Twelve Parenting Tips from Reviving Ophelia

At the end of one of my English 1010 classes, a student wrote a magnificent paper.  I don’t remember the exact theme or her argument, but I do remember that she had used Mary Pipher’s Reviving Ophelia: Saving the Selves of Adolescent Girls (1994) as a source.  Now, this student was no ordinary student.  She... Continue Reading →

A Few Updates and My Favorite Posts

Hi everyone!  This is a quick note to make you aware of some additions and updates to my blog.  I have received a lot of new followers in the last few months thanks to Freshly Pressed, so I want to highlight a few of my favorite posts and make you aware of some new features.... Continue Reading →

The Best Quotes from Middlemarch

This is the third and final installment of my thoughts for Middlemarch Week.  If you missed post one, A Preview of Middlemarch, click here.  If you missed post two, George Eliot on Marriage, Human Nature, Money, Politics, Religion, Feminism, and Gossip in Middlemarch, click here.  If you’re sick of Middlemarch (1874), which is number 20... Continue Reading →

How to (Properly) Compose an Email

Warning:  I wrote this in anger.  I had just received an email from a girl twelve years my junior who demanded things I could not give her and did not have any manners. Second Warning: I wrote this after reading The Narcissism Epidemic: Living in the Age of Entitlement by Jean M. Twenge and W.... Continue Reading →

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