One day, something fell from the sky. Xi had never seen anything like this in his life. It looked like water, but it was harder than anything else in the world. He wondered why the gods had sent this thing down to the earth. It was the strangest and most beautiful thing they had ever seen. They wondered why the gods had sent it to them. Pabo got his finger stuck in the thing and the children thought he was very funny. Xi tried the…Continue Reading “Open-handed”

I’m not sure what made me choose Daphne DuMaurier’s Rebecca. I was looking for a page-turner, and that’s what I found in this suspenseful tale of an innocent bride, the wealthy nobleman who marries her, and the mystery and emotional charge that overshadow everything associated with his first wife, the deceased Rebecca. I seem to have a weakness for Gothic romance: Jane Eyre, Watchman’s Stone, The Red Castle Women. All of them have working class heroines drawn into a world of Gothic castles, noblemen with…Continue Reading “Rebecca”

My husband has been away this week. Here’s what this has meant for me: I miss him. The girls miss him. I get to read in the evening without the television being on. I’ve discovered that though I’m allegedly a grown-up, I’m still afraid of the dark. A little. It makes noises louder – especially when reading Gothic novels late at night. (I’m glad we have a dog.) I went to see Prince Caspian this afternoon. Alone. My husband’s parents took us out to lunch, then offered…Continue Reading “Thoughts on Prince Caspian”