Julie’s Take – Christianity in Three Books [Updated]

These things used to be called memes … but whatever they’re called, I find them difficult to resist.  Basically Rod Dreher has asked his readers, and the internet at large, what three books they would recommend to provide a basic familiarity with Christian theological ideas to someone with little background on the topic. Read all [Read More...]

Thumbs Up for The Great Movies by Roger Ebert

The Great Movies by Roger Ebert My rating: 5 of 5 stars I miss Roger Ebert. Even when I disagreed with his online personal journal entries, which happened fairly frequently, I still loved reading him. Most importantly, of course, I miss reading his movie reviews every Friday. They were the anchor against which I measured [Read More...]

Mr. Pancks and Maggy: The Power of Dickens’ Minor Characters

I continue to be fascinated by how sharply Charles Dickens can draw minor characters. Mr. Pancks is one that I really enjoy every time he appears in Little Dorrit. He is immensely practical and I really love the way he handles Mr. F’s Aunt in this scene. She obviously has some form of senile dementia [Read More...]