"Hoping that possibly out of the process there may be matured a wholesome loaf of bread or, more likely, a small pan of biscuits."
Thursday, December 4, 2014
"Seek Hundred 'Hungriest Children'" and "Foreign Mission Report Will Be Explained"
"The minister dreamed that his eight-year-old Billy, who had died two years before, was hungry—hungry in the midst of plenty; and that on
Thanksgiving day! The minister’s childhood was spent in New England where
Thanksgiving was celebrated like our Christmas. Billy’s few Christmases had
been spent in a time and in a part of the country where Christmas is Christmas.
So, the next day our minister determined that Billy should have his Christmas
celebration by proxy. He has that curious sort of Celtic (or is it Christian?)
faith that convinces him that those who have “gone on” know what goes on here."
Anne Halsey lives in Central Texas with her husband and three small children, where she is writing a work of creative nonfiction about her great-grandfather. Grounded in extensive archival research and personal interviews, this book-length project reconceives our understanding of the modern decline of Puritan New England culture. That seemingly familiar narrative is complicated by the previously unsung narratives of the women who found increasing independence and autonomy as their culture struggled to adapt to a more secular age.
For six years, Anne served as Media Director at the Poetry Foundation in Chicago, where she created numerous radio, television, web, podcast, print, and film partnerships with major media outlets. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota, and her MFA in poetry at New York University.