Forgotten Samurai Women

Forgotten Samurai Women by Margaret Dilloway One day, my dad told me, “You know your mother was from a samurai family, right?” Um, no, didn’t know that. That kind of information is good to know!My mom had said only that her family had been the royal seal-bearers (which I guess, though it doesn’t sound as … Continue reading Forgotten Samurai Women

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Why Disney Princesses Aren’t As Bad As You Thought

  Around Halloween, there are plenty of princess-bashing articles floating around because of all the princess costumes and hoopla. The general idea is that having Cinderella or Snow White as a role model isn’t great, when you should be steering your girls toward warrior princesses like Mulan or Merida from Brave.  The other princesses, people … Continue reading Why Disney Princesses Aren’t As Bad As You Thought

Secrets Your Lit Professor Wouldn’t Tell You

Breaking the hearts of English and Lit teachers everywhere, I have to admit a secret.   Book clubs often ask me this question, or a variation on this question: "We noticed the theme of XYZ in your book. Did you include ABC to support that theme?"   Usually, it's an incredibly perceptive observation, and I … Continue reading Secrets Your Lit Professor Wouldn’t Tell You