Hi! I’ve been rather busy lately – trying to be more consistent with things like exercise and teaching kids, in addition to having company over Thanksgiving and trying to winterize the house and yard!

As far as my more scholarly pursuits, I finally finished Allegory of Love – whew! Not an easy read, especially when I have no familiarity with most of the works Lewis discusses. I would like to read a few of them, eventually! Other than that I’m reading the letters – much more fun, though thought provoking. I love the way he talks about the outdoors and doing farm work – digging worms for chickens and splitting wood, for instance. I’m also reading the occasional essay, but feel like I need a bigger chunk of time to digest those.  I’d get a lot farther if the reading was easy enough to do via audiobook! I’m listening to Lorna Doone read by Jonathan Keeble. Masterful! I got a beautiful old hardback of the book and would really rather be reading it that way, but this is a close second. He captures the bits of poetry and the straight-faced humor so well!

Getting back to Lewis . . . most of my time has been spent polishing my article – tracking down quotes I half-remember and didn’t mark because I was more interested in the feminine side of things and didn’t mark much on masculinity, for example. I re-read a not-easy-to-follow chapter in one book only to find that what I really wanted was the focus of the next chapter. Silly me.

But I’ve finally sent it off to a couple of people to read it for me, and I have one more person willing to take a look next month. Today I sat down and drafted an outline for a book, since I’ve found that if I focus too much on general reading rather than writing about what actually interests me I tend to lose interest pretty quickly.

I’ve also half-written a couple of posts that I just wasn’t satisfied with, but I’m hoping to take a look at those over the next week or so – thinking about reading as conversation, why I love Agatha Christie, and how some tv shows are exhibiting the kind of time prejudice Lewis spoke against – as in, assuming that the values of our time are naturally better than those of other times and places.

Toodles and Happy Holidays!

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