Sage Cabin

Welcome to Sage Cabin . . . a site where we document our personal exploration of art and imagination. We hope you find something to nourish, renew, and inspire. May the reader flourish!

“The world must be romanticized. In this way one will again discover the origin-meaning.”

— Novalis


The Birth of Novalis

This book offers, for the very first time, a reliable and lucid translation into English of the most important primary sources pertaining to the biography of the German Romantic poet-philosopher Novalis.


Tracker-poet Mingo Aihouauk has a problem. Sister Hettie Starkey, shaman and devoted housewife from Tonawanda, New York, has summoned him to Niagara where an unsolved murder’s got Hettie’s husband, New York State Park Ranger Raymond Starkey (soon to retire!), thoroughly skunked… 

The Fairies

“I was terrified!” said the old ferryman. “But the awful uproar did not allow me to sleep. I crept to the window and peered out toward the river. Tremendous clouds scudded angrily across the heavens, and the distant trees thrashed about. It felt as though my tiny house would quake and shake to pieces. Suddenly I saw a stream of white light that became stronger and stronger—until it became as bright as a thousand falling stars . . . “


The Singing of Colors

Marion Donehower

Faucibus the Fish

Marion Donehower

Taking Steps

Marion Donehower


Marion Donehower

Performance videos

“La Belle Dame Sans Merci” by John Keats / Read by Margit Ilgen to original music by Bruce Donehower

The poem “La Belle Dame Sans Merci” by John Keats. Speech artist: Margit Ilgen. Music composed and played by Bruce Donehower. A project inspired by the Section for Literary Arts and Humanities local group in Fair Oaks, CA. Summer 2020. Video and recording production by Bruce Donehower.

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“Sonnets to Orpheus” by R. M. Rilke / Part 1, Sonnet 15 / “Dance the Orange”

Music composed & played by Bruce Donehower. Speech Artist: Marion Donehower. The “Rilke Project” is an initiative arising from meetings of the local Fair Oaks group of friends and members of the Section for Literary Arts & Humanities.

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“A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens / Abridged and performed by Bruce Donehower, with seasonal music

An artistic offering performed on New Year’s Eve, 2020. Storyteller: Bruce Donehower. Music performed by Bruce Donehower. Public Domain Illustrations by John Leech and Arthur Rackham. Musical arrangements of “Silent Night” and “In the Bleak Midwinter” by Bruce Donehower. Video Production: Bruce Donehower.

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“Hyacinth and Rosebud” by Novalis / A fairy tale from The Apprentices at Sais

The fairy tale “Hyacinth and Rosebud” by Novalis.

A project inspired by the Section for Literary Arts and Humanities local group in Fair Oaks, CA. Speech Artists: Margit Ilgen & Marion Donehower. Music Composed and Performed by Bruce Donehower. Recording and Video Production by Bruce Donehower.

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Classical Guitar Videos

Nocturne by Reginald Smith Brindle

Nocturne Op 9, No 2 by Frédéric Chopin

Op 29, No 18 by Fernando Sor

Sarabande from Cello Suite No 1 by J S Bach