My Life in France

In 2015, my husband and I watched the film Julie and Julia. I thought that “Julie” was whiny and unlikable. Despite all of Amy Adams’s efforts to make Julie adorable, I thought that the real life character being portrayed on the screen was dull and forgettable. But, I loved her concept. I thought that her…

Uncle Tom’s Cabin Essays

Uncle Tom’s Cabin Essays Humaneness   Can you judge the heart, or humaneness, of a man by his treatment of others?  Harriet Beecher Stowe in her book, Uncle Tom’s Cabin, reveals the humaneness, or lack thereof, of southern whites towards black slaves.  Do the actions of the slave owners Mr. Shelby, Mr. Haley, and Mr….

Great Courses: Watercolor

Work In Progress This post is a work in progress. I am posting now, rather than waiting until I have more things to report, because I have gotten three questions about this course in the last week. I thought that it might make sense to put something quick and dirty up now and then plan…

Uncle Tom’s Cabin

It wasn’t easy to read Uncle Tom’s Cabin again.  I knew how it was going to end.  It has been about a quarter of a century since I read it the first time, so I didn’t remember details, but it came back to me as I got further along. There came a point where my…

Last of the Mohican Student Essays

The Last of the Mohicans Main Character Essay Assignment This collection of essays is from Diane’s American Literature class.  In James Fenimore Cooper’s The Last of the Mohicans, I do not think that there was just one main character. I believe that the group (consisting of Cora Munro, Alice Munro, Major Duncan Heyward, Hawkeye, Chingachgook,…