Great Courses Company: How To Read and Understand Shakespeare

I was a theater minor at Hillsdale College. When I participated in the Oxford exchange, I travelled to Stratford-Upon-Avon to see several plays. During two of my Hillsdale summer breaks, I travelled with the theater department to the Canadian Stratford Festival.  Shakespeare was central to my liberal arts education. Confession: all that exposure to the … Continue reading Great Courses Company: How To Read and Understand Shakespeare

The Hedge School

In 17th century Britain, the Protestant English settlers of Ireland had failed to assimilate the native Irish Catholics, and there was serious political and religious tension on the island. In 1641, native Irish landowners staged a rebellion against the English settlers and failed. A bloody, complicated, and chaotic series of events unfolded causing political, economic, … Continue reading The Hedge School

1,000 Member Milestone

During Holy Week of 2015, we were a few world-weary friends, seeking sanctuary. The reading of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society had brought us together in another discussion group and we wanted to create a vibrant community of kindred spirits who would read widely and deeply, and in so doing cultivate thoughtful … Continue reading 1,000 Member Milestone

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

Once upon a time, in a book club far, far away some friends got together and read The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society.  I must confess that I instigated the request for the book.  I had read it a while before, and was positive they would also like it.  I love to read … Continue reading The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

Wednesdays With Words: Guinness

The CiRCE Institute has spectacular book recommendations, and thanks to them I am enjoying an intriguing book by Stephen Mansfield, The Search for God and Guinness. In this podcast, Dr. Brian Phillips interviewed Stephen Mansfield about his book on the Guinness family legacy and their impact on our culture. The podcast was tremendous. The book … Continue reading Wednesdays With Words: Guinness