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Mark Twain and Helen Keller

Mark Twain and Helen Keller enjoyed a close, enduring friendship. When he learned that she was mortified was accused of plagiarism, he sent her a fond letter as touching as it was reassuring. This is part of a complete episode.

Helen Keller Quote

Our earlier conversation about sign language reminded Martha of this quote from Helen Keller: “Once I knew only darkness and stillness… my life was without past or future… but a little word from the fingers of another fell into my hand that...


deconstruction  n.—Gloss: the re-use of discarded or dismantled building materials in home construction. «Instead of having her 1,300-square-foot house bulldozed, she hired Jon Alexander, a contractor who shared her environmentalism and...

circus save

circus save  n.— «Scotland threatened only once more, with Keller making a circus save off Gary McAllister’s direct free kick late in the first half.» —“U.S. shoots blanks in loss” by Kim Hartwig Denver Post (Colo...