It’s autumn now, so we drove the kids out to a farm to sit on bales of hay and look at pumpkins, because you are legally and ethically obligated to do things like that when you have kids. But while we were picking apples in the orchard, my mind drifted to books, because, come on, […]
My summer at Yale is over, and I’m back at work in Memphis, but Yaleblog! isn’t over–not yet. I have one or two more posts before this blog reverts to being about my life and work in the dirty south. First, I’d like to share with you some of my final project. I wrote 10 […]
The reason I am attending this seminar, of course, is to learn how to teach The Canterbury Tales to my students back home. Having said that, I have been working on my final project, which is a compilation of creative assignments for my students. Above is a glog, which I completed at glogster.com.
On Saturday, July 10, Renee and I visited the Cloisters Museum and Garden in Manhattan. The Cloisters Museum and Garden is owned by the Metropolitan Museum, and is dedicated to the art and architecture of the Middle Ages. It was started by John D. Rockefeller, Jr., who imported ruined abbeys from Spain brick by brick […]
We are all familiar with the image of St. Francis of Assisi, the benevolent, bearded man who speaks to animals and allows the birds to perch on his shoulders. However, the real Francis was a controversial figure who impelled many people to abandon their worldly lives and roam the country in poverty. Francis, pictured in […]
I’ve been in New Haven for nine days so far, and today I found myself referring to my dorm room as “home.” While I do miss my friends and family, I do feel at home here, and I wanted to share some of the places I see on a daily basis. This stairwell takes you […]
The pilgrims in The Canterbury Tales are traveling to the shrine of Thomas á Becket, whose tomb was one of the most important destinations for English Christians. But who was Thomas á Becket, and what made his shrine so revered among the people? It’s a pretty interesting story, actually. Thomas á Becket was born in […]
Did you know… …that The Canterbury Tales was not written by a man named Edmund Canterbury? But rather by a fellow named Geoffrey Chaucer who was, of all things, English? Today was our first day of class, which is held in the delightfully named Linsly-Chittenden Hall on High Street. Dr. Patterson started his lecture on […]