Timeline of Meeting Summaries

Shakespeare / A View from the Stage & Glimpse from the Gallery

At the meeting on October 29, 2022, Fred Dennehy brought Shakespeare back into our Section conversations. Fred surveyed the authorship question and then moved to the play Hamlet. Fred has acted in several plays by Shakespeare, and he enlivened the evening with a close...

Philip Thatcher / A Poetry Reading

Poet Philip Thatcher joined our meeting to read from his books of poetry Fine Matter and Good Time. Philip's books are available: Purchase in Canada Les Éditions Perceval Percevalbooks2001@gmail.com USA Customers: US $30.00 (postage included in the price) Purchase in...

Poetry Night / June 25, 2022

“Poetry arises from the natural action of the human spirit. Does not every human being strive and compose at every moment?” -- Novalis, Heinrich von Ofterdingen   Poetry Night / St. John's Celebration On June 25, 2022, the Section for the Literary Arts and...

Percy MacKaye / And Our American Drama

At the Section meeting on June 11, I gave a lecture presentation on American poet, playwright, biographer, and impresario Percy MacKaye, along with a look at the extended MacKaye family: Steele MacKaye, Arvia MacKaye, Christy MacKaye, Robin MacKaye, Marion MacKaye....

“Hyacinth & Rosebud” by Novalis

A Fresh Translation for the 21st Century! This edition contains an Afterword "The Healing Art of Fairytale" that explains why our Section friends and members turned to Novalis at the beginning of the Covid era. Preview or Purchase the Book What is anthroposophy then?...

Steps Toward a Community of Poets

  “It is very unfortunate,” said Klingsohr, “that poetry has a particular name, and that poets constitute a particular class. It is not, however, strange. It arises from the natural action of the human spirit. Does not every human being strive and compose at...

Steps Toward a Temple of the Human

˛ Our April 30, 2022 meeting of the Section for the Literary Arts and Humanities of the School for Spiritual Science in North America featured Arie van Amerigen from Montreal, Canada. Arie spoke to us about his 2021 publication: The Foundation Stone Meditation and the...

Steps Toward A Poetry of Knowing

Mont Ventoux? At our meeting on April 16 we walked a bit farther up the mountain called Art and Theory of Art: Foundations of a New Aesthetic, lectures by Rudolf Steiner published by SteinerBooks. We surveyed and discussed the Table of Contents and refreshed our...

“An Actor’s Search for Grace” / Lisa Dalton

Meeting Summary / St. Joseph of Arimathea Day At our meeting on March 19, 2022, Lisa Dalton gave a presentation. Lisa, as many of us know, is an actress, theater professional, and Chekhov Acting Method master teacher. She spoke on the topic: “An Actor’s Search for...

Grace & The Mystery of Being Human / Introduction to Heinrich von Kleist

"Grace is the beauty of form under the influence of freedom.” — Friedrich Schiller, from the essay Grace and Dignity (1793) This famous quotation by Friedrich Schiller relates very importantly to our Section meeting on February 19, 2022. The words roll off the tongue...

The Gospel of St. John / Presentation by Robert McDermott

Here is a summary of our meeting of the Section for the Literary Arts and Humanities of the School for Spiritual Science in North America that occurred on Saturday February 5, 2022 on Zoom. Next meeting: February 19, 2022 at 7 pm Pacific. Friend, colleague, and...

“Rock Crystal” by Adalbert Stifter

A New Year's Eve Salon Performance Offered by the Section for the Literary Arts and Humanities; Sponsored by the Faust Branch in Fair Oaks “. . . Adalbert Stifter, a significant writer . . .” -- Rudolf Steiner On New Year Eve 2020, the Section presented to the Faust...

A Carole of Poets: Advent 2021

“The Birds Can Do Nothing But Sing” / A SECTION POETRY READING On December 18, 2021, the Section for the Literary Arts and Humanities of the School for Spiritual Science in North America met by Zoom for a Poetry Night. This was our fourth Poetry Night of the year. We...

“The Actor’s Process” by Fred Dennehy

"The Actor’s Process” by Fred Dennehy https://vimeo.com/653898711 Fred Dennehy is a class reader and longtime member of the Section for the Literary Arts and Humanities of the School for Spiritual Science in North America. He is a member of the Section collegium. Fred...

Poetics of Place / A Ritual Circumambulation

Henry David Thoreau “At a Glance . . .” "I have met but one or two persons in the course of my life who understood the art of Walking, that is, of taking walks—who had a genius, so to speak, for sauntering: which word is beautifully derived from “idle people who...

