An inside perspective on poverty

A friend posted this article on facebook today, entitled “This is Why Poor People’s Bad Decisions Make Perfect Sense.” It is a painfully honest account of what life is like for those barely scraping by. The author stares prejudice in the face and dares it to give a truer account. I am an extremely privileged…

My favorite blog Monday – 101 Books

101 Books: Reading my way through Time Magazine’s 100 Greatest Novels since 1923 (Plus Ulysses) is a fantastic blog. It is written by a man who decided one day to read through this monstrous list of excellent novels and write about it. He posts reviews of each book, he highlights his favorite characters and passages…

Something Sensible Sunday – Travel

Yesterday I traveled from Nashville, TN to Madison, WI. It took 11 hours, 2 planes, 1 train, and 4 automobiles and a lot more money and patience. This is a miraculous feat of human technology and infrastructure. It used to take people weeks or months to travel that distance, and here I am making the…

Serious problem with Jane Eyre

JANE EYRE SPOILER ALERT   So I’m listening to Jane Eyre on audiobook right?   I just got to the part where their wedding was interrupted because it turns out that Mr. Rochester is already married, and everyone’s in a huff that he was already married, so they go look upon his wife and he’s…

What I’m Reading Wednesday

Happy Wednesday! I’m still trucking along in my Jane Eyre audiobook. Our hero and heroine are now betrothed and I’m not sure what else is supposed to happen in this very long book. We shall see. I am also still loving Bel Canto, by Ann Patchett. I love the interplay of the different languages and…