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New Harmony I N D I A N A “We are a river of time, and it keeps on flowing.” jane blaffer owen april 18, 1915–june 21, 2010 New Harmony I N D I A N A Like a River Not a Lake • A Memoir JANE BLAFFER OWEN afterwords by Anne Dale Owen and Jane Dale Owen edited by Nancy Mangum McCaslin Indiana University Press Bloomington & Indianapolis This book is a publication of Indiana University Press Office of Scholarly Publishing Herman B Wells Library 350 1320 East 10th Street Bloomington, Indiana 47405 USA Telephone 800-842-6796 Fax 812-855-7931© 2015 by The Jane Blaffer Owen Management Trust All rights reserved No part of this book may be reproduced or utilized in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying and recording, or by any information storage and retrieval system, without permission in writing from the publisher. The Association of American University Presses’ Resolution on Permissions constitutes the only exception to this prohibition. The paper used in this publication meets the minimum requirements of the American National Standard for Information Sciences—Permanence of Paper for Printed Library Materials, ANSI Z39.48–1992. Manufactured in China Cataloging information is available from the Library of Congress. ISBN 978-0-253-01624-9 (cloth) ISBN 978-0-253-01663-8 (e-book) 1 ​2 ​3 ​4 ​5 ​20 ​19 ​18 ​17 ​16 ​15 frontis: Jane Blaffer, Portrait 3, 1936. Vera Prasilova Scott took many photographs of the Blaffer family. Her originals are now archived in the Vera Prasilova Scott portraiture collection, MS 497, Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University, Houston, TX, © Rice University. Courtesy of Rice University. Blaffer-Owen family photograph. page iIi: Fish above the Lab © 1988 John Hubbard. Courtesy of John Hubbard. EndPAPERS: Area Map and Town Map © 2013 Kenneth A. Schuette. Dedicated to the townspeople of new harmony— past, present, and future. I will never leave this ­house of light, I will never leave this blessed town for ­here I have found my love and ­here I will stay for the rest of my life. If this world turns into a sea of trouble I will brave the waves and steer my mind’s ship to the safe shore of love. If you are a seeker looking for profit, go on and may God be with you, but I am not willing to exchange my truth, I have found the heart and will never leave this ­house of light. —Jalaludin Mohamad Rumi, Thirteenth-­century Sufi mystic, from Rumi Hidden Music. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers Ltd.© Azima Melita Kolin and Maryam Mafi, translators, (2001). ...


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