We Are Not Amused!

There is nothing more American than having a bit of a fondness for foreign historical monarchs. (Perhaps living in a Republic makes us more fascinated with them as a result? No? That’s just me? Okay, then!) One of my favorites is Queen Victoria. During her long and prosperous reign, England produced some of its finest... Continue Reading →

when stories mean something

Autumn has arrived and that means every day that passes brings us one step nearer to the first installment of Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows. In a way, I am almost dreading it, because waiting for the film permits me to love it just a little bit longer. Once the last two movies are... Continue Reading →

Confessions of a Literary Snob

I confess to being just a little bit of a literary snob. I have known this ever since one of my friends brought up the new “trend” in fiction—taking classics, altering them to include “monsters,” and mass marketing them. She made the grave error of confessing that she loved Pride & Prejudice & Zombies. A... Continue Reading →

Hiya, Red!

I don't know where my obsession with red hair came from. I suspect it started with Anne Shirley, who was my heroine as a kid. I loved those old movies (well, back then they were relatively new) with Meghan Follows. To this day, I do not know if my fondness for Anne is due to... Continue Reading →

Robin Hood, Champion of Freedom?

Not long ago, my brother came up to me and gleefully announced, “I’ve been doing research on Ancestry.com. Guess who our ancestor is!”“I don’t know, but whoever it is better be cool.”“Prince John!”I stared at him. “Prince John?”“Prince John.”“THE Prince John? Thumb-sucking Prince John? ‘I want my mama’ Prince John? The scummy Prince John that... Continue Reading →

July 21 Editorial: Sensible Women

I have always had a fondness for sensible, strong women, whether in books, films, or in real life. I grew up admiring such remarkable women as Mother Theresa, who set up an outreach to assist the sick and dying natives of Calcutta, to Amy Carmichael, a missionary best known for rescuing abandoned and orphaned children... Continue Reading →

The Symbolism of the Victorians

I am just a little bit picky when it comes to literature. There are many excellent books out there, written by authors in all stages of life about many different kinds of people. But when it comes right down to it, I love Victorian authors the most. Not because they are easy to read (they... Continue Reading →

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