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Monthly Archives: February 2010

Agafia Lykova’s gifts

An article titled “From Taiga to Kremlin: a Hermit’s Gifts for Medvedev” describes now-famous Russian hermit Agafia Lykova’s presentation of gifts to Russian President Dmitry Medvedev. Because these new items tend to disappear, here is the text in full: A famous Russian hermit, who lives in an isolated settlement in a Siberian nature reserve, has […]

“Old Shep,” NY hermit

“Old Shep” was a hermit residing near Buffalo, New York, in the early 20th century. His story resurrects from recent police recovery of a gun Shep possessed, attributed to his days as an associate of Western outlaw Jesse James. William Shepard is somewhat of a legend in West Seneca history. “Old Shep,” as he was […]

“The Joys of solitude”

Phil Daoust writes the article “The Joys of Solitude” for the Guardian, recounting his own experience of solitude on the Scottish isle of Skye, and reflections of others on the experience of solitude: Anneli Rufus, Sara Maitland, Richard Byrd, and Bob Kull. URL: