Author Archive | Melanie Bettinelli

Reading notes November 2018

Finished in November 1. By What Authority? by Robert Hugh Benson Set a generation after The King’s Achievement, during the later part of Elizabeth’s reign. There are minor characters who were in the previous work and it’s interesting to see them from that perspective. I read this book some years ago, but had not previously […]

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Adoration

In Ghirlandaio’s Adoration of the Shepherds the infant Jesus isn’t laid in the manger but on the ground next to it. Probably because if Christ were laid in the manger that Ghirlandaio gives us, we wouldn’t be able to see him. Ghirlandaio’s feeding trough is an interesting artifact: a marble ancient Roman sarcophagus. In medieval […]

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Learning Notes Thanksgiving Week (Week of November 19)

Monday November 19 Bella: read first chapter of the book of Genesis and Psalm 117, composition Sophie: copywork, French (Duolingo) Ben: math, copywork, Explode the Code, Little Bear ( begin Little Bear’s Wish) Anthony: math, copywork (Basilisk poem from Dragons Dragons) Lucy: copywork (Sheep in a Jeep) Afternoon stories: Doll’s House, St Peter Claver, Around […]

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Susan in Exile?

An interesting brief article came to my notice this week about the figure or “archetype” of the “Susan” in juvenile fiction– The Susan: Story of an Archetype, and Why We Need Her by Alice Nuttall. It’s sparked a brilliant conversation online and I’m brimming over with thoughts that want to organize themselves into something more […]

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Five from Andersen

Five from Andersen for T.G.  
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 I see you as the little mermaid barefoot beside someone else’s marriage bed and longing, yearning for that closeness which you will never never never never have. (And dreams of children you will never carry All the voices that never will be heard and the lullabies […]

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Chronological Snobbery about the Middle Ages

  We’ve been reading Men, Microscopes and Living Things, which is a sort of history of biology for children. On the whole I really like the book. It’s well written and engaging. But the chapters on medieval herbalists and medieval bestiaries both raised my eyebrows a bit and sparked some interesting discussions as I questioned […]

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Poetry and Waiting Rooms

The clouds look like they could be snow clouds. But this early in November, probably they won’t shake down any soft feathers upon us. (Though far-away friends on Facebook are proudly sharing photos of white-dusted lawns and even a miniature snowman.) Beneath the clouds’ shadowy canopy the crabapples on the nearly leafless tree are a […]

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