Timeline of Meeting Summaries

History of the Literary Arts Section

“A Poem Found Written on a Rock at the American River” / Photo by Bruce Donehower Announcing (again): A North American Zoom Meeting for the Section of the Literary Arts and Humanities! On Sunday September 19, 2021, at 1 pm Pacific Time, the collegium of the Section...

Report from the Secret Garden

The 2021 Fair Oaks Summer Fairy Tale Group By Marion Donehower “When did it happen? Where did it happen? Did it happen at all? Is it happening now?”   “All fairy tales are dreams from a distant homeland everywhere and nowhere.” -- Novalis _____________ I already...

A Letter Home from Summer Camp, August 2021

“Bolinas Diary,” photo by Bruce Donehower Dear Friends: This mid-summer “letter home from summer camp” Section report will tell you about: Wilhelm Meister Italian Journey Faust / A New Issue of Stil “Why Can’t Henry Sit Still? / The Moral Challenge of Faust” / an...

“Umstülpung!”

“Offering” photo by Bruce Donehower Summer Break! Last night — in a hybrid meeting on the porch — we celebrated the completion of sixteen months of weekly Zoom meetings for friends and members of the Section for the Literary Arts & Humanities. A Milestone! Our...

Spirit Remembering

"Bisonte Magdaleniense polícromo” Cave of Altamira Here is a summary of the recent Section for Literary Arts & Humanities meeting of the local group in Fair Oaks, CA. This meeting occurred on June 19, 2021 via Zoom. Click this sentence to watch a 30-minute video...

Liberation

“Liberation” by Marc Chagall, 1932 Here is a summary of the recent Section for Literary Arts & Humanities meeting of the local group in Fair Oaks, CA. This meeting occurred on June 12, 2021 via Zoom. "At a Glance . . .” “Poetry Night" We held our second poet’s...

Poetry Night / June 12, 2021

Illuminated poem by William Blake A Celebration of Poetry and Poets On June 12, 2021, the friends and members of the local group of the Section for Literary Arts and Humanities hosted the second Poets Salon of original poetry for 2021. We are fortunate that our local...

Owen Barfield

“Sehnsucht” Photo by Bruce Donehower Here is a summary of the recent Section for Literary Arts & Humanities meeting of the local group in Fair Oaks, CA. This meeting occurred on June 5, 2021 via Zoom. "At a Glance . . .” “Owen Barfield: The Soul of a Word” Fred...

Goethe’s “Fairy Tale”/ Newly Translated for 2021

Here is a summary of the recent Section for Literary Arts & Humanities meeting of the local group in Fair Oaks, CA. This meeting occurred on May 29, 2021 via Zoom. "At a Glance . . .” The new translation of Goethe’s The Fairy Tale “The Green Snake and the...

“Sumer is icumen in”

Here is a summary of the recent Section for Literary Arts & Humanities meeting of the local group in Fair Oaks, CA. This meeting occurred on May 22, 2021 via Zoom. "At a Glance . . .” "Sumer is icumen in . . ." We began the meeting with a quick “calendar set” for...

The Enigma of Beauty

Here is a summary of the recent Section for Literary Arts & Humanities meeting of the local group in Fair Oaks, CA. This meeting occurred on May 15, 2021 via Zoom. "At a Glance . . .” The Enigma of Beauty We turned once more to Friedrich Schiller’s Letters on the...

The Stars of the 1790s

Here is a summary of the recent Section for Literary Arts & Humanities meeting of the local group in Fair Oaks, CA. This meeting occurred on May 1, 2021 via Zoom. "At a Glance . . .” The Stars of the 1790s / Brian Gray's Presentation On Saturday, May 1 Brian Gray...

Finding a Path

Here is a summary of the recent Section for Literary Arts & Humanities meeting of the local group in Fair Oaks, CA. This meeting occurred on April 24, 2021 via Zoom. "At a Glance . . .” Welcome, Christian Morgenstern! On Saturday we welcomed once more to our...

