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The Hobbit 8 | Flies and Spiders

by Glenn on September 18, 2019

1 | An Unexpected Party Bilbo Baggins, a hobbit, is approached by Gandalf, a wizard, to participate in an adventure. He attempts to refuse, politely as you must with a wizard, but is lured into the enterprise when, the next (…)

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The Hobbit 7 | Queer Lodgings

by Glenn on September 10, 2019

Poor Bilbo. He wakes up “with the early sun in his eyes” and being a creature of routine expects to get up, check the time, and “put his kettle on” just like at home, except he’s not at home. He’s (…)

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The Hobbit 6 | Out of the Frying-Pan Into the Fire

by Glenn on September 6, 2019

This is the story of a hobbit named Bilbo Baggins. Two chapters previous, his journey took him underground (not by choice) when he and his companions were captured by goblins. That chapter ended with him falling off the dwarf who (…)

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The Hobbit 5 | Riddles in the Dark

by Glenn on September 2, 2019

The previous chapter was a cliff-hanger. In an escape from goblins, Bilbo fell and bumped his head. Now Bilbo wakes up. “When Bilbo opened his eyes, he wondered if he had; for it was just as dark as with them (…)

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The Hobbit 4 | Over Hill And Under Hill

by Glenn on August 31, 2019

1 | An Unexpected Party A group of thirteen dwarves including their leader, Thorin Oakenshield, have, somehow, gained an association with a wizard, Gandalf, who has agreed to help them in their quest to take back a large pile of (…)

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The Hobbit 3 | A Short Rest

by Glenn on August 23, 2019

Where we are: 1. A wizard, Gandalf, recruited a hobbit, Bilbo, to be part of an adventure involving thirteen dwarves who seek gold taken from their people by a dragon. Bilbo is both repulsed by and attracted to the idea (…)

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The Hobbit 2 | Roast Mutton

by Glenn on August 22, 2019

When chapter 2 opens, it’s the morning after thirteen dwarves and the wizard, Gandalf, had invaded the home of Bilbo Baggins and recruited him to be a burglar on their gold-seeking adventure. This is a job for which Bilbo seems (…)

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The Hobbit 1 | An Unexpected Party

by Glenn on August 21, 2019

I haven’t read The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien for a number of years. My last time was twelve or more years ago when I was teaching an English class at a boarding school and my students and I read it (…)

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How to be funny with Charles Duhigg featuring Gary Gulman

by Glenn on August 20, 2019

I came across a podcast called “How to! with Charles Duhigg”. The premise is that someone asks Duhigg how to do something and he finds someone who can explain how to do it. In the episode titled, “How To Be (…)

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Stanford Women’s Volleyball | Looking Back and Forward

by Glenn on August 15, 2019

The NCAA Women’s Volleyball season begins soon. It’s a three-act play: Act I: Pre-Conference. Figuring things out with your team and setting the stage for the main action that follows.* Act II: The Conference Season. League play, the goal of (…)

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A Month of Reflection | 9 | The Role of Women in the Church

by Glenn on November 21, 2018

Not exactly a reflection on a book. I have read (once) and listened to (twice) Dr. Jordan B. Peterson’s 12 Rules for Life, but I think I’ve spent an equal amount of time listening to Dr. Peterson talk via the (…)

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A Month of Reflection | 8 | The Bourne Identity

by Glenn on November 16, 2018

I finished listening to The Bourne Identity one morning last week while making the spaghetti sauce for the evening’s dinner. I think I’ve read this novel more (this is at least the fourth time) than any other. This was the (…)

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