Alcott was a unique woman for her time. A defender of women’s rights and fiercely independent, her life can inspire us as much as her book has done.
Ignore the naysayers and read The Four Winds if you want a story packed with drama and a struggle to survive. There are proud moments; there are fearful moments. There are also moments in which you’ll be thankful that you weren’t alive during the Depression.
Though it might seem as if everything in the world has been discovered, there is always some marvelous thing that needs to be seen for the first time, if not by the world, than by the person looking.
We are fortunate to be living in a time when poetry is once again becoming popular. Instagram poetry is on the rise; it's easy to post our work for thousands to see. If we learn the use of hashtags and posting times, we can build an impressive following. It is a breath of relief, since … Continue reading On Robert Frost and the Rise of Poetry
What does it mean to be a writer? Ask anyone who practices the craft. You might hear several answers, because people have different reasons. Anne Lamott's memoir Bird by Bird offers a response I believe few would disagree with: The very first thing I tell my new students on the first day of a workshop … Continue reading Bird by Bird: On Writing & Honesty
This is my first Hemingway novel. It's a quick read and struck me for being so detached. The writing style seems indifferent by nature, focusing little on the main character's emotions and more on dialogue. I don't know if Hemingway's writing is like this in other novels. It isn't bad: the way the main character … Continue reading A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway