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by John Hanson Mitchell

  • ISBN: 0385191944
  • Category: History
  • Author: John Hanson Mitchell
  • Subcategory: Americas
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  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Anchor Press/Doubleday; 1st edition (1984)
  • Pages: 222 pages
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  • Rating: 4.1
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JOHN HANSON MITCHELL, winner of the 1994 John Burroughs Essay Award, is the author of numerous books. Ceremonial Time is the first in a series of titles in the Scratch Flat Chronicles

JOHN HANSON MITCHELL, winner of the 1994 John Burroughs Essay Award, is the author of numerous books. Ceremonial Time is the first in a series of titles in the Scratch Flat Chronicles. His newest book is An Eden of Sorts: A Natural History of My Feral Garden. Start reading Ceremonial Time: Fifteen Thousand Years on One Square Mile on your Kindle in under a minute. Don't have a Kindle? Get your Kindle here, or download a FREE Kindle Reading App.

JOHN HANSON MITCHELL, winner of the 1994 John Burroughs Essay Award, is the author of numerous books. after all you've got 15,000 years to cover! Mr. Mitchell inserts you into whatever time and scene he is putting before you, in that chapter or that paragraph. It isn't a book to be hurried. a great read before bed.

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First Warner Books printing, 1985.

John Hanson Mitchell (born 1940) is an American author best known for a series of books that concentrate on a single square mile of land in eastern Massachusetts known as Scratch Flat. Mitchell was born in 1940 in Englewood, New Jersey, the son of James A. Mitchell (1896 – 1967), an early civil rights activist. He left home as a teenager and studied in Europe at the Sorbonne and the University of Madrid before returning to the States

Mitchell is Director of Publications for the Massachusetts Audubon Society, and he catalogues the flora and fauna of ""Scratch .

Mitchell is Director of Publications for the Massachusetts Audubon Society, and he catalogues the flora and fauna of ""Scratch Flat"" with the precision of a trained naturalist and the graceful, unassuming prose of a born writer. In the meantime Mitchell finds wisdom and comfort in cultivating his sense of ""ceremonial time,"" the primitive awareness of past, present, and future events fusing together in the eternal now of sacred space.

Ceremonial time is the moment when past, present, and future can be perceived simultaneously. Usually experienced only during ancient dances or rituals, this escape from time is the theme of this book, which traces the life on a single spot in New England from the last ice age through years of Indians, shamans, and bears, to the colonists, witches and farmers, and now the encroaching parks. com User, March 20, 2010. I admit I know the author. I met him while bragging about my - as unyet unpublished - book (it will be soon). He did not brag - but my wife had read Ceremonial Time and loved it. I bought it with some prejudice.

Fifteen Thousand Years on One Square Mile. by John Hanson Mitchell. Published May 1991 by Houghton Mifflin (P). History, Natural history, Indians of North America, Wamesit Indians. Massachusetts, Littleton Region (Town), Littleton Region (Mass. Town), Littleton (Mass.

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Ceremonial time is the moment when past, present, and future can be perceived simultaneously. Experienced only rarely, usually during ancient dances or rituals, this escape from time is the gift of John Mitchells extraordinary writing. In this, his most magical book, he traces the life on a single spot in New England from the last ice age through years of Indians, shamans, and bears, to the colonists, witches and farmers, and now the encroaching parks.
Reviews about Ceremonial time: Fifteen thousand years on one square mile (7):
DireRaven
My mother introduced me to what has become a favorite book, worth reading every few years. The kind of book you can pick up and read at whatever pace...after all you've got 15,000 years to cover! Mr. Mitchell inserts you into whatever time and scene he is putting before you, in that chapter or that paragraph. It isn't a book to be hurried. It is a book that relaxes and lulls...a great read before bed. For maybe the only time ever, I will say as a compliment that this book moves at a glacial pace. Lovely!
Ochach
This is an excellent, ruminative book on time and life with great insight into the history of a single, small area in New England. It shows what is possible with this kind of deep historical examination which leads to much internal exploration. Highly recommended!
Peles
John Hanson Mitchell takes his readers on a time bending exploration that has more philosophical merit than historical ambition. In other words, this is not an academic history. This is rather an examination of the interrelationship between past, present and future, and a celebration of natural resiliency that will outlive all human change and human existence itself.
Kalv
I loved this book. Not only because I live in the area it describes, but because it sobers me to consider what went before us all. In my own home, I've often thought of the Native Americans who may have enjoyed the same gentle ageless pond we do, but that's nothing to what this book presents. Wish John would do this for the next square mile!
Kea
Mitchell goes far beyond "reading the landscape" of his town. He analyzes the history, anthropology, architecture, agriculture, geology, botany, and zoology of an area northwest of Littleton, Massachusetts, called "Scratch Flat." As if that's not enough, he goes one step further by investigating and uncovering the ancestral *spirit* of the place. This book is an easy, enlightening read that will not only have you looking differently at your own neighborhood but also contemplating our traditional notions of time. "[W]e are the future of the past, and the past of the future." (p. 200) Certainly food for thought.
Nilador
I have lifted whole lecture topics from this book, and passed on copies to numerous students and friends. The idea is lovely -write an ecology based on an intimate history of one square mile of land-and Mitchell delivers it up in excellent prose that keeps one reading even when the material turns a tad dry. Why only 4 stars? I am not sure if this book will have "legs" beyond the landscape and history that it celebrates. It would be great to have a few more Mitchells do something similar to the westward and southward, so that we could expand our perceptions beyond the deliberate confines that the author has set. For those of us within a day's drive however, this is definitely a book to read.
just one girl
....is what the author shows you throughout this highly readable tale of Scratch Flat, a mile-square locale near Concord. The history of its geography, botany, and inhabitants unfolds here in lucid prose devoid of technical jargon. For the ecopsychology course I'm putting together I plan to make this book required reading.
A recommendation: the word "primitive" ought to be removed from future editions when used in reference to American Indians. Many regard it as derogatory, and even white readers may well wonder who is more primitive: those who inhabit the land with care or those who kill its inhabitants and "develop" it out of existence.
Great book, with an incredible timeline & history. Read it!

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