Walter Hesford

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Walter Hesford, born and educated in New England, gradually made his way West. For many years he was a professor of English at the University of Idaho, save for stints teaching in China and France. At Idaho, he taught American Literature, World Literature and the Bible as Literature. He currently coordinates an interfaith discussion group and is a member of the Latah County Human Rights Task Force and Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Moscow. He and his wife Elinor enjoy visiting with family and friends and hunting for wild flowers.

Berry Picking Lessons

I grew up picking blueberries in the Blue Hills south of Boston.  In early July I’d rise at dawn, climb Old Baldy, and fill half a small bucket with the low-bush powder-blue bluets that flourished there amid the slabs of granite, sweet-fern, and shrub oak. Enough for breakfast, unless I spilled the bluets sliding down the shale.

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