Monthly Archives: November 2014

The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents

“He’d never meant to be amazing. It had just happened. He’d realized that something was odd that day, just after lunch, when he’d looked into a reflection in a puddle and thought, that’s me. He’d never been aware of himself … Continue reading

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There is a Balm in Gilead

A gentle, kindly old man. Not much happens in this book, Gilead by Marilynne Robinson- most of it “happened” years before, -but what is narrated is the really important stuff of life- kindness, relationships, forgiving, understanding. For most of us … Continue reading

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“The Pity War Distilled”

Euripides’ Trojan Women was written the year after Athens sacked and andropodised Melos. (That means killing all the men and enslaving all the women and children.) Conquering armies do not usually write plays from the point of view of the … Continue reading

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Mighty Women

Our littlest granddaughter, to whom we have to say goodbye for  a while tomorrow, is interested in space and astronauts- local museums have her worried about “free-falling” astronauts tumbling on her head, and trying out a seat on a space … Continue reading

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This one really did fly over the cuckoo’s nest.

This morning I read a daily FB post by the Zinn Education Project, about events occurring on each day. Today’s was the beginning of Nellie Bly’s trip around the world, emulating Verne’s novel  Around the World in Eighty Days. I … Continue reading

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Why Priests?

My husband, himself a Protestant minister, has remarked that Roman Catholic sisters, because of the way they tend to see their roles in the Christian community and in the wider community, often have more in common with protestant ministers than … Continue reading

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More Jane Austen

The Stanhopes, a novel within a novel in The Missing Manuscript of Jane Austen, by Syrie James, reads more like a real Jane Austen novel than any of the other Janeite attempts I have read. It’s almost like finding another real … Continue reading

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