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Mistakes and Misinterpretation, a Re-evaluation of Jane Austen

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Dear Henry,

I have noticed that it is easy to decide you know someone, just because you have read their works.

For example, I had always considered Jane Austen to have been someone who had lead a secluded and sheltered life.

That view was challenged by a recent article in the Washington Post.

Oddly the article didn't reveal any new secrets about her life. It did cast the facts in a different light.

For example, her father supplemented his income by running a small boarding school for boys in their home.  I knew that, of course, but, it never occurred to me, until the Post pointed it out, that this situation alone would have ensured that Jane Austen was far from the sheltered homebody she has been portrayed.

Another example of her worldliness would have been acquired while living at Bath England.  The resort town of Bath was, during her lifetime, quite a fashionable and popular place to live. There would have been a thriving social scene.

Jane Austen knew what the world offered an…

A Book to Read and Love: Shakespeare Saved My Life - Laura Bates

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A short summary of Shakespeare Saved My Life: Dr. Laura Bates teaches Shakespeare in the SHU.

Questions to ponder while reading Shakespeare Saved My Life: Has the Bard ever spoken to you?
Should prisoners with life sentences be educated?
My thoughts about Shakespeare Saved My Life: An insightful read into the power of Shakespeare.
I wish I could have read Larry Newton's book.
I am inspired to re-read the Shakespeare that I have * (and finish reading his Collected Works)
*The Shakespeare I have read:
Measure For Measure Hamlet All's Well That Ends Well Love's Labour Lost Julius Caesar Macbeth Antony and Cleopatra As You Like It Comedy of Errors

All My Flowers: My Fuschia is so Bright, I Gotta Wear Shades.

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Dear Henry,

The other day, while wandering through the garden center at Lowes, I discovered the most ornate and delightsome flowering plants and discovered that they were called fuschia.

I always thought fuschia was the hot pink of the 1980s.

Anyway, I fell in love and immediately wanted one (or two) but the plant was marked as an annual and I am still working on establishing the bones of my garden with perennial plants.  So I didn't buy them that day. I regretted the decision immediately.

I begin to look into the plant and discovered that fuschia isn't an annual plant at all, but rather a tropical shrub and one that can be overwintered.

Fuschia was discovered by the French monk and botanist Charles Plumier on the island of Hispaniola (Haiti and the Dominican Republic) around 1696/1697.  Charles Plumier named the plant after Leonhart Fuchs, the German botanist who wrote De Historia Stirpium Commentarii Insignis (Notable Commentary on the History of Plants), which was a book p…

A Book to Read and Love: The Battle of Hillsboro - Jesse S. Smith

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A short summary of The Battle of Hillsboro: "Hey, what do you want to do tonight?"
"I dunno man, take over the world or something."

Questions to ponder while reading The Battle of Hillsboro: Quoting F. Scott Fitzgerald - What does one do with oneself when one has nothing to do?
Is a bloodless revolution possible?
My thoughts about The Battle of Hillsboro: A fun, fast read.
A collection of vibes from The Outsiders, The Beautiful and the Damned, and Fight Club.
*Indie Author Discovery*

A Book to Read and Love: The Fifth Knight - E.M. Powell

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A short summary of The Fifth Knight: The conspiracy of Thomas Becket's murder and the aftermath with the Abbess.

Questions to ponder while reading The Fifth Knight: How much do you know of Henry II?
Is assassination ever appropriate?
Thoughts about The Fifth Knight: A fun, historical read.
Fast-paced and full of action.
Not *entirely* accurate.


A Book to Read and Love: The Firebrand - Marion Zimmer Bradley

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A short summary of The Firebrand: Troy - from Kassandra's sight.

Questions to ponder while reading The Firebrand: Can a different point of view change the truth?
Do you like snakes?
My thoughts about The Firebrand: A different perspective on a classic tale.
*Moral* Don't take things that aren't yours.
Feminism and goddess worship is a strong theme.


A Book to Read and Love: A Morbid Taste for Bones - Ellis Peters

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A short summary of A Morbid Taste for Bones: Brother Cadfael and the mystery of the murderous saint.

Questions to ponder while reading A Morbid Taste for Bones: How far would you go to possess something holy?
Why are we so suspicious of strangers?
My thoughts about A Morbid Taste for Bones: I think it is a good way to start off a series.
I love this period of history.
I look forward to reading book two.