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By: crystal

My next contribution on All Nine Muses is now posted!  Go and check it out! http://allninemuses.wordpress.com/2012/10/28/the-extraordinary-phenomenon-audens-musee-des-beaux-arts/ Stay updated with the Muses at All Nine, including Kelly’s inspiring dose of Mid-Week Muse.  Don’t forget to spread the love via bookmark, comments, Twitter and Facebook.  And tell your friends! Bookmark:  http://allninemuses.wordpress.com/

By: crystal

“Yes, we saw a dog”, the neighbor child affirmed with wide eyes. She and her brother were out playing when my husband approached, inquiring if they had seen a dog. He was sweaty and gasping for breath; it was his third trek around our neighborhood.  No, he did not implement a new and strenuous exercise plan… Lucy escaped the house again. But let us back up…

By: crystal

The video above shows a white blood cell following and then eliminating a Staphylococcus aureus. Notice how relentless the white blood cell is until it captures the “prey”. It’s hard to believe that when we feel under the weather with colds and flus, this very action takes place in our bodies. As we sip chicken soup and boost stock for…

By: crystal

The month of October is full of milestones for me.  First and foremost, it is my Mom’s birthday.  She will be turning 29 (wink, wink), and I am so incredibly grateful for her.  She sacrificed a career to stay home and raise me.  What more can someone give than his/her life to ensure that another will succeed?  Every time I…

By: crystal

William O’Flaherty of the “All About Jack” podcast just posted an interview featuring Crystal and her discussion of C.S. Lewis’ essay “Willing Slaves of the Welfare State” as part of the Essay Chat series. Check it out here: http://allaboutjack.podomatic.com/player/web/2012-10-01T00_00_00-07_00 Become a subscriber to the “All About Jack” podcast and catch the latest news on all things Lewis/Inklings!! Bookmark: http://allaboutjack.podomatic.com/

By: crystal

I am beyond excited to announce that I have joined the talented scribblers at All Nine Muses!!!  Below is the link to my first post: http://allninemuses.wordpress.com/2012/09/24/the-art-of-reconciliation/ I am incredibly grateful to head Muse, poetess, and writer extraordinaire Mrs. Kelly Belmonte for her indispensible friendship and guidance.  I am in awe of these amazing writers!  It is a dream come true to join…

By: crystal

The book of Genesis tells us that Adam and Eve are our first parents.  Adam was alone in the utopia of Eden, so God borrowed a rib and made Eve.  The couple then rule unfettered over the land and beasts in Eden, but are prohibited from taking fruit from one specific tree: the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. …

By: crystal

Back when I was in college, a romantic film was released in theaters which chronicled an angel’s quest to become human. Angel Seth falls figuratively (and later literally) for a human physician named Maggie Rice.  Seth is jealous of Maggie’s ability to taste the rich juices of an apple, to inhale the fragrance of the autumn leaves, to enjoy all of the ecstacies…

By: crystal

During his final interview in May 1963, C.S. Lewis claimed that his role in his own conversion was surprisingly passive.  One simply makes a decision to follow Christ, but Lewis sees his conversion more as a recognition of “being chosen”, not necessarily of “choosing”.  “I was glad afterwards at the way it came out,” Lewis admits, “but at the moment what…

By: crystal

A couple of weeks ago, I corresponded with my friend and fellow scribbler Kelly Belmonte (http://allninemuses.blogspot.com/) about changing the direction for this blog.  I felt that my inspiration was running dry, a side effect of juggling work and life.  I have been fascinated by the poetry of C.S. Lewis for some time, and thus wished to dive more deeply into his…