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The Value of Introspection

As seems to often be the case, I changed the book I read this month. I began with the best of intentions to read a collection of short stories by Louisa May Alcott but found myself bored to tears with the stories so I put down that book and picked up Anne of Green Gables… Continue reading The Value of Introspection

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Defeating Toxic Masculinity

Seven years ago I wrote a post about Ramona Flowers, simply meaning to express my admiration for her and for how incredible it was to see consent and sexuality presented in a positive way in popular culture. I thought the post was good, but nothing earth-shattering, so you can imagine my genuine surprise at the… Continue reading Defeating Toxic Masculinity

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Those That Mind Don’t Matter and Those That Matter Don’t Mind

I absolutely could not go through an entire month of talking about fictional characters that left their influence on me without talking about Hermione Granger. Like many older millennials, I grew up with a new Harry Potter book coming out every year and like many in my peer group began to wonder why Harry was… Continue reading Those That Mind Don’t Matter and Those That Matter Don’t Mind

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Gone With the Wind

Truly without realizing it, almost all of the characters I have chosen to talk about this month have shaped me by showing how much power there is in showing up, being determined, and giving something your best shot. Scarlett O'Hara, although problematic in a lot of ways, is certainly an example of this. A heroine raised… Continue reading Gone With the Wind

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Master of Time

While we’re talking about Little Women, I have to talk about Meg. Of all the sisters in the March family, Meg is the one I understood the most – and therefore liked the most. Growing up in a poor family has its blessings, but it also has its challenges. Since becoming a mother, I have… Continue reading Master of Time