I’m a Sucker for Victorian Novels: The Tenant of Wildfell Hall

The Tenant of Wildfell Hall (1848) is one of my new favorite books.  It is my first taste of Anne Brontë, and I have to say that I am hooked.  In the past year, I have read for the first time Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë and this novel, when before I had only ever read... Continue Reading →

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Two Children’s Books that Promote Diversity and Compassion

We live in a mostly white, suburban neighborhood.  Most everybody is Christian.  There isn’t a lot of diversity or chances to teach my daughter from experience about other cultures and religions.  So, when I can do so through books, I always jump on that chance.  I want her to read as widely and broadly as... Continue Reading →

Who Read My Library Book?

Do you ever wonder who made the big brown spill on page 238 of the library book you are reading?  Do you ever think about the person whose hands sweated on the plastic-covered dust jacket that you’re holding?  Obviously, I do. With each page turn, I speculate about the person who read the book before... Continue Reading →

The Best Chili Ever

A while back, I posted a recipe.  Well, it’s time for another one.  This is one of the standards at our house, and I got it from my brilliant friend Toni.  I often use this recipe to entertain.  It is so delicious and easy to make. Four-Star Texas Chili  (Why not five stars?) 1 pound... Continue Reading →

Human Connection in George Orwell’s 1984

I read George Orwell’s 1984 (1949), number 8 on the BBC book list, last summer for the first time.  This surprised a student of mine, one of the only students I have encountered over the years who was actually majoring in English.  I teach English 1010, Introduction to College Writing, and my students usually consist... Continue Reading →

Nobody Likes a Know-It-All

The Today Show recently fired Ann Curry from the top female anchor position.  Ever since she got the coveted job, she had been affected and stiff.  Her wardrobe had gone from normal to strange, but that is not a reason to fire somebody, and I contend that she is not the problem with the Today... Continue Reading →

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