Philip Thatcher, North American Poet

“Reading the River” photo by Bruce Donehower "At a Glance . . .” On Saturday October 30 poet Philip Thatcher gave a reading of his poetry. Philip also discussed “The Poet’s Process.” Philip is the former General Secretary of the Anthroposophical Society in Canada....

The Genius of Language

“Mary Wollstonecraft in 1790 - 1791” by John Opie "At a Glance . . .” As mentioned in the meeting summary for October 2, this autumn we have returned to themes that were under discussion at our last in-person meeting on March 2020, just prior to Covid isolation. We...

The Art of Memory

“Listen to the Bear” photo by Bruce Donehower "At a Glance . . .” At our recent Section meeting on October 2, 2021, we returned to themes that were under discussion at our last in-person meeting on March 2020, just prior to Covid isolation. We discussed the North...

Meetings, Poetry, & Publications

“For California is a Poem!” Words by Ina Coolbrith. Photo by Bruce Donehower Here is a summary of recent events and a look ahead to autumn, the “season of mists and mellow fruitfulness." A Section for the Literary Arts and Humanities meeting of the local group in Fair...

History of the Literary Arts Section

“A Poem Found Written on a Rock at the American River” / Photo by Bruce Donehower 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 for the Literary Arts...

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...

James Joyce, Modernism, & the Unborn

  Video Lecture from June 2021 Meeting Art, Spirit, Epiphany A Waldorf Perspective   “James Joyce, the twentieth century literary giant, had a vision of the arts. He saw the arts as consisting of both proper and improper manifestations. But he saw two kinds...

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. https://vimeo.com/565947198 "Time past and time...

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...

Owen Barfield: A Video Presentation by Fred Dennehy, Ph.D.

“Owen Barfield: The Soul of a Word” In this 30-minute video recording from a Section for Literary Arts and Humanities meeting held on June 5, 2021, Fred Dennehy provides an introduction to the world and mind of Owen Barfield. https://vimeo.com/560277889 “We are...

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...

Novalis & Healing Art of Fairy Tale: A Video Lecture

  This 20-minute lecture video is from a Section meeting held in Fair Oaks on November 20, 2020. At the bottom of this post is the fairy discussed: Hyacinth and Rosebud by Novalis.   https://vimeo.com/583886003 Novalis thought very highly of fairy tales....

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...

“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...

Happy Birthday, Novalis! / 2021

On May 2, 2021 the friends and members of the Section for Literary Arts and Humanities group in Fair Oaks met to celebrate the 249th birthday of Friedrich von Hardenberg, the poet Novalis (May 2, 1772). This “New Moon Salon” occurred on Zoom – an artistic hour of...

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...

Christian Morgenstern: An Introduction by Clifford Venho

“Fishes Night Song.” Poem by Christian Morgenstern In this video recording from a Section Zoom meeting held on April 24, 2021, poet Clifford Venho shares a 34-minute introduction to Christian Morgenstern. https://vimeo.com/542245838 We Have Found a Path Morgenstern is...

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, April 17, 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 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...

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...

“A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens

Original Cover of the 1843 Edition An abridged performance narration for the New Year, 2021 https://vimeo.com/496245692 This performance video of the famous Dickens’ tale was done at the invitation of the Fair Oaks Faust Branch as part of their Holy Night schedule....

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...

Novalis, Schlegel, Shakespeare: A Fellowship of the Word

“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...

10 Views Toward Grail & Tamalpais: A Circumambulation

“Tom's most well now and got his bullet around his neck on a watch-guard for a watch, and is always seeing what time it is, and so there ain't nothing more to write about, and I am rotten glad of it, because if I'd a knowed what a trouble it was to make a book I...

Novalis & The Healing Art of Fairy Tale / Video Lecture

    “The fairy tale is the touchstone of poetry . . . everything poetic must be like a fairy tale. The poet worships chance.” — Novalis   This 20-minute lecture video is from a Meeting of the Section for the Literary Arts and Humanities held on November...

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...

“The Unending Task” / A Parable of Mercy and Compassion

Speech artist and local Fair Oaks group member Margit Ilgen found this parable of compassion and mercy in an old collection of world myths and legends. She brought it to the group’s attention and suggested that it might be a worthy project. We had just finished the...

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...

“Alle Menschen” by Novalis

At the meeting of the local Section group on April 18, 2020, we discussed one of the very last poems that Novalis wrote: “Alle Menschen seh ich Leben.” This prompted a lively dialogue concerning translation. I hope we can continue this discussion in future meetings....

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