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North & South

Blogging for a Good Book

It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single woman in possession of wits and good sense must be in want of a Darcy (or to be more accurate, Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy in the BBC adaptation of Pride & Prejudice). But there are only so many Darcys (and library copies of Pride & Prejudice) to go round. So, if you’ve watched this BBC miniseries so often you can recite it line for line and are looking for something new, I recommend North & South.

North & South can best be described as a Victorian Pride & Prejudice, but the central romance is laced with powerful and interesting social commentary. Based on the 1855 novel by Elizabeth Gaskell, it tells the story of Margaret Hale, the daughter of a middle-class vicar, who, used to a privileged, slower pace of life in rural southern England, is suddenly…

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The Daily Post

Someone recently commented on an old post about the use of “who” and “whom” to ask which of these two sentences would be correct:

He is taller than I.

He is taller than me.

I’ll confess that I didn’t answer immediately because I wanted to think about it for a bit first. Even though I wrote in that old post about linking verbs (of which “is” is one) and how they require that the pronoun be in the subjective case (so “I”), I balked at shelling out that advice, probably because the first sentence just sounds so stuffy, almost as if to use the “I” here would be a hyper-correction.

Usually, I’ll write around such a problem rather than confronting it, since if it makes me pause for a moment, surely it does the same for others. In this case, I might rewrite as “he is taller than I am,”…

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Getting in Touch

The Daily Post

We’ve talked about the importance of adding an About page to your blog. So, what about a Contact page? Part of blogging and building your audience is about developing a connection to your readers so they come back to your blog over and over again. It’s natural for your followers to be curious about who you are when you’re not sitting at your computer replying to comments or getting ready to hit the big, blue Publish button.

Providing your readers with a contact form enables them to get in touch with you beyond just leaving a comment on your post. This is especially useful if you’re using your blog to build a business or to get started as a paid writer. Additionally, adding a contact form to your site will allow other bloggers and collaborators to get in touch about all those awesome new projects they would love your feedback on…

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The Happiest Cow


Winners from the Oscars 2012

Best Picture: The Artist


Best Actor: Jean Dujardin, The Artist


Best Actress: Meryl Streep, The Iron Lady


Supporting Actress: Octavia Spencer, The Help


Supporting Actor: Christopher Plummer, Beginners


Directing: Michel Hazanavicius, The Artist


Cinematography: Hugo

Art Direction: Hugo

Costume Design: The Artist

Makeup: The Iron Lady

Foreign Language Film: A Separation, Iran.

Film Editing: The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

Sound Editing: Hugo

Sound Mixing: Hugo

Documentary Feature: Undefeated

Animated Feature Film: Rango

Visual Effects: Hugo

Original Score: The Artist

Original Song: Man or Muppet from The Muppets

Adapted Screenplay: Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon and Jim Rash, The Descendants

Original Screenplay: Woody Allen, Midnight in Paris

Live Action Short Film: The Shore

Documentary (short subject): Saving Face

Animated Short Film: The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr Morris Lessmore



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Book Club Meeting for February 21, 2012

It was a great evening tonight discussing this month’s book The Blood of Flowers by Anita Amarzavani. Holly, Melinda, and Marguerite did an outstanding job being hostesses. Since the story was set in Iran, we had Iranian stew to eat with a delicious salad and wonderful chocolate dessert . We had  17 eager women ready to discuss the art of rug making and the story of a young woman wanting to have freedom of choice to control her life and future.  It was interesting to  learn more about Iran. The rating of the book achieved a 4.5 on a scale of 1 to 5.  A nice evening with women who love to read books! Good job everyone!!

Hope to see some of you on the blog soon.

Next month’s book is My Abandonment by Peter Rock.