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    The Villain I Love to Hate

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    Note: This was originally published on the Romancing the Genres blog. Check it out at https://romancingthegenres.blogspot.com. I don’t read a lot of books with stereotypical villains who laugh demonically and have evil plans to take over the world. But I know one villain I love to hate: Lady Catherine de Bourgh in Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice.  Like many villains, Lady Catherine sees herself as the heroine of her story. She does what she thinks is right, for herself and her family. But her arrogance and prejudice make her a great opponent for our real heroine, Elizabeth Bennet. Lady Catherine has…

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    Seward, Alaska

    Last month, my husband and I celebrated our anniversary in Seward, Alaska. Let me tell you a little about this remarkable town. The Seward area of the Kenai Peninsula was originally frequented by the indigenous Alutiiq people as part of…

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    Alaska and the 4th of July

    This is a reprise from a 2013 post on this blog. Happy Independence Day! Historically, Alaskans are big on celebrating the 4th of July. Even before we became a state, territorial residents made a point of partying on Independence Day.…

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    Pride Month 2020

    So nice to have something to celebrate in this terrible year: on June 15, 2020, the U. S. Supreme Court ruled that sexual orientation and identity  are covered under the sex discrimination employment law. We’re a step closer to justice…