Heather Feldmeth Larson

This website is a gathering together of words I have written and drawn and spoken, and the topics represent many roles and many interests.

I am a Christian, and a member of Santa Margarita Community Church in California. I homeschool in a Charlotte Mason style, and I am part of the Sursum Corda homeschool community, where I developed the Latin program. I teach Latin, Literature, and Shakespeare there, and help out with Plutarch whenever I get the chance. On the side, I have taught high school writing and literature classes, and I am now developing a Latin class for adults.

What is my background? I have a Ph.D. in Celtic Languages and Literatures from Harvard University; I’m a medievalist and worked briefly in academia. My undergraduate degree was in Folklore and Mythology. I play the Celtic harp. I have led countless Bible studies and hosted many, many church small groups. I have been homeschooling since 2009, and reading great books to my children longer than that–I am a great reader-aloud!

What do I think about? I’ve always been fascinated by creativity, and the beginning of ideas that happens on the page as I write. I think about beauty, education, worship, scripture, orality, languages, language pedagogy, medieval manuscripts and scribes…and lots of other things.

What are “translucent” words?

If you don’t even notice the way a word is written, but only the concept it calls up, you might call it “transparent.” If you see the gorgeous calligraphy, but can’t actually read it and don’t know what it signifies, you might call that “opaque.” So I call words where form and function resonate together to make meaning “translucent.”
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