Poetry Night

Here is a summary of the recent Section for Literary Arts & Humanities meeting of the local group in Fair Oaks, CA. This meeting occurred on April 17, 2021 via Zoom. "At a Glance . . .” Poetry Night! Our weekly local meeting of the Literary Arts & Humanities...

Orpheus, Rilke, Novalis

Here is a summary of the recent Section for Literary Arts & Humanities meeting of the local group in Fair Oaks, CA. This meeting occurred on April 10, 2021 via Zoom. "At a Glance . . .” Our weekly local Literary Arts Section meetings have resumed after a two-week...

A Secret Word

Here is a summary of the recent Section for Literary Arts & Humanities meeting of the local group in Fair Oaks, CA. This meeting occurred on March 20, 2021 via Zoom. "At a Glance . . .” Terry joined our meeting to give a presentation. Terry also shared with our...

The Enchanted Garden

Here is a summary of the recent Section for Literary Arts & Humanities meeting of the local group in Fair Oaks, CA. This meeting occurred on March 13, 2021 via Zoom. "At a Glance . . .” The Green Snake and the Beautiful Lily. Once again, we spent the entire...

Rudolf Steiner’s First Address

Here is a summary of the recent Section for Literary Arts & Humanities meeting of the local group in Fair Oaks, CA. This meeting occurred on March 6, 2021 via Zoom. "At a Glance . . .” The Green Snake and the Beautiful Lily: we spent the entire evening in...

A Night with Novalis

“When the Morning Stars Sang Together” by William Blake Here is a summary of the recent Section for Literary Arts & Humanities meeting of the local group in Fair Oaks, CA. This meeting occurred on February 27, 2021 via Zoom. "At a Glance . . .” Eurythmist and poet...

A Night at the Opera

Here is a summary of the recent Section for Literary Arts & Humanities meeting of the local group in Fair Oaks, CA. This meeting occurred on February 20, 2021 via Zoom. "At a Glance . . .” A Night at the Opera. Thanks to Marion and Nicholas, Mozart and Ingmar...

Goethe’s Narrated Opera

“The Procession to the Bridge” by Hermann Linde Here is a summary of the recent Section for Literary Arts & Humanities meeting of the local group in Fair Oaks, CA. This meeting occurred on February 13, 2021 via Zoom. "At a Glance . . .” On February 13 we continued...

Under the Sign of Friendship

Here is a summary of the recent Section for Literary Arts & Humanities meeting of the local group in Fair Oaks, CA. This meeting occurred on February 6, 2021 via Zoom. "At a Glance . . .” On February 6 we continued our 2021 work on the Fairy Tale of the Green...

The Time Is At Hand!

"Family of Saltimbanques" by Pablo Picasso Here is a summary of the recent Section for Literary Arts & Humanities meeting of the local group that occurred in Fair Oaks, CA. This meeting occurred on January 30, 2021 via Zoom. "At a Glance . . .” On January 30 we...

A Moment of Redirection and Opportunity

“The Boy” by Amedeo Mogdiliani "At a Glance . . .” On January 23 we began our meetings for 2021. For the time being, we will continue to meet for an hour each Saturday We reviewed the publication Stil, a joint effort of the Section for Literary Arts and the Visual Art...

An Advent Celebration

“The Niccolini-Copwer Madonna” by Raphael Here is a summary of the recent Section for Literary Arts & Humanities meeting of the local group in Fair Oaks, CA. This meeting occurred on December 19, 2020 via Zoom. "At a Glance . . .” This was our last meeting for the...

Advent Salon

Here is a summary of the recent Section for Literary Arts & Humanities meeting of the local group in Fair Oaks, CA. This meeting occurred on December 12, 2020 via Zoom. "At a Glance . . .” On December 12 we had another online literary salon. The details of our...

Piktor’s Metamorphoses & Novalis

Here is a summary of the recent Section for Literary Arts & Humanities meeting of the local group in Fair Oaks, CA. This meeting occurred on December 5, 2020 via Zoom. "At a Glance . . .” On December 12 we will celebrate the completion of our work in 2020 with an...

