Belles Lettres

“Only write to me, write to me, I love to see the hop and skip and sudden starts of your ink.” -A.S. Byatt Her made me cry. Full-on, nose-running cry. It’s a beautiful film, but deeply sad in the questions that it raises about communication, connection, and the challenge of being in a relationship in […]

Stop to Smell the Pine Trees

Here’s a not-so-secret confession: I love Christmas. Love, love, love it.  I love the schmaltzy decorations, I shamelessly listen to Christmas music all day long starting around December 1, and I get really excited for Christmas day with my family. I love thinking of ways to make people happy, I love seeing Christmas lights on […]

What’s Making Me Happy – December 13

What’s making me happy this week, in addition to the fact that we are now in full-on holiday mode and it is almost socially acceptable for me to be listening to Josh Groban Christmas songs at work, is the inspiration for the “What’s Making Me Happy” segment: NPR’s Pop Culture Happy Hour podcast. This week, […]

A Fantastic Homecoming

“We get to direct people; we get to give them waking dreams. We get to take them places, do magical things to their heads, and, with any luck, send them back to the day they came from slightly changed, and not the person that they were when we got our hands on them and said, […]

Learning the Hard Stuff the Hard Way

“We all have our best guides within us, if only we would listen.” –Jane Austen When people learn that you’re an English major, the first question they tend to ask is “Oh, so you want to be a teacher?” I know that this question is meant well, but it has always driven me crazy and […]

What’s Making Me Happy – November 21, 2013

So I was planning to do another kind of post today, but this is making me so happy that I can’t help but share it with all of you. “Girls Who Read,” Written and performed by Mark Grist Directed by Guy Larsen Produced by Or Something Similar  

“To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield”

“One would have no anxiety if there were no possibility whatsoever.” – Kierkegaard Confession time: My gateway to the English major was Dead Poets Society. I wanted to study music until I saw that film in high school health class, of all places. My college professors derided Robin Williams’ “seize the day” speeches as trite, […]

What’s Making Me Happy – November 15

One of my favorite podcasts, NPR’s Pop Culture Happy Hour, ends each episode with the four hosts sharing what cultural happening has made them happy that week. I love that idea, so I’m adopting it for my blog. I try to think of at least three things that make me happy every day, and periodically […]