Writing Papers for Fun & Amusement (and battling personal demons)

March 9th, 2012

It’s been about a month since I presented my Harry Potter research at the 2012 Southwest/Texas Popular & American Culture Association’s conference. Per the growing trend in my life, I wrote the paper in order to address some personal questions. Some people make art installations; I write research papers. I’m learning to accept this about […]

What I Do in ABQ

February 19th, 2012

Last week, Ian and I reunited for our third trip to the Southwest/Texas Popular and American Culture Association Conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico. It’s a fascinating blend of faculty, doctoral/grad students, undergrads and random smart people, all getting together for four days of watching people present papers on anything and everything relating to Pop Culture […]

Drink More Books

October 26th, 2011

I recently did a guest post for my friend Erin Blakemore, to celebrate the one-year anniversary of her book The Heroine’s Bookshelf. Hermeneutically speaking, I love bringing a literary lens to my cocktails. Enjoy The Heroine’s Barshelf.

What Yankee Candle Means to Harry Potter: Additions

July 29th, 2011

Done with the first and second batch, but am happy to take requests and add them here. Here’s the Dursleys. Mr Vernon Dursely Strawberry Buttercream: Yum … an absolutely luscious treat of plump, sweet strawberries buried in rich whipped cream. Mrs Petunia Dursley Bahama Breeze: There’s cool summer refreshment in this tropical blend of pineapple, […]

What Yankee Candle Means to Harry Potter: 2

July 27th, 2011

Harry Potter Characters’ Favorite Yankee Candle Scents (continued) Mrs Molly Weasley Kitchen Spice: This modern blend of sweet orange, clove, ginger and cinnamon is a new take on pantry favorites. Mr Arthur Weasley: Orange Dreamsicle: A favorite childhood summer treat you never outgrow … a cool blend of orange and vanilla ice cream. Bill Weasley: […]

What Yankee Candle Means to Harry Potter

July 27th, 2011

Earlier tonight, a friendly tweet-mention turned into an unexpected project. Ideas churned so quickly that I basically didn’t stop until I had this list done. My method was simply to imagine which Yankee Candle specific characters from the Harry Potter series would be mostly likely to use. There was no purposefull attempt to have the […]

Enchantment. One gif at a Time.

June 9th, 2011

I’m Tumbling now.

“Worthy of What One Great Woman Should Have Written of Another”: Gaskell’s Life of Brontë

May 23rd, 2011

The Life of Charlotte Bronte by Elizabeth Gaskell My rating: 4 of 5 stars In my late teens, I read nearly every Charlotte Brontë biography in the cannon, except the most famous one: the one written by her friend, fellow author Elizabeth Gaskell. I skipped it for a few reasons. One, every contemporary biography essentially […]

Films of Finding Your Voice (without finding a dude)

May 3rd, 2011

Once again, a faculty member here at MHGS, soon to be renamed The Seattle School of Theology and Psychology, asked me to come up with a list of film recommendations for a class. For this list, the goal was finding films that show a young woman coming into her own voice/coming-of-age. Sounds easy at first […]

Sounds of Synestheisa: The Gentle Season

April 23rd, 2011

Spring is here more or less. At least enough for introspection to turn its eyes out to the garden and wait for the tulips to bloom and for love to grow. It’s the season for music of pastel blushes and soft blues tinged with green and yellow tips. While all my seasonal playlists have some […]