Shakespeare & Novalis: A Mysterious Friendship

“Catching the Thanksgiving Turkey” by Grandma Moses Here is a summary of the recent Section for Literary Arts & Humanities meeting of the local group in Fair Oaks, CA. This meeting occurred on November 28, 2020 via Zoom. "At a Glance . . .” We discussed briefly...

Novalis & The Healing Art of Fairy Tale

Our local group in Fair Oaks did not meet for discussion this week. Instead, the Section sponsored an evening presentation at the Faust Branch in Fair Oaks: “Novalis & The Healing Art of Fairy Tale.” Some of us also attended the Zoom production of The Comedy of...

Novalis, Hesse & Jung

"November Afternoon" by Alfred Sisley Here is a summary of the recent Section for Literary Arts & Humanities meeting of the local group in Fair Oaks, CA. This meeting occurred on November 14, 2020 via Zoom. "At a Glance . . .” On November 20, members and friends...

Mahler, Novalis & Scenes from Ellis Island

Here is a summary of the recent Section for Literary Arts & Humanities meeting of the local group in Fair Oaks, CA. This meeting occurred on November 6, 2020 via Zoom. "At a Glance . . ." Jean Yeager and Tess Parker are hosting an online writer’s salon on November...

Zoom salon for Keats and a new website

Here is a summary of the recent Section for Literary Arts & Humanities meeting of the local group in Fair Oaks, CA. This meeting occurred on October 31, 2020 via Zoom. Meeting Summary Last night’s meeting was a big one! And very lively! We hosted our first...

Lifting the Veil

“Spring Cloud Study” by John Constable Here is a summary of the recent weekly Section for Literary Arts & Humanities meeting of the local group in Fair Oaks, CA. This meeting occurred on October 24, 2020 via Zoom. Meeting Summary We began the meeting with a few...

Apprentices & Fairy Tales

Here is a summary of the recent weekly Section for Literary Arts & Humanities meeting of the local group in Fair Oaks, CA. This meeting occurred on October 17, 2020 via Zoom. Meeting Summary We started our meeting a bit early at 6:40 to allow more time for...

Apprentices of Sais

“Still Life” by Suri Oru Here is a summary of the recent weekly Section for Literary Arts & Humanities meeting of the local group in Fair Oaks, CA. This meeting occurred on October 10, 2020 via Zoom. Meeting Summary We made slight changes to the rhythm of our...

Steffen, Schiller & Sensitive Chaos

Here is a summary of the recent weekly Section for Literary Arts & Humanities meeting of the local group in Fair Oaks, CA. This meeting occurred on October 3, 2020 via Zoom. Meeting Summary Last night we held our 28th online weekly Zoom meeting of the local group...

Language & romantic irony

Greetings at the season of Michaelmas. Here is a summary of the recent weekly Section for Literary Arts & Humanities meeting of the local group in Fair Oaks, CA. This meeting occurred on September 26, 2020, via Zoom. "Intimate acquaintance with Novalis means for...

Bach, Hesse & Keats

Here is a summary of the recent weekly Section for Literary Arts & Humanities meeting of the local group in Fair Oaks, CA. This meeting occurred on September 19, 2020 via Zoom. "Human beings travel many paths. Whoever pursues these paths and makes comparisons will...

Narcissus & Goldmund

Here is a summary of the recent weekly Section for Literary Arts & Humanities meeting of the local group in Fair Oaks, CA. This meeting occurred on September 12, 2020 via Zoom. Meeting Summary Last night we began our discussion of the novel Narcissus and Goldmund...

Tieck, Steiner & Grimm

Here is a summary of the recent weekly Section for Literary Arts & Humanities meeting of the local group in Fair Oaks, CA. This meeting occurred on September 5, 2020 via Zoom. At this meeting, we continued our consideration of Novalis. Meeting Summary Last night...

Birth Chart of Novalis

Here is a summary of the recent weekly Section for Literary Arts & Humanities meeting of the local group in Fair Oaks, CA. This meeting occurred on August 29, 2020 via Zoom. At this meeting, we continued our consideration of Novalis. Meeting Summary This week’s...

