By Mia Cunningham
Anna Eikenhout (1902-1986) was once an honors graduate of Ohio nation college, a fine-arts librarian, a talented pianist, and an avid reader in 3 languages. Harlan Hubbard (1900-1988), a little-known painter and would-be shantyboater, appeared an not going husband, yet jointly they lived a lifestyles out of the pages of Thoreau's Walden. a lot of what's identified in regards to the Hubbards comes from Harlan's books and journals. in regards to the seasons and the panorama, his writing was once rapturous, but he used to be emotionally reticent whilst discussing human affairs often or Anna specifically. but it was once via her efforts that their lifestyles at the river was once actually civilized. viewers to Payne hole bear in mind Anna as a beneficiant, gracious hostess, whose intelligence and artistry made the small apartment appear grander than a mansion.
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Meanwhile Anna assembled the reading light, which consisted of two kerosene lamps and a holder Harlan had made for them, an H-shaped wooden stand slightly taller than it was wide. The shelf crosspiece of the H was just the right size to hold the lamps. With the lamps in place, two flat, rectangular reflector shades made of sturdy aluminum were affixed, one on each side, at a slanting angle. At last the designated reader took the current book from the bookcase, and the listeners took up their current handwork.
Anna was offended that the man seemed to expect her and Harlan to accept instantly the breakup of his former marriage and welcome the new person who was now filling the role of wife. " The great annoyance of strangers dropping in might have been allayed if Harlan had had something of Scott Nearing in his makeup. Nearing (1883-1983) and his wife, Helen (1904-95), wrote books on their homesteading life in Vermont (Living the Good Life, 1954) and Maine (Continuing the Good Life, 1979). By the 1970s they were handling up to twenty-five hundred visitors a year, often dozens in a day.
He set his feet down one directly in front of the other, heel to toe. After we crossed the dry creek bed the trail widened and we began the climb, which even Harlan considered steep. Before long I was breathing hard and feeling prickly. To me, breaking a sweat was a signal to stop what I was doing and regain my composure. Fortunately Harlan was sensitive to the needs of guests of all ages and physical conditions, and he was easy on me. Instead of his vertical shortcut he had taken the easier trail, the old roadbed between the ridge and Payne's Landing, where the steamboats used to stop, and he didn't seem to mind pausing often while I caught my breath.
Anna Hubbard: Out of the Shadows by Mia Cunningham