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Liam Heneghan
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You've been warned: The Garden of Earthly Delights
You've been warned: "Although Bosch’s Paradise is undeniably a garden, and hell is a garden of a hideous sort, the Earthly garden is neither perfect, nor is it horrifying. It’s an amalgam of sorts. The garden we live in may be what we make of it: if your li...

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To All True Lovers - Slow Air on Tin Whiste


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Caring for the Rose: Environmental Literacy and Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s The Little Prince
If you happen to crash-land on a desert island with your child—let’s say, to soften this traumatic vision, that this is a beautiful and gently undulating hot-air balloon descent—I hope that your copy Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s The Little Prince (1943) survi...

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by Liam Heneghan [Dedicated to Oisín on his 21st birthday--a man with a grudging regard for a good rhyme] Undoubtedly, the reading of nursery rhymes, some silly, some quite profound, and all generally teetering on the brink of insanity, shapes, in their ear...

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Doctor Foster’s Disastrous Trip to Gloucester: Antipathy to Urban Life in Nursery Rhymes
by Liam Heneghan [Dedicated to Oisín on his 21st birthday--a man with a grudging regard for a good rhyme] Undoubtedly, the reading of nursery rhymes, some silly, some quite profound, and all generally teetering on the brink of insanity, shapes, in their ear...

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A Visit to Oz
In 1976 to celebrate the Chicago connection to the Oz stories, the city dedicated a lovely little park, Oz Park, to L. Frank Baum’s creative work. It is within half a mile of where I teach in Chicago’s Lincoln Park. In subsequent years, the city installed s...

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Awe, despair and the annihilation of nature
Although it can be hard to discern at times, every academic subject is accompanied by a particular mood; for example, patient industry in the case of history, righteous indignation in peace studies, refined querulousness in philosophy, stolid deliberativene...

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Botany and Fantasy
This is generally a truth in fantasy literature: before extravagant quests, before dragons and gold, before rings of power, before strenuous heroism, comes botany . Hobbits farming the Shire, Harry Potter in the greenhouses with Professor Sprout, Ged on the...
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