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A Quote Off My Shelf

"The literary critic's preoccupation with the how of biblical writing is not frivolous. It is evidence of an artistic delight in verbal beauty and craftsmanship, but it is also part of an attempt to understand what the Bible says. In a literary text it is impossible to separate what is said from how it is said, … Continue reading A Quote Off My Shelf

The Tethered World (the rare review of an author I know!)

It's not every day that I get to review a book by an author I personally know. It's not every book that I eagerly turn to the acknowledgements in first either. But when my first edition copy of The Tethered World by a certain, Heather L.L. Fitzgerald, arrived in the mail, I did both. "To … Continue reading The Tethered World (the rare review of an author I know!)

A Quote Off My Shelf

These are more and longer quotes than I typically post but they were too beautiful to abbreviate or reduce. A.S. Peterson's concluding sequel met and exceeded all of my expectations. The book will shatter your soul then gently, tenderly mend it together again.  The motif of music is strong throughout the book and captures best … Continue reading A Quote Off My Shelf

A Quote Off My Shelf

"...time has a way of leading a person along a crooked path. Sometimes the path is hard to hold to and people fall off along the way. They curse the road for its steep grades and muddy ruts and settle themselves in hinterlands of thorn and sorrow, never knowing or dreaming that the road meant … Continue reading A Quote Off My Shelf

Rereading a Childhood Favorite

It's both a wonderful and frightening thing to reread a book you loved as a child. It's been ten years since I read Anne of Green Gables. It was one of my most favorite books of all when I was entering my teens but I've put off rereading it because I was afraid I'd find … Continue reading Rereading a Childhood Favorite

A Quote Off My Shelf

"I am looking for friends. What does that mean -- tame?" "It is an act too often neglected," said the fox. "It means to establish ties."  "To establish ties?"  "Just that," said the fox. "To me, you are still nothing more than a little boy who is just like a hundred thousand other little boys. … Continue reading A Quote Off My Shelf

Speech & Literature Appreciation Class for Children

Last fall, I had the wonderful privilege of teaching a literature appreciation class to 7 students between the ages of 4 and 13. Over seven weeks they memorized the poem "Daybreak" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and become familiar with seven of Aesop's Fables. At the end of the course, I hosted a tea party for … Continue reading Speech & Literature Appreciation Class for Children

2015: A Year in Review (Music)

^^ that's about right! No surprise on 1-4, but #5 took me by surprise--what is Bow Pop, and how could it make my top 5 if I don't know what it is?! Google failed to turn up a definition. From what I can piece together based on Spotify's playlist entitled "Bow Pop," it appears the … Continue reading 2015: A Year in Review (Music)