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Bilbo Baggins and the Beatitudes

September 22 is Bilbo and Frodo's birthday! Happy birthday, my dear hobbits!

To celebrate, I'm posting an essay I wrote earlier this year. It placed third in the Third Annual Tolkien/Lewis Celebration essay contest, hosted by Aquinas College in spring 2017.  Here it is!

Bilbo Baggins and the Beatitudes
C. S. Lewis is quoted as saying, "No story is really worth reading at the age of ten which is not equally—and often far more—worth reading at the age of fifty and beyond." Our modern world would do well to remember this quote. Glancing into the juvenile section of the library or  flipping through the kids' channels on television will reveal a plethora of entertainment which an adult could never consider truly entertaining. It would be a mistake to think that this is an entirely modern issue—there have been bad children's stories throughout history; our idea of "old-fashioned books" usually translates to "the classics," books that have survived…

Five Historical Heroines

Dear oh dear dear me! No sooner do I announce that I am officially back from hiatus and plan to post weekly than I disappear for half a month. Goodness, am I undedicated.

Or simply very busy. Busy, you ask? What have I been doing with my life if I am neither blogging nor attending college, you ask? Quite simple, my dear Watson: I have been working in the deli. An occupation which has taken up so much of my life that I am seriously considering doing a post on it sometime.

But I ramble. Today I have brushed up a post I meant to publish months ago. Here it is for your enjoyment. (Or, perchance, penance.)

Back in February, I did a post on five of my historical heroes. And I thought it'd be fun to do another one, this time on historical heroines. Because it isn't just the dashing young military men that I'm quite taken with. :)

Some of these are so well-known they're cliché, but several are pretty obscure. At least one of them I've admired all my life, and others are mo…

August's Books (and I'm Officially Back!)

Hello, everyone! Can you believe it's September already? And since it's September, I've decided to officially end summer hiatus and make an effort to post regularly. Hopefully once a week, although I've been so busy lately that might not work out.

I hope you all had a wonderful summer! Mine was full of unexpected twists, notably the fact that I decided to take a gap year instead of going to the college this fall. So now I'm diving into a school year of working, studying, tutoring my siblings in history, and continuing my college search. Hopefully there will be plenty of reading and writing this year, too. :)

Speaking of reading and writing! Here are the five books I read in August and what I thought of them.

Have I mentioned how much I love Louisa May Alcott? Eight Cousins was typically sweet and enjoyable. Rose was a dear, her cousins were delightful, and I so loved Uncle Alec. It was especially interesting for me to read this, because although I'd never read…