Austen · Banannabelle · Cinderella · Education · Math · NovElla

How to Bake Pi

March 14th is Pi Day! It’s also the birthday of Albert Einstein. In honor of Pi Day, today’s post highlights a pertinent book about mathematics. “It is a truth universally acknowledged that mathematics is difficult,” writes mathematics professor Eugenia Cheng, with as much tongue-in-cheek as Austen’s original statement. In How to Bake Pi, Cheng explains… Continue reading How to Bake Pi

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

Austen · Cinderella · LOTR · NovElla

One Lovely Blog Award

I am honored and excited to share that I’ve been nominated for the One Lovely Blog Award! Marcia Strykowski, over at her own lovely blog, received the award and so a big thank you to her for nominating NovElla and Banannabelle! Here are the guidelines for the One Lovely Blog Award: Each nominee must thank… Continue reading One Lovely Blog Award

Austen · Cinderella · Historical · NovElla

Jane Austen’s Cinderella Obsession

Did Jane Austen write a story about Cinderella? Well, not exactly; but I love connecting two of my favorite topics together! Arguably, all of Austen’s most popular works have at least one Cinderella element in them: every heroine marries a man of greater wealth. Although not always her social superior, the male lead is often… Continue reading Jane Austen’s Cinderella Obsession

Austen · Banannabelle · Candy · Dessert

Honey, Creamed Honey

What do Sherlock Holmes and Jane Austen have in common? Beekeeping! The Austen home at Chawton Cottage was part of an estate that included farmland and bees. Jane Austen lived there near the end of her life, and she did much of her writing at Chawton. I’ve heard it was her sister Cassandra who was… Continue reading Honey, Creamed Honey