Tommorrowland: How A Film About The Future Rockets Us Back To Where We Should Not Go

May 23rd, 2015

First, a bit on what I expected, followed by a whole lot on what I got. Beyond seeing the first teaser trailer probably a year ago, I avoided all “Tomorrowland: A World Byeond” content before seeing it tonight. I had very high hopes, and wanted to walk in with nothing but wonder. And for the […]

My Most Watched Films: 2007-2014

January 7th, 2015

In my years of tracking every film I watch throughout the year and noting each year’s most watched films, it occured to me that as my data pool grew, there could be some films only watched once a year that never make the annual lists but are in fact, among my most watched films overall. […]

Christmas Playlist Gifting #2

December 21st, 2014

Because Christmas Music is my favorite aspect of the Christmas season and because I am not gifted with the gift of loving gift giving (my love languages tend more towards time and words), I’ve enjoyed making this (and this) free downloadable Christmas playlist. I’ll make some more next year, as curating Christmas playlists is my […]

On Dropping the ‘Mrs’ From Gaskell

April 19th, 2014

Mary Barton by Elizabeth Gaskell My rating: 3 of 5 stars I’ve been meaning to get to ‘Mary Barton’ for some time, mainly, because when Charlotte Bronte read it, she made changes to ‘Shirley’, which she was in the midst of writing, so that it did not cover too much of the same territory. I […]

The Daisy Chain or Trial by Tractarian Fiction

April 8th, 2014

The Daisy Chain, Or, Aspirations: A Family Chronicle by Charlotte Mary Yonge My rating: 2 of 5 stars I only got half way through, but that was both as far as I could handle and as far as I needed. My two reasons for finally sitting down with a Charlotte Yonge text were 1) she’s […]

The Sadness of Reading an Old Book That Isn’t Old-Enough

September 11th, 2013

Womanspirit Rising: A Feminist Reader in Religion by Carol P. Christ My rating: 4 of 5 stars This text had been low on my Feminist Theology To-Reads simply because it was so often quoted since that I thought it might be redundant to read. But I kept feeling nudged to sit down with it on […]

Symposia Twin Peaka

March 16th, 2013

[No significant spoilers in this post. Everything shown or discussed was done before anyone knew who killed Laura Palmer.] Last fall a few of us postgrads living in Deans Court decided to watch David Lynch’s groundbreaking 90’s TV drama Twin Peaks. Only one of our cohort had seen it and that had been twenty years […]

For The Who-Curious or The Ashamed Un-Who’d: A Layperson’s Guide By A Layperson

October 4th, 2012

I received the following email last week from a friend who preferes to remain anonymous, as you shall see: “I am ashamed to say that I am fairly Dr Who illiterate… 🙁 Firstly, don’t tell anyone. Secondly, where do I begin? I know that there’ve been like, 11? Doctor incarnations… who are all the same […]

Almost Ready To Start

September 21st, 2012

I won’t really be starting work till next week, but I started moving into my research office tonight. The Roundel is the research base for Divinity Postgrads (St Mary’s is the Divinity school within the University of St Andrews). The building dates from the 1500’s, and is named for the tower that juts out onto […]

First St Andrews Pier Walk

September 16th, 2012

Today was the first University of St Andrews Pier Walk of the 2012-2013 year. The traditional pier walk follows service at St Salvator’s, the University Chapel. A few of us from Deans Court arrived plenty early to guarantee seats in the chapel. The grounds at St Salvators The organ loft Undergrads wear red robes (which […]