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Sunday Afternoon in Some Places

Mar
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Me, yesterday. On a horse. In a barn. At an amateur team penning event. It wasn’t one of my horses–I was there with a friend and it was her horse. I went to watch, really, swear. She talked me into getting on the horse, then she talked me into going in the pen. I think she just wanted a good laugh. For those of you who don’t know (which included me till yesterday), the way this works is there are like 10 steers in a chute. Two riders go in on their horses and move the steers from the chute out into the pen. (I was great at this part!) Then you team up to move the steers back into the chute one at a time in the right order. The steers have numbers on them. The one at a time thing didn’t work out so well for me. Neither did the “in the right order” part. I was completely out of control of the situation, and I think my partner just gave up. The steers put themselves back in the chute three or four at a time. I announced I was multi-tasking! And luckily the horse was really calm and put up with me. I won’t even go into the story about what happened when I rode that same horse bareback the night before. It would be too embarrassing. (As if the story I’m telling here isn’t embarrassing enough.)

I didn’t really get any good pictures–it was inside and there was a lot of motion going on. But this will give you the idea, with some people doing it right.
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I don’t know if I’ll try that again–I wasn’t sure I’d try it the first time! But it was a fun way to pass a Sunday afternoon. And different! I surprised myself that I tried it. I texted Morgan later and told her about it and she wrote back, “WHAT?”

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Calling All Janeites

Mar
17

Morgan is working on a research paper for one of her classes at WVU. As part of her research, she asked if she could post on my blog to pose some questions to those of you who may have an interest in her subject, Jane Austen. Morgan is an avid fan of Jane Austen’s work. If you have any knowledge or opinions, please help! You can respond to her in the comments or send your comments to her email address below.

From Morgan:

As many of you may know, I entered college in the fall. This semester I have English 102 and the class has been themed around fandoms. We were supposed to pick one “fandom” and research it for the semester and I chose the Jane Austen Fandom, the Janeites. The overarching theme I’ve chosen to follow is how class influenced the characters in the novels and how we as readers personally responded to that. Due to my mother’s blog I have direct access to possible readers of Jane Austen and I am taking advantage of that opportunity for primary research, an idea my teacher loved. What I am asking of you is that I would like for you to tell me how Jane Austen’s novels have made you reflect on your role in society and how it has personally impacted you. I would also like for you to think about how your experience with class in today’s society is mirrored in Jane Austen’s England.

You can either respond in the comments here or you can respond privately to my email: mlmcminn@mix.wvu.edu.

Since I know it’s been a painful amount of time since you last gazed at my glorious face I have included a picture of me with my books I’m going to use for research.
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Thank you!

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