Jessie Luther at the Grenfell Mission

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McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP, Apr 23, 2001 - Biography & Autobiography - 343 pages
While her journal concentrates on her efforts to teach weaving, carving, metal work, pottery, carpentry, basket weaving, and her best known accomplishment, the hooked mats that have become famous for their strong designs and meticulous craftsmanship, she also describes the local people and customs of St Anthony and life in the household of the Grenfell workers. After she left Newfoundland, Luther became one of the pioneers of occupational therapy in the United States, spending the rest of her professional life as director of occupational therapy at the Butler Hospital in Providence, Rhode Island. Edited by Ronald Rompkey, author of the most authoritative biography of Grenfell, Luther's journal provides an unusually intimate account of Wilfred Grenfell during these four years B his idiosyncracies, his attempts to meet the needs of the community, his rescue from a floating ice pan, his marriage B and brings to life the Newfoundlanders with whom she worked.

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Page ix - Thus they discoursed together till late at night; and after they had committed themselves to their Lord for protection, they betook themselves to rest: the pilgrim they laid in a large upper chamber, whose window opened towards the sun-rising: the name of the chamber was Peace, where he slept till break of day, and then he awoke and sang, Where am I now?
Page xxix - ... the actual carrying forward of industrial processes, and the fact that the explanation of each process, or period, is complete in itself, would tend to make the teaching dramatic, and to overcome in a measure the disadvantage of irregular attendance. It was further believed, although perhaps it is difficult to demonstrate, that when the materials of daily life and contact remind the student of the subject of his lesson and its connections, it would hold his interest and feed his thought as abstract...
Page xxiv - Describing what happened ho said that he remembered that the driver of the tram had called out " You are a — — old fool ! " and that he had replied, " I quite agree with you ! " Sir Everard received the CMG in 1892 and the CB in 1900. He was created a Knight of the Order of St. Michael and St. George in 1905, and received the KBE in 1918 in recognition of his war services. He also had conferred on him the LL.D. by Edinburgh and Sydney Universities.
Page xxix - The modern Arts and Crafts idea appealed very strongly, because of the growing interest in the movement and because of the clean, wholesome atmosphere which surrounds such work, and because of the many-sided appeal which such a work as the making of pottery, for instance, has to most educated minds.
Page xviii - nos équipages ne sauraient hiverner sur la côte. Cependant force leur est, en partant à l'automne, de laisser...

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professor of English, director of J.R. Smallwood Foundation for Newfoundland and Labrador Studies, Memorial University, Canada