A naked theologian

by Anna Blanch on January 11, 2012

I’m a lateral thinker inclined to make connections between seemingly unrelated things. In writing about 19th century women poets lately I’ve been thinking about the challenges of their domestic lives in the midst of their creative pursuits. I was also challenged by Joy’s recent post reflecting on Billy Coffey’s thoughts on ‘naked writing.’ It got […]


Inspiring Artists: Vivian Maier

by Anna Blanch on March 5, 2011

Discovering the incredible story of (recently unearthed) unknown Chicago street photographer Vivian Maier has got me thinking about the extraordinary power of historical images. If you haven’t heard about Vivian, take a look at this video or this Guardian feature. 

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Could I be a Marilyn and a Jackie?

by Anna Blanch on March 3, 2011

“I’m selfish, impatient and a little insecure.  I make mistakes, I am out of control and at times hard to handle.  But if you can’t handle me at my worst, then you sure as heck don’t deserve me at my best.”  — Marilyn Monroe


Are you a life-ready Woman?

by Anna Blanch on February 28, 2011

I have to admit I approached Shaunti Feldhahn’s Life-Ready Woman: Thriving in a do-it-all world with the cynicism only a professional woman, who’s read more of the “how can you be a godly Christian woman” in today’s world books than she cares to admit, can. I’d pretty much given up reading those kinds of books […]


some words from Mrs Hannah More on politics and religion

by Anna Blanch on February 26, 2011

6On the whole, we need not hesitate to assert, that in the long course of events, nothing, that is morally wrong, can be politically right. Nothing, that is inequitable, can be finally successful. Nothing, that is contrary to religion, can be ultimately favourable to civil polity. Hannah More—- From Hints towards forming the character of […]


I’ve been reading quite a few academic tit for tats. Book reviews with prompt responses which in turn prompt a response to the response by the original reviewer. In the least they are petty, sometimes robust and healthy discussions, and in the worst vitriolic and all too personal attacks. However, I’ve come to see the […]


Living Life

by Anna Blanch on February 24, 2011

“Life is to be lived. If you have to support yourself, you had bloody well better find some way that is going to be interesting. And you don’t do that by sitting around.” — Katharine Hepburn

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Two Women: Grandmotherly love

by Anna Blanch on February 20, 2011

I was reading this poem by E.Nesbit today and it tugged at something deep within me. It is from her 1886 collection Lays and Legends. TO TWO WOMEN.YOU who bore the pain and careOnly women have to bear,You who staked your life to winLife for me, to love you in,You who loved me all these […]


After the night comes the morn: Things to be thankful for

November 11, 2010

 In some ways this post may seem somewhat superficial. I’ve been thinking about those things i’m thankful for. I like approaching November and December as an opportunity for thanksgiving, being grateful, and turning my mind to preparations for Christmas. I bought my first Christmas present of the year yesterday, but more about preparing my heart, […]

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Thesis Writing November!

November 1, 2010

So, this month there won’t be significant amounts of new material on goannatree. For a few reasons: * I’m working on the final stage of the new website design! The initial testing was really positive and i’m excited to be able to share the next iteration of Goannatree with you soon. * I’m doing my […]

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