This space has been neglected lately, thanks to a combination of busyness and my general ambivalence about being online. But I find myself drawn back to Across the Page, remembering the good things this discipline of daily writing provided. One of the best is the Friday Fave Five roundup, hosted by Susanne at Living to Tell the Story, that gives us an opportunity to survey the highlights of the past week. 1. Celebrations! This week I marked both 17 years of marriage, and 40-ahem years…Continue Reading “Friday Fave 5”

This week, Tennyson’s “The Lady of Shalott” was on my 6th grader’s reading list. She read it, then last night I read it aloud to both girls and basically we all registered our questions and observations; I was too tired to do any more than that. But this morning, I got up and started investigating in my old anthologies and online, and I found some great resources. This entry at “Shmoop” addressed most all of our concerns in a very direct way. And a google…Continue Reading “Lady of Shalott”

I missed this roundup last month, but I wanted to take the opportunity to look back over the last month’s reading — and see what others have on their nightstands, too! Here’s my rundown, with excerpts from my reviews. The Myth of a Christian Nation (Gregory A. Boyd): “I found it to be a challenging and thorough examination of the entanglement of evangelical Christianity with American politics, one which offers an attractive and restorative alternative to the ‘civil Christianity’ all too prevalent in America.” Read…Continue Reading “What’s On Your Nightstand: March 2013”

We’re continuing to enjoy Lloyd Alexander’s Chronicles of Prydain, and we finished the third book, The Castle of Llyr, this morning after a few marathon read-aloud sessions. This tale included the further adventures of Taran and Eilonwy and their band of delightfully ordinary friends. They run up against a befuddled princeling named Rhun, a small-spirited giant named Glew, a giant wild cat named Llyan, and a few familiar heroes and enemies from previous books. Eilonwy is kidnapped and we had a few tense chapters while…Continue Reading “The Castle of Llyr”

The truth is, I’m a little down today — feeling inadequate and blah. At work, my husband was talking with a man here temporarily from Wyoming. The man’s company may keep him here for several years. “I don’t know if I can take it,” he said. “In Wyoming we have cold weather and snow, too, but we also have 337 days of sun a year!” Guess how many we have? 153. In fact we have the distinction of being in the top ten worst weather…Continue Reading “Friday Fave 5: March 1”

But the man from Snowy River let the pony have his head, And he swung his stockwhip round and gave a cheer, And he raced him down the mountain like a torrent down its bed, While the others stood and watched in very fear. (“The Man from Snowy River,” by A.B. “Banjo” Paterson, 1890. Full text here.) We like this movie, especially the scenes where the young horseman trains a thoroughbred using gentler methods. But only more recently have we discovered the narrative poem on…Continue Reading “Poetry Friday: The Man from Snowy River”

I picked up A Little House Traveler by chance on the juvenile biography shelf last week. Barbara at Stray Thoughts hosts a Laura Ingalls Wilder Challenge this month, and when I saw this title it looked interesting. It was a very quick-moving read comprised of Laura’s letters and journals from three of her trips: from DeSmet to Missouri as a young married woman; to San Francisco as a middle-aged woman to visit her daughter Rose; and back to DeSmet with Almanzo (and Nero the dog)…Continue Reading “A Little House Traveler”

I’ve wanted to participate in Read Aloud Thursday for awhile now. It’s an opportunity to share the books your family is experiencing together. I have an 11-year-old and a 9-year-old, and as usual the reading we’ve been doing is all over the map. The one kind of book that’s lacking is — Valentine’s Day books! That’s really lame, considering that my husband and I got engaged on Valentine’s Day fifteen years ago… Yet here we are, still doing life together, rearing our two amazing daughters…Continue Reading “Read-Aloud Thursday: Parrots, Hamsters, Goblins, and American History”

I picked up this book of animal poems from the new books shelf at the library. Flipping through it as my two daughters buckled up in the back seat, I came upon a hamster poem. “Aww,” I exclaimed, holding up the book so they could see the picture. “Look at this!” Over my arm she softly flows — cinnamon coat and whiskery nose. With marble eyes she stops and peeks; lets me stroke her knapsack cheeks… “Awwww!!” came the stereophonic echo from the back seat,…Continue Reading “Poetry Friday: Animal Poems”

Today it’s time for What’s On Your Nightstand? hosted at 5 Minutes for Books. I’ve read some interesting books over the last month and this is a prime opportunity to revisit them. Here they are, with blurbs and links to my reviews. The Discarded Image (C.S. Lewis): “Lewis was a classicist, and I’ve always wondered: if he speaks so compellingly in these areas outside his field of expertise, how does he sound when he’s in his sweet spot? The Discarded Image provides the answer. Not being…Continue Reading “What’s On Your Nightstand? January 2013”