A Mysterious Singer

Here is a summary of the recent weekly Section for Literary Arts & Humanities meeting of the local group in Fair Oaks, CA. This meeting occurred on August 22, 2020 via Zoom. At this meeting we continued our consideration of Hymns to the Night by Novalis. Meeting...

“Handschrift” Novalis

Here is a summary of the recent weekly Section for Literary Arts & Humanities meeting of the local group in Fair Oaks, CA. This meeting occurred on August 15, 2020 via Zoom. At this meeting we continued our consideration of Hymns to the Night by Novalis. Meeting...

Hymns to the night

Here is a summary of the recent weekly Section for Literary Arts & Humanities meeting of the local group in Fair Oaks, CA. This meeting occurred on August 8, 2020 via Zoom. At this meeting we began our consideration of Hymns to the Night by Novalis. We have...

Star Wisdom in Novalis

Here is a summary of the recent weekly Section for Literary Arts & Humanities meeting of the local group in Fair Oaks, CA. This meeting occurred on August 1, 2020 via Zoom. Meeting Summary Brian Gray joined us last night. Brian talked to us about the stars and...

“Cave Music” & Novalis

Here is a summary of the recent weekly Section for Literary Arts & Humanities meeting of the local group in Fair Oaks, CA. This meeting occurred on July 25, 2020 via Zoom. At this meeting, we continued our exploration of Novalis and the novel Heinrich...

Friedrich Hiebel on Novalis

Here is a summary of the recent weekly Section for Literary Arts & Humanities meeting of the local group in Fair Oaks, CA. This meeting occurred on July 18, 2020 via Zoom. At this meeting, we continued our exploration of Novalis and the novel Heinrich...

Conscience & Clouds

Here is a summary of the recent weekly Section for Literary Arts & Humanities meeting of the local group in Fair Oaks, CA. This meeting occurred on July 11, 2020 via Zoom. At this meeting, we continued our exploration of Novalis and the novel Heinrich von...

Heinrich von Ofterdingen

Here is a summary of the recent weekly Section for Literary Arts & Humanities meeting of the local group in Fair Oaks, CA. This meeting occurred on July 4, 2020 via Zoom. In this meeting, we continued our exploration of Novalis and the novel Heinrich...

The Unborn

Here is a summary of the recent weekly Section for Literary Arts & Humanities meeting of the local group in Fair Oaks, CA. This meeting occurred on June 27, 2020 via Zoom. In this meeting, we continued our exploration of Novalis and the novel Heinrich von...

Freya, Perseus & Klingsohr

Here is a summary of the recent weekly Section for Literary Arts & Humanities meeting of the local group in Fair Oaks, CA. This meeting occurred on June 20, 2020 via Zoom. In this meeting, we continued our exploration of Novalis and the novel Heinrich von...

Steffen, Novalis & Dante

Here is a summary of the recent weekly Section for Literary Arts & Humanities meeting of the local group in Fair Oaks, CA. This meeting occurred on June 13, 2020 via Zoom. In this meeting, we continued our exploration of Novalis. Meeting Summary We again discussed...

Klingsohr’s Fairy Tale

Here is a summary of the recent weekly Section for Literary Arts & Humanities meeting of the local group in Fair Oaks, CA. This meeting occurred on June 6, 2020 via Zoom. In this meeting, we continued our exploration of Novalis. Meeting Summary Why have I included...

Vidar

Here is a summary of the recent weekly Section for Literary Arts & Humanities meeting of the local group in Fair Oaks, CA. This meeting occurred on May 30, 2020 via Zoom. In this meeting, we continued our exploration of Novalis. Meeting Summary Cheryl shared the...

Inward Goes the Secret Path

Here is a summary of the recent weekly Section for Literary Arts & Humanities meeting of the local group in Fair Oaks, CA. This meeting occurred on May 23, 2020 via Zoom. In this meeting, we continued our exploration of Novalis — with an accent on the color blue....

