Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Read Aloud Revival Podcast!



I had a totally fun and awesomely inspiring time with Sarah Mackenzie of Read Aloud Revival doing a podcast about Chesterton and kids and reading aloud--all my favorite subjects!

You can hear the podcast by clicking here. Let me know what you think!




Read-Aloud Revival with Sarah Mackenzie

Monday, April 3, 2017

Frances Chesterton photograph


During a search of British Newspapers, Dale Ahlquist came across this and sent it to me. I discovered while working on the biography of Frances Chesterton that she had been asked to help found a club called The Lyceum for women who were writers or authors and who had attended college. Here is the picture that goes with that story! Frances has the fur collar (a frequent item in her dress) and is standing behind, second from the left, dark hat. The year is 1904. It was founded by Constance Smedley, sitting in front of Frances. (Click on the photo to enlarge and see it better.)

Monday, January 23, 2017

Milwaukee Chesterton Academy Gala

I was honored and privileged to be able to speak at the gala for the Milwaukee Chesterton Society last weekend.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Frances Chesterton Talk

In this talk, I concentrate on Frances Chesterton's literary ancestry, and how it helped propel G.K. Chesterton into stardom. We also discuss Frances' sister-in-law Ada Jones, as well as a number of famous literary figures of the eighteenth, nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Milwaukee: Come to the Grand Gala!

Milwaukee--you are in for a treat!

Yes, it's me. I'll be at my wittiest, my funniest, and my best for the second annual Chesterton Academy Gala! See the pdf here.

Jokes, laughter, tears, fun; it's going to be a night of music and joy as we celebrate the Chesterton Academy of Milwaukee, and their wonderful classical education high school based on the ideas of G.K. Chesterton. Only it's second year, this school is growing fast and strong. You can find out much more about the school here.

I'm super excited, and I hope if you live in the area, you'll make a reservation today!

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

A Friend goes to EWTN

Back in grade school, I had many friends. One of my friends was a girl named Margaret. I remember her well as a kid who was always smiling and laughing.

Margaret and I used to play on the playground, with all the other girls, horsing around as much as you could in a school uniform. We went to St. Philip Neri in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (sadly, now permanently closed), and we were both Schoenstatt girls. In fact, St Philip was a Schoenstatt parish, and we were fortunate to have a beautiful chapel on the property to which we could duck in from time to time. The chapel cool on a hot day, and silent.

One day during recess in fifth grade, Margaret and I were goofing around and we were running together except that Margaret was running forward and I was running backwards. I tripped over something and fell back hard on my head (this may explain a lot about me :-)). I ended up with a trip to the emergency room and a big fat scar on the back of my head, as a constant reminder of that day.

Many years have passed, and imagine my surprise when I found out that popular writer and award winning author Marge Fenelon is that same girl.  I was pleased to see she appeared on Women of Grace, and I think you will really enjoy her interview.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Is Harry Potter Still Relevant?

Sometimes, I do ask myself this question. Abe Books asked it, too, and answered it here.
You can find my book about Harry Potter in eBook format here. My recent discussion of all things Harry with Fountains of Carrots is here. Thanks!