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From Book to Screen: Capturing the Heart of Little Women

From Book to Screen: Capturing the Heart of Little Women

Little Women (2017), image c. BBC Little Women, the book Louisa May Alcott is most well known for, is a story that has touched readers all over the world since its original publication in 1868. The story of the four March sisters as they grow from girls to young women still remains relevant today because...
Becoming a Hero the Hard Way: On Unconventional Heroes and Everyday Heroism

Becoming a Hero the Hard Way: On Unconventional Heroes and Everyday Heroism

“This is a story of becoming a hero the hard way.” —Cressida Cowell, How to Train Your Dragon What defines a hero? If we look at the heroes of old—Greco-Roman heroes like Hercules and Odysseus, for example, or the Prince Charmings of fairy tales and folklore—a pattern of traits and skills linking these characters together...
5 Comforting & Encouraging Book Recommendations

5 Comforting & Encouraging Book Recommendations

“I wish it need not have happened in my time,” said Frodo. “So do I,” said Gandalf, “and so do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.”  —J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship...
More Than Fairy Tales: The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Brilliance of Children’s Literature

More Than Fairy Tales: The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Brilliance of Children’s Literature

C.S. Lewis, the author of the well-loved Chronicles of Narnia, once said that “a children’s story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children’s story in the slightest.” There are books that we fall in love with during childhood, which, upon returning to, seem almost lifeless compared to the shining stories from...
Be Still: Slowing Down to Savour Life

Be Still: Slowing Down to Savour Life

“When we lose our sense of wonder we become dissatisfied with who we are,” Madeleine L’Engle says in her book on creation and human identity (Madeleine 51). When I came back to her words this month, I connected just as strongly to them as I had the first time I read them. Madeleine L’Engle is...
The Strength To Move Mountains

The Strength To Move Mountains

Literature provides us with some of the strongest women in the history of fiction. The connections that form between the reader and the characters can be felt on a deep and personal level. But what does it mean for a female character to be “strong”? What and how can we learn from these characters about...