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Literature Virgin Shoots and Scores

Posted in General, Literature, Non-Fiction on May 16, 2008 by muerta

Hi Christine,

Final grade = 101 A


The Memory Keeper’s Daughter by Kim Edwards

Posted in Fiction, General, Gina with tags , , on March 11, 2008 by Gina

I found the story to be intriguing.  In 1964, David, a doctor, is forced due to a snowstorm to deliver his baby in the doctor’s office.  His son was born perfect but an unexpected daughter was born with Down Syndrome.  To save his wife pain, David gives his daughter to the nurse to institutionalize while telling Norah, his wife, that the baby was dead.  The nurse, Caroline, doesn’t leave the newborn at the institution but instead flees to another city to raise the girl as her own.  The rest of the book is the characters dealing with the impact of that split second decision of a grieving father.  The story is beautiful, but the book fell flat with me.  The writing was very good.  The story was one that the climax happened at the beginning and the rest of the book was the fallout of that one decision.  However, I found that there just wasn’t enough emotion.  I felt that I, as the reader, should have been more involved in the character’s lives than I was allowed.  Thus I felt the character development to be inferior.  I felt there were too many secrets between the main characters and the reader.   We should have been more aware of David’s obsession with his photographs.  We should have been more involved in Caroline and Phoebe’s lives.  I really just felt disconnected from the characters.  I realize that it may have been Ms. Edwards intention to show the disconnect between all of the characters, but it just didn’t work well for me.   The ending was too pretty for me.  It just didn’t feel real.  I enjoyed reading it, but it didn’t compel to me to dig further.  After reading it, I didn’t ponder it at all.   

43 Year Old Intro to Literature Virgin

Posted in General, Literature on January 27, 2008 by muerta

And so it has happened. I am now enrolled in an Introduction to Literature course which meets online. As a college graduate and avid reader, there is humor in the fact that I need to complete this course in order to obtain a license to continue practicing in my chosen profession. This way, while providing therapy, I guess I can talk about an author or three along the way.

This week, our assignments were basic and straightforward- answer a few questions and post about ourselves, who is our favorite author, what is our favorite book, etc. This is what I wrote:


Christine Gilbert, wife to Jean-Luc Heusdain, companion to a shy but adorable overweight cat named Filou and frequently guarded by a Shiba Inu named Cortez. I am fascinated by trivial facts of being and small events that make life worth living. Sadly, I must confess that I love pop music (and frequently torture the household by playing songs from the ‘80’s). I am tormented by a love of good food, a desire to be slimmer, and an extreme distaste of the words “diet and exercise.” I am always looking for ways to convince myself that what I am doing is not really exercising, but rather gardening, housework, taking Cortez for an afternoon constitutional or just simply taking the children that I work with for a walk in the fresh air. Currently, I am trying to convince my husband that we need to go see The Cure at Radio City Music Hall in May.

I can not tell you what is “the most enjoyable” thing that I have ever read because most everything I read is enjoyable on some level. My secret loves of best-selling authors like Patterson, Braun, and Grafton give me the satisfaction of a story told simplistically. I can, however, tell you authors which influenced or changed by life. My first reading of J.R. R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings made me realize that I dreamt of lands beyond what was physical. Lovecraft taught me fear of reading late at night with only the reading light to illuminate the eyes of the nighttime creatures that lie in wait within the darkness. Philip K. Dick woke my awareness of alternative realities and the reality of their coming into being. And finally, Cesar Milan taught me that I don’t stand a chance against my dog’s determination that he will not come when he is called.

But favorite author? I look forward to reading Sheri S. Tepper’s next novel.

I have what I call a job; my husband calls it pseudo-job because, as he politely puts it, “it’s not a job if you can work in the same clothes that you vacation in.” As a trained Mental Health Clinician, I opted to take a job working as a paraprofessional aide with the Manchester School District so I could have less stress in my life after moving to Connecticut. However, as education becomes more complicated and encumbered with paperwork, I realize that if I am going to be stressed with regulations, I might as well be stressed out while being paid better. Hence, I am returning back to school (eeek!) to seek a license as a registered nurse with the hope of providing family counseling in Hospice. Cortez is already certified as a pet therapist, and it is my hope to get myself re-certified as a therapist so that I can feel comfortable in knowing that he and I are on equal footing when we provide home visits to ailing.

Final facts: I like look for birds when I go for walks, I play online games as time allows, and help Cortez keep his blog updated: . He finds that not having opposable thumbs is incredibly inconvenient.

A Comment on Comments

Posted in General with tags , on January 21, 2008 by Lisa

You may notice some lovely comments on my review of Twilight– as I am not the kind of person who likes to censor things, I am letting these comments, and any others like them, remain on the site so long as they don’t become threatening.  I would never call someone an idiot for their opinion on a book and I wouldn’t remove comments  that don’t agree with my opinion, but I am often shocked that writers of such talent are able to even read the books they so vehemently defend.


Posted in General with tags , on January 13, 2008 by Lisa

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