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 […]
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.
“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
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 […]
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 […]
“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
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 […]