Archive for the ‘Tracking British Literature’ category

Speeding Toward the End and Stratford-upon-Avon

26 May 2010 | 1 Comment

The End of All Things (Well, Almost…) The days after Hadrian’s Wall I felt like I was speeding toward the end. Indeed, there were only 12 whole days left. I worked on my final essay for British Literature, honing my thesis on Middlemarch. I prepared some ideas for a conference with Dean. I thought I’d compare and contrast… Read more.

George Eliot: Queen of (Changing) Hearts – An Essay on Middlemarch

24 May 2010 | 1 Comment

Note: The following critical essay was written for Tracking British Literature in the spring of 2010. In a world with billions of people sometimes it is easy to forget just how connected we humans are to one another. One person’s action may have a reaction elsewhere in the web of connections and not think twice… Read more.

Hung Parliament to Hadrian’s Wall

16 May 2010 | 1 Comment

After a great weekend in Edinburgh, wishing it had been a week at least, I woke up at 8 AM the following Monday to get my day started with a full English breakfast. I caught up in my journal and had the most productive hour of writing yet. I wrote 1,000 words of my media… Read more.

Everything from an Election to an Elephant-sized Excursion to Edinburgh

10 May 2010 | 3 Comments

The day after Durham, I slept in to get some much needed extra rest. I picked up 2 pasties from the Cornish Pasty Bakery across from Betty’s Tea Rooms (as opposed to the one in King’s Square) for brunch and dinner — I tried to keep my weekend meals cheap and to the minimum. I… Read more.

Durham: A Bend in the River and Evensong

2 May 2010 | No Comments

Farewell to My Parents I met my parents at the Brentwood again in the morning. They were enjoying another full English breakfast served by the lovely couple who ran the bed and breakfast. They even offered me some, but I only took a gooseberry yogurt and tea. We went up to their room one last… Read more.

The Ravaged Family Garden – An Essay on Wuthering Heights

30 April 2010 | 1 Comment

Note: The following critical essay was written for Tracking British Literature in the spring of 2010. Imagine flipping through a family photo album and not recognizing anyone in the pictures: all of your family members – your father, your mother, and your siblings – are strangers, and none of this is due to amnesia or… Read more.

Parents in York – Day 1

29 April 2010 | No Comments

Essay Frenzy Early Sunday morning I registered for fall classes at Calvin. I got into all of the classes I needed and wanted except one. I’d have to take Creative Nonfiction instead of Writing for the Media, toward my Writing minor, but the latter was not being offered. Since I was up early, I decided… Read more.

Hoek van Holland to Harwich and Back to York

23 April 2010 | No Comments

Hoek van Holland to Harwich On the morning of April 17, I packed my backpack one last time. My 3-week long spring break was over. I was happy for all the extra time to travel, but was also happy to begin my journey back to my home-away-from home. After breakfast, my uncle and aunt would… Read more.

Hectic Happenings and Castle Howard

23 March 2010 | 1 Comment

St Thomas with St Maurice Church After having heard so many good things about St Thomas with St Maurice Church on Lowther Street (near the Grange, where I live), and even meeting some of its members as a result of my Oral Histories project interview with Mr and Mrs Nye, and attending Tea and Toast… Read more.

Reading, Research, and Rainy Rievaulx Abbey and Helmsley Castle

20 March 2010 | 1 Comment

Beware the ides of March! The middle of March came and I’m feeling the onslaught of homework. Part of it is my fault, due to my partial procrastination, but part of it is that I’m working under very different circumstances than I’m used to. Calvin College is much more regimented than York St John in… Read more.