In a time when society in both America and Europe were experiencing economic growth and the pursuit of wealth, there was also a rise in spirituality. Maugham presents a sense of superficial elitism when he first introduces Elliott Templeton who is as snobbish as one gets. We then meet Isabel, Elliott’s niece who has been raised to expect a high standard of living. She embraces this superficial outlook and rejects Larry because of his lack of social conformity. Out of all the characters in The Razor’s Edge Elliott is by far the best representation of the elitist mindset of that period in American and European society. Continue reading “American and European Society in The Razor’s Edge”→
Have you ever pondered the past and wondered how you never knew that someone was interested in you? This happened to me very recently, and I can’t figure out how I never knew. Was it that I never noticed or that he wasn’t very clear about his intentions?
I’ll fill you in just a bit here. I am one of those people who keep in touch with about a third of my high school classmates on FaceBook. I keep in touch, somewhat sparingly, with some and much more often with others. So, without naming names, I’ll tell you that the little chat box popped up with a “free hug” meme from a guy I graduated with. This guy was someone I always liked in high school but never thought any more about our relationship passed the friendship stage. He was a football player. I was just a girl. Nothing special–just a girl who didn’t really fit into any specific group of kids. Continue reading “Things you never knew or simply never noticed.”→
If you love nature as much as I do you’ll love Chimney Rock State Park which is a North Carolina state park in Chimney Rock, Rutherford County, North Carolina. When I was much younger, in my early twenties, I had the opportunity to visit this park. My family and I hiked the outcroppings trail with its signature 315-foot spire that overlooks Hickory Nut Gorge and Lake Lure. The ascent up the wooden steps that make up this trail leads you to the 535-million-year-old monolith for which the Park is named. It is one of the most iconic sites in North Carolina. This granite outcropping is on the edge of the Blue Ridge Mountains and truly takes your breath away. Continue reading “A Mountain of Inspiration”→