Monthly Archives: November 2009

Princess Mononoke and Ideas About Change

If you have ever seen the movie Princess Mononoke, you’ve been among the lucky. It is compelling anime by Hiyao Mizaki. Last night I was watching it with my son. There is a scene when the young prince Ashitaka has … Continue reading

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7-21: Critical Years?

I’m two chapters into the A. Lincoln book. It’s interesting, but one of those slow starters. My hope is that every couple of chapters I glean something worthy of the theme. Today’s is the interesting claim by White that Lincoln’s … Continue reading

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Say Goodbye to Isabel!

I finished Portrait of a Lady – Thank goodness.  All I can say is that it is the perfect transition to this year’s new theme: How can “idea(s) spark change?” Clearly Isabel Archer, or rather Mrs. Goodwin – for that … Continue reading

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Who Knew – There’s a Film

I’m sooooooooo ready to be done with Henry James’ Portrait of a Lady. Isabel has been a delightful character to get to know, but now that the deception around her is unraveling, it’s difficult to watch her life unfold. I … Continue reading

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Madame Merle – Meh!

The duplicity of ever proper Mme Merle is just about more than I can take – My goodness…can’t imagine how this book is going to end!

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Was Isabel Archer a Third Culture Kid?

I don’t know how many of you have heard of Third Culture Kids (TCKs). It’s has its own complicated literature base, with Dr. Janet Bennett leading the charge. There is a pretty good blog about TCKs (click here). Last night I … Continue reading

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Isabel Archer and Self Awareness

I’ve moved on from the McCullough speech and returned to Henry James’ Portrait of a Lady. I’ve got to admit, this was a really hard book to read – but now after hundreds of pages, I’ve grown rather fond of … Continue reading

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