Wednesday, March 01, 2006
I have "Grace in Thine Eyes"!
A new Liz Curtis Higgs book is always an event for me, and I've looked forward to this book ever since I finished Whence Comes a Prince. Grace in Thine Eyes continues the series in which Higgs has very creatively-- but wonderfully convincingly--set the Jacob/Leah/Rachel story in Scotland in the 17- and 18-hundreds.
Grace in Thine Eyes is the story of Davina McKie, the daughter of Jamie and Leana McKie. (Their Biblical counterparts? Jacob, Leah and daughter Dinah.)
Of course, setting her story in Scotland in 1808 means some necessary changes from the Biblical story on which it's based, but the connection is clear.
I've thoroughly enjoyed the first three books in this series, and I can't wait to interview Liz again on March 23rd. You can read a transcript of my last interview with her here.
And speaking of Scotland...
Today is whuppity scoorie day!
Boy, do those Scots know how to celebrate! Apparently, whuppity scoorie is how Lanark, Scotland celebrates the arrival of springtime.
By the way, we have our own Lanark here in Illinois. No word as to whether they'll be celebrating whuppity scoorie today, though.
Do you know more about the Simpsons than you do your own freedoms?
This from AP: "Americans' knowledge of 'The Simpsons' apparently exceeds what they know about the First Amendment.
Only about one in four Americans can name more than one of
the five freedoms guaranteed by the First Amendment -- Freedom of
speech, religion, press, assembly and petition for redress of
But more than half of Americans can name at least two
members of the fictional cartoon family.
That's according to a survey by the new McCormick Tribune
Freedom Museum in Chicago.
The survey found that while 69 percent of people could name
freedom of speech as a First Amendment right, just under one out
of four people could name freedom of religion."
More on the museum here.