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When Love is Not Enough

When Love is Not Enough

I’ve been told that love is all you need. It sounds good. I wish it were true. But it’s not true. And it’s a dangerous untruth, at least in my mind. I’ve gone down many a bad road and made many a wrong turn under the misapprehension that love is enough. I’ve stayed in relationships well past their expiration dates and performed many heroic feats of attempted salvation in the hopes of convincing a beloved that love will save the day. Only, sometimes it can’t. Or it won’t. Either way, the disappointment of discovering that love does not conquer all can be absolutely devastating. Why am I thinking such depressing thoughts, you may wonder. Well, I’m still contemplating the experience of reading the entirety of the Vampire Academy series in one fell swoop. It was an utterly marvelous adventure in which I lost myself for hours on end in a… READ MORE

The Divinity of Domestic Goddesses

The Divinity of Domestic Goddesses

I’m still reading the Vampire Academy books by Richelle Mead. And I’m feeling called to comment on her observations about the dichotomy of individuals–mostly female–who seem to fall into two categories: warrior women and domestic goddesses. The heroine of these novels, Rose Hathaway, my girl crush from last week, clearly falls into the first category. But one of the interesting aspects of these books is that Ms. Mead expresses–through Rose–some longing for the ability and inclination to be more oriented to the home and the family. And one element of this theme that runs subtly through the series is the implicit notion that these ways of being are essentially mutually exclusive.  Being a warrior precludes domesticity, maybe especially for women, at least according to Richelle Mead. And I need to give this serious thought. Because I really don’t want to believe that this is true, but, unfortunately, I suspect that… READ MORE

That’s What I’m Talking About

That’s What I’m Talking About

I have a girl crush. I’m a little in love with Rose Hathaway, the badass heroine of Richelle Mead’s YA series, Vampire Academy. Generally, I eschew YA series; I can’t really handle all that teenaged angst, once was certainly enough for me. Nor do I like the high drama over absolutely nothing, especially among the girls, although being the mother of two teenaged boys had taught me that high drama among teenagers is not limited by gender.  And finally, I really don’t appreciate the absence of hot sex scenes in these YA books. I’m all about the chick porn. Having said all of that, however, I also have to say that I have barely been able to tear myself away from these books for the past week. In fact, I’m beginning to wonder if I’m being driven by the kind of compulsion that fuels the magic in Ms. Mead’s interesting,… READ MORE

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