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Block Twenty-Three: Girl’s Joy

Girl's Joy Barbara Brackman Fight For Womens Rights Quilt Grandmother's ChoiceI need to quickly upload my photo and add a very brief narrative of the block which is also called Maiden’s Delight.

I suppose in the dumbing down process of the English language, maiden translates to girl, and delight equals joy – that seems simple enough.

But… once upon a time, I remember sitting in my truck, absolutely dumbstruck, while listening to an NPR program – unbelievable!  Somebody had come up with the bright idea to re-write Little Women by Louisa May Alcott in what they decided was a more user-friendly language.  A language that young girls of the late 20th century could better understand.

My guess is that there were too many words of more than one syllable for this person’s liking.

There was one stand-out idea for reworking Alcott’s book – scrapping Beth’s death scene and starting again from scratch – because what young girl of today would understand the allegory of Beth’s little wild birds flying away?  (I think it was at this point that my jaw dropped.)  Seriously?

I did a kind of hit-and-run internet search and couldn’t find anything except a few Cliff’s Notes versions, so hopefully the author couldn’t find a publishing house to pick up the book.  Either that or the book was published, but it so badly tanked sales-wise, that we’ve been able to erase it from our collective memories.

Thankyoulittlebabyjesus!

I’ll leave you with those semi-snarky thoughts because I’m bound for the barn.  I’m needing a shovel and a few tools – there’s a wee issue with a leaky frost-free hydrant that needs sorting out.  Oh wait, I was going to tell you why today’s block related to my ramblings on Little Women.

Did you know that Louisa May Alcott was a strong supporter of women’s suffrage, and that she was the first woman to register to vote in Concord, Massachusetts?

And lastly – or finally, depending on your point of view – if you’ve not read Little Women, no matter your age, do yourself a favor and read it.  Do your daughters a favor as well, give them your copy when you’re finished – or better yet, read it together.

Headshot of Louisa May Alcott

Here are some Louisa May Alcott sources you might find interesting:

Encyclopaedia Britannica

Wikipedia

Orchard House

Obituary (from the New York Times)

Mental Soundtrack Courtesy Of R.E.M.

maya2Christmas week already.  The end of the Mesoamerican Long Count Calendar has come and gone, and the world as we know it didn’t explode with a neo-Hollywood FX big bang, nor did it wink out of existence with a tired little squeak.

Oh, those crazy Mayans – I do hope they were able to anticipate the misinterpretation of their calculations, and got some enjoyment out of their little prank (insert Mayan chortle here).  I’m really enjoying  the mental image of a crowd of doom shouters desperately seeking last minute Christmas gifts.

Are you looking for a last minute gift for that reader on your list?  You might consider B-Sides And Broken Hearts by Caryn Rose.  If the title for today’s post didn’t get the music playing in your head (come on – you know which song I’m talking about, don’t you?), then I guarantee that with B-Sides, you will have a mental soundtrack blasting from the first page to the last.

2012 has had some low points, both Dick Clark and Twinkies died (well played, Mayans).  Want more?  How about a remake of Total Recall?  But here’s the nadir – Encyclopædia Britannica has decided to discontinue issuing a bound edition (sigh).  I really love eBooks, but THE encyclopædia?  Anathema!

I don’t have a Grandmother’s Choice block for show and tell this weekend – I have half of a block.  I spent a huge chunk of yesterday fiddling around with color combinations and that’s about it.  When I have the block finished, it will have to be another twofer, or maybe even a threefer post.  I’m feeling very lazy, possibly because the insanity of ringing in the New Year is just around the corner, and the thought of everyone trying to make and keep resolutions just wears me out.

Okay, color me lazy and jaded.

I have made some progress in the design department for a final layout of the Grandmother’s Choice quilt – it’s all about the borders at this point.  Just click here to see where I’ve landed border-wise.

Nothing else going on in my world, so I’ll close with this wish: that everyone has a low-stress holiday, one that’s filled with peace, that you are surrounded by friends and family, and that you enjoy a liberal sprinkling of warm and fuzzy moments.  — Jo

P.S.  If you didn’t figure it out, here’s the video.