Tuesday, November 10, 2009

"Be ashamed to die until you have won some victory of humanity"

These are the words spoken to the graduating class at Antioch College by Horace Mann just months before his own death. An alert reader drew the blog's attention to an excellent classically styled bust of Mann in the National Portrait Gallery. But the National Portrait Gallery does not appear to have a portrait of Wiley.

The photo has nothing to do with Horace Mann. Susan took it at the Dixie Classic Fair back in October. Before she became the bee lady she used to be a tobacco farmer (that is, she had to grow tobacco to rear the sphinx moth Manduca sexta, which has the common name of tobacco hornworm and is widely used to study metamorphosis). She never won any blue ribbons, though.

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