The Symbolism of Notre Dame

I have to admit, the last few days haven’t been the greatest. But the crowning glory was Notre Dame engulfed in flames. It’s hard to explain why it caused me to burst into tears, but it did. Notre Dame is a symbol of France. It’s symbolic of the hundreds of people who have worked on... Continue Reading →

Dumbo: Choosing Heroism

This contains spoilers for Dumbo. I have seen mixed reviews for Dumbo, which saddens me, because in my opinion Tim Burton has done something extraordinary. He’s given an animal “autonomy,” which in a literary sense means “the right to self-govern” and control his own story. Dumbo is not just at the mercy of events in... Continue Reading →

The Spanish Princess: First Rant

I've had several of you ask me in private what I think about this upcoming miniseries, so I may as well chronicle my reaction in public: it includes loud screaming. I read this book (The Constant Princess) about 12 years ago and it made me angry. Normally, I don't sanction book burning, but I watched... Continue Reading →

What is this, self-discipline?

Skim-reading last night, my eye fell on a random sentence. When you commit yourself to doing something every day that self-enforced discipline spills over into other areas of your life. THAT IS SO TRUE. In an effort not to be a slob, I committed to making my bed every morning. I forced myself to make... Continue Reading →

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