My two most important accomplishments (well, technically, they are still works in progress) are my amazing daughters. When they were much younger, I enrolled in graduate school part-time. It was one of the best decisions I have ever made; I found it to be a mind-altering experience. After my classes, I would come home and we would all do our homework together, which made the work fun for me. I get nostalgic thinking of those days…
I earned a Master’s degree in English Literature. My thesis, entitled “Mind the Gap,” is a Lacanian reading of three of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novels: The Great Gatsby, Tender is the Night, and The Love of the Last Tycoon. Let me know if you’re interested in reading it.
I have taught English at both the college level (in a state prison) and at the high school level, two very different and incredibly rewarding experiences. I love teaching, but even more, I love learning! I approach my book groups with this attitude: let’s exchange our ideas and thoughts and see what we can learn from each other.
I lived in England for a time, and it remains one of my favorite places in every respect, including its literary heritage. I love Jane Austen~for many reasons~and occasionally I run a “Jane Austen Literary Salon,” in which we read all six novels. This is one of my most popular book groups; stay tuned for the next one!