A Retreat with Hopkins

This would be an important week for my favorite poet, Gerard Manley Hopkins. As a Jesuit priest, he would have been active in the liturgies celebrated during this time. The Hopkins scholar, Joseph Feeney, even refers to “the busy Fr Hopkins during Holy Week.” We’re going to spend this week with “the busy Fr Hopkins,” dwelling on … More A Retreat with Hopkins

Reading by a Dim Candle

The poor English teacher in the frosty garret, reading by a dim candle guttering in the wintry air, a letter simply good-natured–nothing more: though that good-nature then seemed to me god-like–was happier than most queens in palaces. – Villette That strange moment when you identify a little too much with Charlotte Brontë…  

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten–Well, Seven–Books on My Syllabus

This is an old Top Ten Tuesday suggested by The Broke and the Bookish that I didn’t have a chance to finish, but I think these books are important and wanted to share them with you.  This reading list is for a difference, power, and discrimination class centered around ambilcultural or bicultural novels. Its goal follows Chimamanda Adichie’s … More Top Ten Tuesday: Ten–Well, Seven–Books on My Syllabus

What Novels Teach Us

There is so much to recommend novel reading. Not only are novels perhaps the most delightful invention ever made, but they can improve our capacity for empathy and understanding of the minds and emotions of others. Reading can even be useful for managers who want to improve their ability to think ambiculturally. But even with … More What Novels Teach Us