Archive / November, 2013

Listen For the Lion

Book five in the Chronicles of Narnia is titled The Horse and His Boy. This volume presents the reader with a vastly different adventure from the previous four books. Action takes place only in the Narnian world, no coming or going back to England. The Pevensies (having appeared in the four previous books) play a minor role […]

Few Return to Sunlit Lands

As The Voyage of the Dawn Treader concludes (see previous post), Lucy, Edmund and Eustace catch a view of a range of mountains so high, they recognize immediately they’re seeing into “Aslan’s country.” When the fourth volume of the Chronicles of Narnia begins, Aslan has summoned Eustace Clarence Scrubb and his schoolmate, Jill Pole, back […]

Looking Along the Sunbeams

An adventure! Such a romp of the first order! C. S. Lewis’s third book in the Chronicles of Narnia series, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, ushers readers into an exciting (and sometimes perilous) sea voyage. Pevensie siblings Peter and Susan aren’t present in this volume, having been told in Prince Caspian they will not return to Narnia. Lucy […]

Horn of Narnia

On the opening page of Prince Caspian, we learn the four Pevensie children have returned to their routine lives in our world. Though The Return to Narnia is a children’s story, I’ve always thought a composer’s musical track might have interspersed strands of ominous, suspenseful music amid a light childlike melody to foreshadow the doom Narnia has undergone as these […]

Not a Tame Lion . . . But He’s Good

Next Friday, November 22, 2013, will mark 50 years since C. S. Lewis died. As a way to commemorate his life, my posts of the next seven days will address one of the seven volumes comprising the Chronicles of Narnia. (This won’t simply be a summary of the books; if you haven’t already read them, please read them […]

Logodaedaly

My husband has always loved puns and has honed his punster technique throughout our marriage. In case I’ve haven’t already made it clear, I’m also fascinated by words, their etymology, their meaning, the ways in which they complement each other, the whole mix, match and meld of words. As a couple, it’s apt to describe us […]

Through the Reading Glass III

Adventures! Yes, by my mid-teens (as I mention in my previous post), I was eager to experience real adventure … and not just as part of my reading life! After both my sophomore and junior years of high school, I had opportunity to spend the summer months in Winona Lake, Indiana. Working in food service […]

Through the Reading Glass II

Considering the books I mentioned in yesterday’s post, there’s ample evidence to support my overall approach to children’s literature … and perhaps by extension, my selections offer a reasonable predictor for my adult reading and writing habits. Having cut my teeth (so to speak) on fables and fairy tales, my imagination flourished, enjoying this steady […]

Through the Reading Glass I

Several months ago, I happened upon an online conversation about books one reads in childhood and the subsequent impact those books made on the adult. (Sorry, I’ve been unable to locate the web-link; I’ve tried!) For me, that online discussion spurred my own reflection, trying to recall which books I’d read and weighing how each […]

A Tale of Two Lives

The Daily Mail headline was beyond disturbing! Transsexual, 44, elects to die by euthanasia after botched sex-change operation turned him into a ‘monster’ This story appeared on the Daily Mail website back in the first part of October. When I first read it, I was shocked and saddened. (The MailOnline story also provided details about Belgian […]

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