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By: crystal

Image courtesy of http://www.rockingwallpaper.com Last year on December 31st, I wrote a post about spending time with my grandmother at the retirement home. Hospice was called in, and as my parents met with them to discuss treatment options, I fed my dear Granny small dollops of pureed food on the end of a spoon. Delicately, quietly, she ate and I…

By: crystal

Dear readers, My sincerest apologies for the long delay in completing this blog series. My husband and I have both experienced health issues (aside from very busy schedules). Thankfully, we are both recovered. I now present you with the much-awaited post on Narnia, perhaps the most controversial works concerning Lewis’s portrayal of women. Thank you for your patience (and continued encouragement!).  I appreciate your…

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I am pleased to announce that I have joined Islands of Joy, an excellent blog administrated by Inkling scholar Sorina Higgins!  My first post outlining a day with Douglas Gresham (stepson of C.S. Lewis) is now up.  Please go by, bookmark the site, and show some love (comment, like, share on social media). http://islandsofjoy.blogspot.com/2013/10/a-day-with-douglas-gresham.html Don’t forget to bookmark http://islandsofjoy.blogspot.com for other great…

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Yesterday, Crystal’s reflection on Charles Williams’s The Place of the Lion was featured on The Oddest Inkling webpage, maintained by Inkling scholar Sorina Higgins. Visit the page below to read Crystal’s thoughts on this influential book, which kindled a friendship between Williams and C.S. Lewis and also played a significant role in shaping Lewis’s final installment of the Ransom/cosmic trilogy,…

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Hi folks! My apologies for pausing the Lewis and Women series while I return to work/battle sickness/finish some small projects.  Thank you for you patience as I transition back into my work routine and tweak my writing schedule.  I will post my next installment next week (I promise!). In the meantime, you can head over to http://narniacast.mymiddleearth.com/ and listen to the…

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Photo provided by Amazon.com   I just love dog books.  I have read a wide assortment of “dog stories”, from the uber-popular Marley and Me, to Amazing Gracie, A Dog Named Christmas, Finally Home, and A Dog’s Purpose (in progress).  I generously donate to the ASPCA and own three adopted dogs who serve as my “furry children”.  In fact,  I…

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Photo courtesy of Amazon.com This year, the fiftieth anniversary of Lewis’s death, has been an exceptional one for Lewis scholarship.  First, Alister McGrath’s biography revealed new information about Lewis’s reported conversion date.  This was confirmed by Lewis scholar Andrew Lazo in the latest volume of VII and on First Things. The “Early Prose Joy” manuscript, compared with correspondence between Lewis…

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Week Eight of the C.S. Lewis and Women Series Portrayals in The Pilgrim’s Regress Photo courtesy of Wikipedia.com This week, we will begin a literary exploration of Lewis’s female characters. Lewis’s first fictional prose text was titled The Pilgrim’s Regress, published in 1933.  The story is an allegory of John Bunyan’s The Pilgrim’s Progress, in which John, the protagonist, is fascinated by an “island” and endures…

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Week Seven of the C.S. Lewis and Women Series Joy Davidman (Lewis) Photo courtesy of en.wikipedia.org For a good wife contains so many persons in herself. What was [Joy] not to me? She was my daughter and my mother, my pupil and my teacher, my subject and my sovereign; and always, holding all these in solution, my trusty comrade, friend, shipmate,…

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Week Six of the C.S. Lewis and Women Series Ruth Pitter Photo Courtesy of www.poetryarchive.org An interesting subject, Jack’s views on women. His perceptions were very numinous here as elsewhere. I have thought that losing his mother (cruel loss at age 8, and horribly emphasized by circumstances) must have seemed a black betrayal.  If he was mistrustful of women, it…