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    That's fantastic! I just cleaned out part of my inbox. I guess you didn't have my personal email any longer. I should still have yours, if it's still good. I'll send you a PM.
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    Hi Petrarch, nice to see you back after so long. You were missed.
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    Hey-ho, good to see you again! Yes, I'm in the very final stages of polishing up (and cutting down!) my thesis - I'm hoping to submit sometime in July. Exceedingly busy, but I sort of feel like a prisoner coming to the end of my sentence! How are things with you?
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    Hi Petrarch, it's great to hear from you. I've thought about you a number of times this past year. Hope you've finally completed your degree. The family is doing great. Matthew is wonderful. You can go through my blogs if you wish to read about him and see pictures. I'm probably due for a new one.

    No I'm not really on Lit Net. I never go to the boards. I'm only on the blogs. You might find my participation on this blog interesting:

    And while I'm never on the boards, I was a major contributor to this thread a few months back:

    Hope you're well.
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    I suppose you're off conquering the world, but in case you happen to stop by, I'll serve up a happy birthday.
    I noticed your name on the front page list yesterday.
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    Merry Christmas Petrarch. We haven't spoken in a while. I hope you have a special holiday.

    Here's a present and a card for you.


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    Happy Birthday - hope you have a wonderful day (well, as wonderful as a Monday can be!) and a healthy, happy and successful year ahead.
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    Hello Petrarch

    I've logged in again, and am caught wondering how you are and what kinds of daring intellectual endeavors you're engaged in.

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    Hope you had a wonderful Christmas and wishing you a happy new year!

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England Blog

by Petrarch's Love on 10-16-2009 at 06:24 AM
Not having the time while abroad to keep up two blogs, the post here is to direct any interested parties to the blog I have recently started up about my travels through England. Good for anyone curious to see pictures of England or curious about Katherine Parr, last wife of Henry VIII:


English Food

by Petrarch's Love on 09-24-2009 at 05:31 PM
Hi All--Having a wonderful trip to England and just settled into Oxford where I have spent a heavenly afternoon among the ancient books of Duke Humfrey's Library at the Bodleian. Have been snapping hundreds of pictures on my tour thus far and, bearing in mind the lengthy discussion of foods that has taken place on these forums here http://www.online-literature.com/for...ad.php?t=46567, took some pictures of the local fare as well. Before posting anything so boring as pictures of Parliament

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Updated 09-24-2009 at 05:49 PM by Petrarch's Love


Response to Virgil

by Petrarch's Love on 11-09-2008 at 03:06 PM
My response to Virgil's recent blog entry http://www.online-literature.com/forums/blog.php?b=6743 (itself a response to a post of mine to a recent blog of his) became so lengthy that I felt it was more practical to make it an entry of my own:

Thanks for the response, Virg. First, I realize I came off a little more partisan than I intended when I referred to the Bush years as "divisive." To begin with, you're absolutely right that there have always been disagreements among

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Winter's Tale Part II

by Petrarch's Love on 09-14-2008 at 02:47 PM
[This is a continuation of the previous blog entry, "Winter's Tale" Part I]

The Tragi-Comic
On the one hand Shakespeare is definitely interested in a tragic-comedy blend in this plot, and in a way that directly re-uses material from his own straight tragedies and comedies. For example, both WT and its near predecessor Cymbeline begin with plots very much modeled on Othello, but Othello re-written with a happy ending. One way of understanding Leontesí character

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Winter's Tale part I

by Petrarch's Love on 09-14-2008 at 02:39 PM
These two blog entries are a response to the Winterís Tale discussion going on in the Shakespeare Discussion section of the forums (http://www.online-literature.com/for...ad.php?t=35848). It set out initially as a very short post, but I found myself becoming quite verbose. I thought that people who have either been following the thread, or have read the play before might be interested in the mini-essay I ended up with, so I decided to post it here for perusal. I've only really had a chance

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Updated 09-14-2008 at 02:51 PM by Petrarch's Love