New Year, New Ideas…

Hello, reader! Happy New Year to you! I feel compelled to admit that I barely made it until 10:00 PM. Slightly embarrassing, as my younger siblings both made it to and past midnight. But first, a small apology: I have not yet gotten the hang of WordPress, which means that once in a while, I…

Happy Birthday, Miss Austen!

This says it rather well, doesn't it? Dear reader, today, two hundred and forty-one years ago, a lovely woman by the name of Jane Austen was born. Without her, there would be no Emma, Persuasion, and--Heaven help us all--no Pride and Prejudice. In other words, we would not be "excessively diverted" every time we picked…

So That’s How Jane Felt…

Dear readers, I am ill. Hence the title of this post. Fever, headache, runny nose, and sore throat. In other words, I have a cold, which has settled squarely in my throat. I don’t know what I did to bring it on—my mother hasn’t sent me riding in a rainstorm, so we can rule that…

Family Shopping List

Suppose that the Bennet household had a communal shopping list tacked up on a wall somewhere. Very un-Jane Austen, I know, but it helps get my point across. Suppose that various family members wrote down what they wanted purchased, allowing us a glimpse into their lives. This is unfortunately a file, because WordPress' selection of fonts is…

A Matter of Politics

No, don't look at me that way! I shan't be foisting my political persuasions upon you, dear reader. But with America's election day exactly two weeks--otherwise known as a fortnight--away, I thought we could do a little compare/contrast, followed by a short Q&A about politics then...and politics now. Topic 1: Form of Government. Britain had…

Today in Pride and Prejudice-Welcoming Bingley

It's been about three weeks since my last post, probably meaning that Mr. Bennet's call on Mr. Bingley has come and gone. I've always wondered what this would have looked like; after all, Mr. Bennet is a bit of a recluse--one might wonder why Mrs. Bennet married him. Bingley is cheerful, outgoing, and "constitutionally unable to…