The Secret Word

Here is a brief summary of the recent weekly Section for Literary Arts & Humanities meeting of the local group in Fair Oaks, CA. This meeting occurred on May 16, 2020 via Zoom. I’ll continue to send out these summaries, but the idea came up in discussion last...

The King of Metals

Here is a summary of the recent Section for Literary Arts & Humanities meeting of the local group in Fair Oaks, CA. This meeting occurred on May 9, 2020 via Zoom. Meeting Summary The picture displayed above is a detail from a larger work that hangs in the Crocker...

Magical Idealism

Here is a summary of the recent Section for Literary Arts & Humanities meeting of the local group in Fair Oaks, CA. This meeting occurred on May 2, 2020 via Zoom. Meeting Summary "Happy Birthday, Friedrich von Hardenberg, gennant Novalis!" As noted in earlier...

Fairy Tales

Here is a summary of the recent April 25, 2020 Zoom meeting in Fair Oaks. Meeting Summary After a period of “meet and greet” and sharing some personal news and news of the community, we began the meeting with a verse. The verse chosen for this meeting comes from...

Hovering

Once more, a report on our recent weekly Section for Literary Arts and Humanities “Zoom” meeting with the local group in Fair Oaks. At our meeting yesterday April 18, I started the discussion by sharing a comment from Herbert Hagens. Herbert sent the comment to the...

The World Must Be Romanticized

Easter Greetings! This is my report on our recent Zoom meeting of the Fair Oaks group on April 11. We ran about a half-hour over our allotted time, and we decided to start our next meetings at 7:00. I will schedule the next meeting for an hour and a half. We will...

The Key to the World

Here’s a summary of the meeting on April 4, 2020. Meeting Summary The group in Fair Oaks has decided to study Novalis. We put aside our months-long study of British Romanticism — I’m not sure if we will return to this topic, except in so far as this topic is relevant...

Transition to Zoom!

Thanks for trying out our first online Section meeting last Sunday, March 29. I found this first attempt on Zoom in response to the Covid crisis to be challenging and personally quite energy-intensive, but I came away inspired by our study of Novalis and Heinrich von...

Blake & British Romanticism

Here is a summary of the recent weekly Section for Literary Arts & Humanities meeting of the local group in Fair Oaks, CA. This meeting occurred on March 14, 2020  In this meeting, we continued our exploration of William Blake and British Romanticism. This was...

Wm. Blake & Mary Wollstonecraft

Here is a summary of the recent Section for Literary Arts & Humanities meeting of the local group in Fair Oaks, CA. This meeting occurred on February 8, 2020 via Zoom. Meeting Summary At the “kitchen talk” on British Romanticism yesterday February 8, I presented...

Literature and Enlightenment

The Crystal Ball by John William Waterhouse At our Section meeting yesterday January 25, 2019 we started the night with verses from The Calendar of the Soul and then acknowledged that the day marked the beginning of the lunar new year (a moveable date) and that...

Advent Salon

“Study of a young woman” by Johannes Vermeer New Moon Salon Celebration Last night on December 14, 2019 many of us gathered for another Section-inspired New Moon Salon. I was pleased to see that the group included friends new to our Section activities and friends and...

Only the Impossible

Friendships and Retrospectives We began the Section meeting yesterday November 2, 2019 with a moment of reflection for two individuals who recently passed over the threshold. The first individual, Jane Hipolito, was of course very important to our work in Fair Oaks....

Shadow Music

“Music” by Henri Matisse Heard melodies are sweet, but those unheard Are sweeter; therefore, ye soft pipes, play on; Not to the sensual ear, but, more endear'd, Pipe to the spirit ditties of no tone . . . — John Keats At our “kitchen talk” and Section meeting on...

Au Revoir, Monsieur le Monstre!

“Invention of the Monsters” by Salvador Dali “Herr Doktor, It’s Alive!" We used most of the time during our meeting on September 14, 2019 in discussion of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. Nancy presented Mary Shelley’s biography – and this allowed us to discuss Mary...

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