2009 · 2 Comments

So, I’m waiting for a sandwich, and I have my always-handy copy of Essays Of E.B. White from the passenger door in my Element, white-littleand I’m perusing it a bit while the cheese is melting, and I happen upon a nice passage.  Since I’m working on a show titled “Right Beside The River,” I am grabbed by White’s words about a river as he’s driving into Maine:

And when, five hours later, I dip down across the Narramissic and look back at the tiny town of Orland, the white spires of its church against the pale-red sky stirs me in a way that Chartres could never do.  It was the Narramissic that once received as fine a lyrical tribute as was ever paid to a river — a line in a poem by a schoolboy, who wrote of it, “It flows through Orland every day.”  I never cross that mild stream without thinking of his testimonial to the constancy, the dependability of small familiar rivers.

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  • 1 Joelene // May 20, 2009 at 9:35 am

    “It flows through Orland every day.”

    Ah, how I miss the simplicity of being a child sometimes.

  • 2 jeff scott // Aug 11, 2009 at 11:14 am

    Rick,
    I feel our “continual connection” between our new home (Saco, ME) and our previous home of 12 years (Pittsburgh (Valencia))… we moved to Saco almost 6 years to the day…

    any mention of Pittsburgh pricks up my family’s ears… and visa-versa of Maine as your mentioned the Narramissic River… thanks for “blowing on the embers of fond memories and aquaintances”… jeff
    p.s.- we regularly listen to Saturday Light Brigade online…

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