A Brainy Pig

As a change of pace, here’s a poem about a brainy pig, courtesy of Roald Dahl. Enjoy!   The Pig by Roald Dahl In England once there lived a bigAnd wonderfully clever pig.To everybody it was plainThat Piggy had a massive brain.He worked out sums inside his head,There was no book he hadn’t read.He knew […]

Why Everyone Should Be An English Major

As I discovered a few years ago, deciding to get your undergraduate degree in English – especially when you are a student of non-traditional age – is an open invitation for confusion and ridicule. Nobody ever questioned me when I was a marketing major or a business management major or an accounting major or a […]


As I tottered around the Palatial Horvath Estate making preparations to confront Tropical Storm Sandy a/k/a Hurricane Sandy a/k/a “The Storm Of The Century” a/k/a FRANKENSTORM, I thought about labels. What if the storm hadn’t been called anything at all? What if all the weather forecasters had said was “It’s going to rain more than […]

Happy Birthday, Mr. Shakespeare

My friends, I am a total Shakespeare geek. There. I’ve said it. Laugh at me if you will, but I love that little bard. ¬†And lovin’ him ain’t hard. Love sought is good, but given unsought, is better. (Twelfth Night) We don’t really know when Shakespeare was born. His baptism date was April 26, 1564. […]

My Inner Polonius

Literary Thoughts

In the world of fiction, there are two categories. Literary fiction, and everything else. Literary fiction confuses me. There. I’ve said it. I, your hostess, an English Major, am confused by literary fiction. It’s not necessarily the books themselves I find confounding (although, hello! James Joyce anyone?). It’s the definition. What exactly IS literary fiction […]