It’s a bit late in the day for this, but how about another round of favorites to celebrate the weekend?
Yes, another Virginia Woolf novel. Woolf isn’t nearly my favorite writer out there, but considering I’m in a class devoted to her books… they’re kind of all I’ve been reading these days. Orlando is a mock biography. In it, we meet Orlando in Renaissance England and follow his/her life until the time the book was published–1928. He starts out a young boy in the court of Elizabeth I and ends as a wife and mother in 1920’s London. I believe Woolf viewed this book as a joke and wrote it for fun. It’s very different from her other novels, which are highly experimental. After weeks of To the Lighthouse and such, it was a breath of fresh air.
I’m the one on the left, but the lovely girl on the right is my friend, Anna. We met while working at the same Bible camp last summer. She lives in Austria, which is kind of on the other side of the world from snowy Minnesota. I miss her dearly, but made sure to visit during my stint abroad last semester. This photo was taken at Schloss Ambras, a castle near where she lives.
We got to Skype today! It’s amazing that technology enables us to stay in touch with those we love, no matter how far away they are. We talked about camp memories, what God is doing in our lives, school, and cultural differences between our countries. She taught me a bit of German, I helped her speak in an American accent. Although I probably should have spent the time studying, it was an hour well spent. I’m excited to see her again this summer!
This grocery store:
It’s the only grocery store in town, which means they can charge as much as they want for fresh produce. Weekly, this place sucks all my money away. But it’s also endearing. There’s something special about small town grocery stores. And only in Morris will you go looking for grapes and cottage cheese and run into half your professors.
(Then, while waiting for your roommates to finish shopping, said professors gather around you to make awkward small talk.)
JFK’s inauguration. We analyzed the rhetoric in class today and my professor declared that it is one of, if not the, greatest speech ever given. Apparently, Kennedy spent two weeks writing it himself. It’s a rather fantastic bit of spoken word, even without the famous “Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country” line.