A Return to the Past: Domesticity, Homesteads, and Crafts

I’ve become a little obsessed with ordering books online, especially if I can trade them for books that I own but am willing to part with.  I love having my own copy of a book so I can underline and make notes in it, because almost everything I read now informs my dissertation research. One... Continue Reading →

Examining the Rhetoric of Pregnancy

While researching for my dissertation proposal, I came across an academic study called The Rhetoric of Pregnancy (2014) by Marika Seigel. I read it eagerly, for information about women’s experiences with pregnancy and work and as a representative sample of a dissertation turned book.  From what I gathered, this project was Seigel’s dissertation in my... Continue Reading →

Why I’m Not a Mom Blogger

In July, I explained why I’m not a craft blogger. Today I’ll explain why I’m not a mom blogger. Yet technically I am one, because according to Mashable, a mom blogger is any woman with kids at home who has read or contributed to a blog in the last 30 days. However, I don’t consider... Continue Reading →

My Side of Suicide

I can’t help but think that any one of us could have been in Robin Williams’s place, yet we are here and he is gone.  His suicide has left us weepy, reeling, and grief-stricken.  His suicide has made a statement, one of the need to better address and treat those with depression.  While he cannot... Continue Reading →

Why Women Read

The subtitle of this post is “In the Nineteenth Century.” During that time, there were, apparently, many types of readers and stereotypes about women who read. Today, I'll share eight of those types of female readers with you from Patricia Okker’s book Our Sister Editors: Sarah J. Hale and the Tradition of Nineteenth-Century American Women... Continue Reading →

Why I’m Not a Craft Blogger

I tried to make my daughter curtains.  Out of a tablecloth.  That sounds simple enough, and I know how to sew, thanks to 4-H, but they turned out horribly. And it wasn’t exactly my fault. I sewed straight lines.  I measured correctly.  I even matched the thread. I did not, however, choose the right material... Continue Reading →

Women at Work: Leaning In

Much of my research centers on women in the workplace, whether that be the home or a traditional office, and I look at women historically and in the current workplace.  So when Sheryl Sandberg’s book Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead (2013) was released last year, I was intrigued.  I got my... Continue Reading →

Grief and Comfort

One of my favorite books, that happens to be about grief, is The Year of Magical Thinking (2005) by Joan Didion.  I found this book at the thrift store, and when I finally took it off my shelf in the basement to move it upstairs to my nightstand, I ended up cracking it open just... Continue Reading →

Free Books

A few weeks ago, I walked into the copy/mail room of the English department at my university and saw a box full of books advertised as "free."  Of course, I couldn't resist pawing through them, and even though my backpack was plenty full of textbooks, I ended up hauling seven of them home.  Here they... Continue Reading →

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