Teaching Shakespeare, or What I learn from Slings and Arrows

There is a wonderful Canadian television show that I was introduced to a few years ago in my Shakespeare class.  The teacher showed us a little clip of the theme song of Slings and Arrows. It's a great show about a Shakespearean Festival producing plays, but more than that, it actually teaches a lot about … Continue reading Teaching Shakespeare, or What I learn from Slings and Arrows

I want my country back!, or How I feel about politics now

I saw a bumper sticker the other day, on an American flag background it said "I want my Country back!"   The first thing I thought when I read this was : From whom?  Has there been some coup while I was not looking?  Are we at war and I didn't know it? All joking aside, … Continue reading I want my country back!, or How I feel about politics now

Writing Wednesday, My NaNoWriMo update

Here we are, less than a week until November and NaNoWriMo!  I have done some good brainstorming for my novel, gathered some good ideas, some characters, settings, plot devices, etc.  I'm generally feeling pretty excited.  I think I can do this! I also just checked out a book from the library, No Plot, No Problem, … Continue reading Writing Wednesday, My NaNoWriMo update

The Right to Vote, or What does it mean to be a Citizen?

A friend of mine sent me this link to an interesting article, Cities Weigh Letting Noncitizens Vote.  This is an interesting subject.  Some states are considering allowing noncitizens to vote in local elections.  My first reaction to this is Why?  If these people want the right to vote, then there is a perfectly good process … Continue reading The Right to Vote, or What does it mean to be a Citizen?

German and the Gospel

    It's another Mormon Monday, and this time I want to talk a bit about German.  I have studied German for a long time, and I have studied the Gospel for even longer.   I have long wondered what German can teach me about the Gospel.  It's not like the Gospel is different in … Continue reading German and the Gospel

Tech Support, or What I have learned in the last three years

    In November I have worked tech support for a large global organization for three years.  That's not bad.  It's been a lot of fun, I have really enjoyed it.  But I have learned a lot as well.  Mostly, I have learned that people are dumb when they talk to tech support. I caveat that with … Continue reading Tech Support, or What I have learned in the last three years

Companions, or Why I love Doctor Who

I was introduced to the British television show Doctor Who by some friends a few years ago.  I fell in love with the new incarnation of the show, and though I have tried to get into the older episodes, I just don't find them as good or as entertaining as the newer episodes.  What I … Continue reading Companions, or Why I love Doctor Who

The Author is Dead! or, My thoughts on Literary Criticism

In a German literature class I had last year, the professor had a favorite phrase, "The author is dead!", and by that she meant that readers cannot speak to what the author 'meant', or what the author 'wanted' to say.  We cannot say we know what the author was thinking, all we can do is … Continue reading The Author is Dead! or, My thoughts on Literary Criticism

A Voice out of the Dust, or What we learn from Isaiah

I believe it is from Isaiah that we get the phrase, "like a voice of one crying from the dust", and I think that is as an appropriate description of Isaiah as anything.   If the books of the Bible were printed individually and sitting on a shelf, Isaiah would be the dusty one, barely touched, … Continue reading A Voice out of the Dust, or What we learn from Isaiah

I survived my first scholarly experience!

Yesterday, I had the opportunity of presenting at the Literature and the Sacred Conference at BYU.  I talked about the LDS Plan of Salvation as the Archetype of the Monomyth.  It was a great experience, but, of course, I could have done some things better.   At first I was very nervous, having never presented like … Continue reading I survived my first scholarly experience!