MANSFIELD PARK: A Return to Jane Austen

This book has been described as Jane Austen’s most politically-charged and therefore most controversial novel because she mentions the British slave trade and Fanny’s uncle does business in the West Indies. To me, however, it’s mostly just like Jane Austen’s other works – it is the story of a young lady becoming a woman. In…

My Current Travel Bucket List

This was indeed a dangerous post to write because now I want to go to every single one of these places right this very minute. But, alas, I don’t have the means. It’s a sad, sad story – one I have told too many times before. So this one goes into the “long-term goals” category.…

To Kill a Mockingbird, Revisited

I recently saw To Kill a Mockingbird at a local theater, a story that has stuck with me through many years, and will continue to stick with me for the rest of my life. My interest in the production peaked when I found out my director from high school would be playing Atticus. He is possibly my…

Why Starting a New Job Isn’t a Big Deal Anymore

I got a new job. But it’s not a big deal. I’ve had a lot of different jobs over the years. I’ve worked in a craft/party supplies store, in a costume shop, as a painter (of walls, not portraits), in various theaters, as a barista, as a restaurant host, and now in retail. Starting this…