Thanks to a member of the Hermitary forum for pointing out a series of articles on introversion by writer Jonathan Rausch in the Atlantic Monthly. The title of the original March 2003 article is “Caring for Your Introvert: The Habits and Needs of a Little-understood Group” and drew more hits to the Atlantic website than any previous article. The article is short and addresses the basics, arguing that extroverts simply don’t understand what it is like to be an introvert. URL: http://www.theatlantic.com/doc/200303/rauch
Rauch was interviewed in the February 2006 issue of the magazine, under the title “Introverts of the World, Unite!” URL: http://www.theatlantic.com/doc/200602u/introverts. And in an April 2006 column titled “The Introversy Continues,” Rauch responded to reader feedback. URL: http://www.theatlantic.com/doc/200604u/introversy
The “Planting of the Penny Hedge” is an outdoor ritual in Whitby, North Yorkshire, England, held on Ascension Day. The Planting is based on a medieval legend about a hermit. A recent news item tells us:
The story goes that three men were hunting a wild boar which was believed to have sought refuge with a hermit at Eskdaleside but the three hunters attacked the hermit and killed him.
As punishment for the crime the trio were ordered to build a hedge cut with a penny knife at low tide and if they refused or the hedge failed to withstand three tides and fell down, they would be forced to forfeit their land.
The article does not elaborate on the nature or efficacy of this ritual, probably as unknown to its participants as to those who read this item. URL: http://www.whitbytoday.co.uk/news?articleid=2885245.
The story is nicely summarized on a page of the Whitby-UK Resources website: http://www.whitby-uk.com/cgi-bin/site.nav/whitby.pl?page=pennyhedge.
John Christopher Atkinson, author of an obscure 1894 book entitled “Memorials of Old Whitby: Historical Gleanings from Ancient Whitby Record,” also explains the probable origins of the ritual, adding, however, that on the face of it the ritual is “nonsensical” and a “farcical, objectless ceremony.”
The University of Michigan’s Digital Library includes a copy of the 1942 edition of The Desert Fathers, translated by Helen Waddell. This work was my very earliest formal introduction to the desert fathers, and has remained one of my favorites. URL: http://www.hti.umich.edu/cgi/t/text/text-idx?c=genpub;idno=AFZ9015.0001.001.
This news item from Reuters and variously broadcast in web media is entitled “Colombian hermit finds paradise on Lebanon trail.” The article describes a Colombian monk and hermit, Dario Escobar, now residing in a cave in the Qadisha Valley in Lebanon. The article is chiefly about the fledgling effort to create the Lebanon Mountain Trail and both preserve environmental features and promote tourism and a better image of the country. URL: