Tuesday, December 27, 2011

A little late Christmas post :)

Merry 3rd day of Christmas everyone!!!! Sorry I didn't post on Christmas day. I wanted to, but we got up went to church, came home opened some presents and got ready to go to a friends house for the dinner & games. Then we got home late. Over all I think it was one of the best Christmases ever! :)

One thing I love about Christmas is giving people gifts. I like telling people I love them by giving them a gift. It can be something really simple, just to tell them they are important.

Christ is born!!!!!!




 Blessings
~Elizabeth

PS. Oh I will be doing the 12 days of Christmas, AFTER Christmas. So I will still be posting about Christmas for a while! :)

Thursday, December 22, 2011

The Hobbit Trailer!!!!!

AHHHHH!!! I am so excited!!!! I can't wait for it to come out! But we are all stuck waiting a whole year! :( Why? It looks like it will be amazing though. How could it not be, with all the wonderful sets, characters, and mood music? Also I seem to be behind in posting this, but that comes as no surprise. I usually find stuff out after all the excitement has past. Oh well. :)

I am so excited about Richard Armitage being in it! :) I was thrilled that he was singing in the movie. It made me so happy! *giggle*



Blessings
~Elizabeth

PS. The singing reminds me of Church.

Friday, December 9, 2011

Latin IS a dead language despite what some people think

I am really really mad right now. This person clams that Latin is really not a dead language because it is still used.

Really? I don't think this person understands what the definition of a dead language is. We may still use it is some ways. Such as naming things, translating, and reading Roman literature in its original form. But scholar and scientist are really the only ones who use if the most. Most every day people would not use Latin. (I am learning Latin by the way)

A dead language is one that is no longer changing. English is changing we are adding new words changing rules, and other things. Latin is not changing. It is not changing because it is not used anymore as a daily conversation language. There are no countries that list Latin as a national language. English, Spanish, French, and German however are living languages, becasue they are changing.

This statement made by this person really really really upset me!!!!! I get so annoyed with people who think they know what they are talking about, but really don't. GRRRRR!!!

Anyway, here is a lovely, hauntingly beautiful version of Veni Veni Emmanuel (Oh Come O Come Emmanuel) by Hayley Westenra. I really love this song.




Blessings
~Elizabeth

Monday, December 5, 2011

Book Review: Mary Barton

Title: Mary Barton
Author: Elizabeth Gaskell
First Published: 1848 anonymously
rating: 3/5

Summery: Mary Barton is a young Manchester working girl. Her father, the only family she has in the world, except for her mysterious Aunt Easter, is a factory union man. She has two men who are courting her. One is rich and fair. The other poor. She must decided which she truly loves when disaster strikes.

This is Gaskell's first novel so I must say that it is not as good as some of her other works Like North & South(read my review of that book here). I did enjoy it very much though. One thing that I had trouble with was how very difficult to get into, it can seem very boring in the beginning.

Probably the only thing I didn't like was how very much romantic dreamy it seemed to me at times. I felt it was a little sappy at some points. It was just a seemed a little fake to me at some points.

One thing that struck me was how sharply contrasted the upper class was with the lower class. How sharply Gaskell seemed to criticize the upper class. This is the one thing I like about Gaskell, how she spoke out against the mistreatment of the lower class. I really enjoyed seeing this, and how Gaskell said, without saying so, that something needed to change. I posted earlier the preface to the book here. I would highly recommend reading it(click here). It changed my view of Gaskell's books. I saw them as more. than good stories, which there is no doubt that they are, they are an out cry against society.

One thing is that Gaskell seems to favor the lower class more that the upper class. In North & South she seems to portray the two classes more equally. I wonder if this is some growth towards seeing both sides of a story. Which is something important to me.

As a side note I completely feel in love with this particular copy of the book. It felt so lovely, and the colors so soft! :)

Blessings
~Elizabeth

Friday, December 2, 2011

Loreena McKennit - God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen

I love the song God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen! I really enjoy Loreena Mckennitt's version. She has but an Arab spin on the English carol. I really enjoy it. I love her voice too! :) Tell me what you think! I would love you opinions!




Blessings
~Elizabeth

PS. We are going to the Nutcracker to morrow!!!!!!!!! The really really big on in our aria that the radio talks about all the time! I am really really really excited!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :) :) :)

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Author Profile: Charlotte Bronte

Author Profile

Name Charlotte Bronte

Birth Date April 21, 1816 Place Thornton, Yorkshire, North England

Death Date March 31, 1855 Place Haworth, Yorkshire, North England

Best-Known Works: Jane Eyre, & Villette

Charlotte Bronte was born on April 1st 1816 at the Thornton Yorkshire in the North of England. Her Parents were Patrick and Maria Bronte, she also had two older sisters, Maria and Elizabeth. Her mother died of cancer in1820. She attended Cowan Bridge School with her sisters Maria, Elizabeth, and Emily. They left the school when Maria and Elizabeth became sick with tuberculosis and died. After this they were taught from home by their father, and aunt, Elizabeth. The four children left often played together, and they made up all kinds of fantastic adventures for their imaginary characters. Latter they wrote these stories down; this prepared them for their latter writing. Charlotte became a governess for a time, but grew homesick. She and her sisters, Emily and Anne, published a book of poems. It sold only two copies. Latter in 1847 she published Jane Eyre under the name of Currer Bell. It was met with instant success. She latter would publish the books Shirley, and Villette. She married Arthur Bell Nickolas in 1854, they were only married for a few months. She died on March 31st of 1855.

One of the things that Charlotte uses from personal experience in Jane Eyre is the boarding school. Charlotte went to Cowan Bridge School. Her experience there is the basis for Lowood school in Jane Eyre. Charlotte’s sister Marie was the basis for her Character of Helen in Jane Eyre. Charlotte also went to school in Brussels, she used this experience as the basis for her novel Villentte. The two men that Lucy Snowe falls in love with are based on two men that Charlotte Bronte knew and was in love with her self.

The poet, Robert Southy, was one of Charlotte’s role models, and effected her writing. She addresses what he said to her in Jane Eyre. William Thackeray, another poet, is also one of Charlotte’s inspirations. She also read many books this would have affected her writing as well.

Much of Jane Eyre takes place in the country side which is where Charlotte Bronte grew up. There is very much the feel of a Yorkshire moor throughout the book, although where to book takes place exactly is kept hidden from the reader. You only know that it is the country.