Saturday, January 25, 2014

Sunday Snippets-- A Catholic Carnival

Come one come all, to Sunday Snippets! Thanks to RAnn for hosting!  I've discovered some wonderful blogs here.  How about sharing yours?

Semper Gaudete!: Chaplet of Immaculate Mary, Queen of All Saints

Semper Gaudete!: New Painting in Rosary Art Collection

Semper Gaudete!: New Item in Break-Off Collection

Semper Gaudete!: Obama Celebrates 41 Years of Abortion: Roe an “Opportunity to Fulfill Dreams”

Semper Gaudete!: Throwback Thursday

Semper Gaudete!: The Wayback Book Club

Semper Gaudete!: Little Women: An Annoying Chapter

Semper Gaudete!: This Week's Fan Fiction

Semper Gaudete!: Books Read in the Past Week

Special thanks to RAnn this week for the shout-out on her blog!

Books Read in the Past Week


Books read for the first time are marked with a  #

"In A Great Tradition
Tribute to Dame Laurentia McLachlan,
Abbess of Stanbrook" #
by The Benedictines of Stanbrook
(I am very glad to have this book.  Rumer Godden
wrote in In This House of Brede: "All of the characters
in this book are imaginary, but many of the episodes
are based on fact; some are taken from the life and
sayings of Dame Laurentia McLachlan and Sister Mary
Ann McArdle of Stanbrook Abbey."

"In This House of Brede,"
by Rumer Godden
[fiction]
{Sunday books}

"The Imitation of Mary In Four Books" #
by Alexander De Rouville 
Revised and Edited by Matthew J. O'Connell
[devotional reading, Catholic]
(one chapter a day; more on Sunday)

"Penrod and Sam"
by Booth Tarkington
[fiction]
{carried over from last week}
I love the "Penrod" stories, but I've been
planning for some time now to write a post
about the racism in the books.

"Collecting Things"
by Paul Villiard
(nonfiction)

"Mary Poppins"
by P. L. Travers
[children's fiction]
(openlibrary.org loan)

"The Book of Festivals and Holidays
the World Over"
by Maguerite Ickis
[children's non-fiction]

"Never Go Anywhere With Digby"
by Ethelyn M. Parkinson
[children's fiction]

"The Honest Dollar"
by Dorothy Simpson
[children's fiction]
{carrying over into next week}


This Week's Fan Fiction

23rd Precinct
Chapters 15, 16, and 17 are now up.

Little Women: An Annoying Chapter

Louisa May Alcott's Little Women has always been one of my favorite books.
There are, however, two chapters that annoy me. I'll cover the first one in this post.


Remember the chapter called "Jo Meets Apollyon," where
Amy burned the book Jo had worked on for several years
because Jo wouldn't let her come to the theater with her
and Meg and Laurie?

Jo was, of course, furious with Amy... just as I would have been,
 just as almost anybody would have been.

But how did Mrs. March, Marmee, handle the situation?
"Mrs. March came home, and, having heard the story,
soon brought Amy to a sense of the wrong she had done her sister."
That's it.  We never find out just how she "brought Amy to a
sense of the wrong she had done her sister."  We never learn
what Marmee said to Amy.

Mrs. March, in fact, seemed much more concerned about Jo's very
 understandable anger than about Amy's deliberate, vindictive
destruction of Jo's property.

Once again, I quote this sentence:

"Mrs. March came home, and, having heard the story, soon
brought Amy to a sense of the wrong she had done her sister."

I wonder how many readers found themselves wishing that
Mrs. March had brought Amy to a sense of not wanting to
 sit down for several days!