Education · NovElla

The Blue Blood Moon

Maybe you’ve heard the expression “once in a Blue Moon” to mean something rare. But have you ever seen the Moon look blue? What about a Blood Moon? A “super” Moon? Let’s talk about lunar phrases! It’s the perfect topic in light of tonight’s lunar eclipse (or tomorrow morning’s…). This is the first of two… Continue reading The Blue Blood Moon

Cinderella · Fairy Tale · Music · NovElla

Cinderella Musicals

We’ve already seen one musical version of Cinderella, as part of Into the Woods. I’m sure many of you are also familiar with the Disney animation; but don’t stop there. Richard Rodgers (1902–1979), composer, and Oscar Hammerstein II (1895–1960), lyricist, collaborated on many great musicals – including Cinderella! This musical rendition was largely based on… Continue reading Cinderella Musicals

Candy · Cookies · Fairy Tale · Gingerbread · Historical · NovElla

Hansel, Gretel, and the Rise of Gingerbread

“Hansel and Gretel” is a fairy tale about a brother and sister lost in the woods. They come across a witch’s cottage made entirely of sweets. Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm included it in their Kinder- und Hausmärchen (Children’s and Household Tales) book. Gingerbread has a spicy history, and it was formed into the shape of… Continue reading Hansel, Gretel, and the Rise of Gingerbread

Austen · Historical · NovElla

A Fine Brush on Ivory

Watercolor of Jane Austen by her sister, Cassandra, 1804   A Fine Brush on Ivory: An Appreciation of Jane Austen is a light academic analysis of Jane Austen’s writings by Richard Jenkyns, a professor and researcher of classical literature. If you like reading Jane Austen, and exploring the ideas within her works, this is the… Continue reading A Fine Brush on Ivory

Cinderella · NovElla

The Ordinary Princess

What if a princess is given the gift of ordinariness by a fairy? The Ordinary Princess is a clever and entertaining children’s novel, written and illustrated by M.M. Kaye. I enjoyed reading The Far Pavilions, by the same author, years ago and ever since I’ve had The Ordinary Princess on my list. I no longer… Continue reading The Ordinary Princess