Posts tagged ‘school’

October 7th, 2011

And I Turn In My Assignment, Late

by Madeleine Rex

I AM SO SORRY! I know how horrible it is that my Paranormalcy giveaway ended almost a month ago and I am just now getting around to announcing a winner (let’s blame school again. I should buy a shirt that says, “My dog didn’t eat my homework, so I was up all night doing it). So, I’m turning in this assignment late for half credit. Sorry folks! Here it is…


Here’s how she answered my question, “What makes you a wordbird?””

I guess I’m a new “wordbird” by 2 yrs. because I not only carry books in my purse, but bring them out even during the grocery line. “Yes, I’d like this t-bone steak, carton of eggs, veggies, and large container of cookie dough”! Words are good for the brain. Even if they only involve a good wise short saying to think about and make your day.

Sound familiar, anyone? Congratulations to Kelly, plus a thank you for contributing to the population of wordbirds. The more the merrier!

I also want to take the time to apologize for my spotty posts. Currently, I’m taking a handful of classes that dish out loads of homework each, and I’m feeling the repercussions of it (i.e. exhaustion). I’m so grateful to all of you for sticking around and hope you’re all doing well as this autumn season sets in.

Happy reading!

March 21st, 2011

Novels Are Better Than Textbooks

by Madeleine Rex

Novels are better than textbooks.

I’m fairly sure I’m safe saying textbooks are painfully boring. I apologize to the one person who someday comes across this post that actually finds them riveting. Forgive me and go read a novel.

Textbooks are necessary and useful, certainly, and many would argue that it’s from them that people gain knowledge of the world – both the past and the present. However, as I’ve taken history classes and learned about the histories of particular subjects in other classes, I’ve found that novels have a way of helping us attain knowledge without our knowing it. This concept applies especially to historical fiction but can be found in just about any book.

I’ve experienced this more than ever this year. In English, for instance, we were discussing the time period during which William Shakespeare lived. Who was it that had some bit of previous knowledge regarding religious persecution in England at this time? Me! And all thanks to a book I read years ago, The Secret of the Rose by Sarah L. Thomson. Even better, I already had certain ideas about the state of theater and women’s rights during this period because the book happens to be about a girl dressing as a boy so that she can get a job assisting a playwright at the Rose theater.

Look how nicely that worked out!

Similarly, I was one of the few who knew a bit about the Archduke Franz Ferdinand and other features of World War One when my class dove in a few weeks ago (thanks Leviathan and Rilla of Ingleside).

I’ve spent the last half hour or so working on French vocabulary, and I ran into even more examples of novels lending a hand in my learning. For example:

Belle – Beautiful (Thanks, Gone With the Wind)

Bonne – Good (Thanks, Nancy Drew computer games – and yes, I’m still crediting this to Nancy Drew in general)

Vieil – Old (Thanks, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. If you’re lost and have read the books/seen the movie, I remember this because Sirius dies by literally passing through the veil. People tend to die when they’re old, although I’ll admit this scenario doesn’t fit perfectly. Whatever.)

And then you’ve got jolie (pretty), which I remember because of Angelina Jolie. Oh, well.