Ostentatiously batsh*t crazy buttercream flowers

Betsie took over my last job in the Braille and Talking Book Library. It included coordinating the volunteer narration program and over the course of her first years, we became good friends. I still volunteer for her. In January, she moved into a new house. I'm no good at painting, plumbing and wiring are a … Continue reading Ostentatiously batsh*t crazy buttercream flowers

Across the Pond 8: Miss Bertha Better Than You at the Bodlein Library at Oxford

Katherine Philips has a letter in the archives of the Bodlein library of Oxford College. My modern British women's literature class went to the town of Oxford one week and I realized I would be in very close proximity to an original document of Philips's. I hadn't seen her handwriting in person yet, something she … Continue reading Across the Pond 8: Miss Bertha Better Than You at the Bodlein Library at Oxford

Across the Pond 2: Meeting Lucasia on the road to Aberystwyth

Do not let my sensible shoes fool you! Library research is an adventure. It all began in 1992, when I took a course in 17th and 18th century British literature. There I discovered a Welsh poet by the name of Katherine Philips. This excerpt was assigned reading one week: Content, to my dearest Lucasia Then, … Continue reading Across the Pond 2: Meeting Lucasia on the road to Aberystwyth

Across the Pond 1: A voyage to explore female romantic friendship

In 1993, I traveled across the pond as part of a junior year summer abroad program at the University of London campus with Michigan State University. I was majoring in English and minoring in Women's Studies and I'd fallen head over heels for a 17th century Welsh poet named Katherine Philips. She wrote romantic verse … Continue reading Across the Pond 1: A voyage to explore female romantic friendship