Timeline of Meeting Summaries

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?...

“Atlantis” by Novalis

Artwork by Marion Donehower / "Atlantis" A Fresh Translation for the 21st Century! On May 21, 2022, friends and members of the Section for the Literary Arts and Humanities of the School for Spiritual Science in North America continued their Celebration of the 250th...

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...

Memory, Transcendence, Clairvoyant Insight

“Forget” / A Poem by Rainer Maria Rilke Recited in German with English translation. Credits: Speech: Marion Donehower Music composed by Claude Gagnon Music performed by Bruce Donehower English Translation copyright 2022 by Bruce Donehower A contribution to the...

“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...

“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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

“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, 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...

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 / 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...

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...

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