February 14th, 2013

Without our touching there is no God. Without our relation there is no God. Without our crying, our raging, our yearning, there is no God. For in the beginning is the relation, and in the relation is the power that creates the world through us, and with us, and by us, you and I, you […]

‘Run to the Woods’: Songs for an Appalachian Dystopian Narrative

April 23rd, 2012

I tend to only use Pandora in situations where I can’t use iTunes, which then means I just try to recreate my finely honed playlists designed mostly for reading. So of course for re-reading The Hunger Games, I needed to create a portable station with which to read along. When I started plugging tracks from […]

Because the Odds are Not in Their Favor (Potential Hunger Games Spoilers Within)

April 19th, 2012

I’ve avoided writing about The Hunger Games on my blog because I’ve assigned the text for a class I’m teaching this summer, and didn’t want all my salient lecture points (or student paper topics) just sitting here willy nilly on my blog, but I’m breaking my rule because of an outstanding intertextual experience I had, […]

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 […]

“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 […]

My Bookshelves Are Organized By Color

May 2nd, 2011

Thus, when I receive an email like this from my roommate, “Do you have any of these? Plato’s The Symposium Saint Augustine’s Confessions Thomas Aquinas Summa Contra Gentiles: God Rene Descartes Meditations on First Philosophy Immanuel Kant Prolegomena to Any Future Metaphysics If so, can i borrow them? b” My response turns out like this, […]

There and Back Again: An Annual Journey

February 8th, 2011

For the third year in a row, I joined a faithful fellowship of travelers for a New Year’s Day Lord of the Rings Marathon. I love starting the year with this epic film journey. Sets a good precedent for the months to come. This year, two of our fellowship came equipped with swords. Yes, swords. […]

Enchantment: Living in Magical Reality

February 4th, 2011

en·chant –verb (used with object) 1. to subject to magical influence; 2. to delight or captivate utterly; fascinate; charm; 3. to impart a magic quality or effect to; “Enchantment produces a Secondary World into which both designer and spectator can enter, to the satisfaction of their sense while they are inside.” –J.R.R Tolkien, ‘On Fairy […]

A Blessing & A Prayer

December 9th, 2010

Today was the final day of BTI 501 Introduction to the Hermeneutical Task at MHGS where I had the honor and privilege of assisting Prof. Dwight Friesen these past four months. Here’s the benediction I offered the students at the end of their first term of graduate school. A Blessing A Prayer May you read […]

NaNoWriMo A-Go-Go

November 5th, 2010

It’s National Novel Writing Month, and I’ve decided to take the plunge. Though the goal for NaNoWriMo participants is 50,000 words by November 30th, I’m approaching more from a discipline goal than a word goal: writing one hour a day at least five days a week. I want to try on a non-academic writing discipline, […]