Jeneric Jeneralities ~ by JenIG

At the compelling of Jay from Cleveland, Methinks I shalt tarry no longer in my derelict blog duties.  Whilst I should fully rather add one anon, I would hardly slight that gallant sir and thus I have taken to the keys with complyishness intent.


I’ve been reading Ivanhoe.  I started reading it so I could sound smart when I brought it up on occassion of seemingly un-planned casual conversation. 

"Oh, is that a new dress?  I’m reading Ivanhoe" 

"Where do you keep the primer paint? Is it Ivan-hover there?".  What I did *not* expect, was that I would enjoy it –much less understand it– in which both cases, I do.  major total bummer. Now I’m going to feel self-obligated to read all the classics lest I have to live with the knowledge that I’m missing out on something.  As if I have time for that.


It all started when I read The Hidden Hand by Eden Southworth, which was entirely Coie’s fault.  I would have never attempted such an old work of literature (with such big words) on my own accord; I only did it so she’d stop badgering me to read the blasted thing.  That’ll teach me to give into family-peer-pressure.

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  1. drewsfamilytx said,

    on November 2nd, 2006 at 11:42 pm

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    I loved Ivanhoe! And there’s a pretty cool old black and white movie on it as well. Oh, and Mutiny on the Bounty was a fav of mine when I was younger…as was the Sherlock Holmes stories. Out of all the “classics” though, I did not like The Iliad or The Odyssey— and The Grapes of Wrath was completely depressing! Good “writing” but depressing story (especially when grandma died).

    Hope you have a great night, my newly literate friend!



  2. Anonymous said,

    on November 3rd, 2006 at 7:54 am

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    A true gift from the Lord via the Bluedorn’s has been their encouragement to read aloud to our children two hours a day absolutely wonderful classics! For years we have used two of their children’s booklists, “The Hand That Rocks the Cradle” by Nathaniel, and “Lives in Print” by Ava. My husband reads from one book at night and I read from another during the day.

    The list of blessings this brings to our family is countless, but knowing big, impressive words in definitely one of them!!!


    Love in Christ,


  3. jayfromcleveland said,

    on November 3rd, 2006 at 9:17 am

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    So it’s all my fault, huh? Figures! I read the Great Illustrated Classics version of Ivanhoe and have always meant to read the “real” book. I love old Sir Walter added even more myth to that period with Robin Hood and King John. After you finish Ivanhoe, go back and read the history of the Magna Carta. Then you’ll feel *real* smart! Have fun at that barn dance, wish we coulda made it.

  4. tatertots said,

    on November 3rd, 2006 at 9:44 am

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    I’ve read that book, I really like it. I hope you’ll stop by soon.


  5. MuckFootMom said,

    on November 3rd, 2006 at 10:11 am

    bah ha ha

    “is it Ivan-hover there?”

    Man, I might have to read it just so I can say that! That is the funniest thing I’ve read today.

    Now if I can just find a solution to the dozing off as soon as I sit down thing …

  6. lynan said,

    on November 3rd, 2006 at 10:31 am

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    So what were you reading before? ;0)

    Dh wants to see a picture of your mutts. Yes, he’s very interested in taking one off your hands. He’d like a male. And can you guarantee he won’t chase deer? (jk)

    Off to make desserts for tomorrow night!

  7. Momwtrmn said,

    on November 3rd, 2006 at 6:28 pm

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    LOL… happy reading!

    Many blessings,


  8. Testimony said,

    on November 3rd, 2006 at 8:21 pm


    I’m impressed that you took the plunge. I really want to try and read the classics, but I am always too busy reading it to my boys. When they are older, I guess I will have more freedom to read a classic.



  9. Stephanie10 said,

    on November 4th, 2006 at 1:01 am


    Ho, ho, I’ve been checking out classics from the library recently. My pretense is to at least skim the books before assigning my oldest daughters to them, but the reality is…I don’t have time! And the girls, being compelled to read all literature sitting innocently abandoned on various living room furniture, have devoured most of what I’ve brought home so far. (Animal Farm, 1984, The Illustrated Man, Fahrenheit 451, Twice-Told Tales, To Kill A Mockingbird, some O’Henry and a little P.G. Wodehouse) My role has been to ask: So, what did you think? And find out as much as I can from them what the book was about. (1984 was unanimously panned.)

    Good for you to actually read the book. Now you will not only astound with your incredible dance moves but with your incredibly intellectual conversation as well.

  10. KarenW said,

    on November 4th, 2006 at 1:56 am

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    I’ve never read Ivanhoe either. Now you’ve got me curious and I’ll have to get my hands on a copy. I am reading Lord of the Rings as our Read Aloud but I don’t find it half as interesting as The Hobbit.

  11. tatertots said,

    on November 4th, 2006 at 7:37 am

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    I’ll tell her, thanks. I hope you’ll stop by again soon.


  12. KimMurphy said,

    on November 4th, 2006 at 7:49 am

    Us moms have to multi-task

    I got 3 words for ya: “books-on-tape!” That got me through the entire Rings Trilogy, and I got my kitchen and living room painted at the same time. “Fahrenheit 451” – kids’ bathroom paint job. So now Ivanhoe, huh? Well, the sunroom is looking pretty dingy….

  13. JenIG said,

    on November 4th, 2006 at 8:14 am

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    is it just me, or are you guys extraordinarily clever this week ? your comments are cracking me up

    I especially liked the … well the bathroom’s looking a little dingy. hahahhaha, you guys kill me.

  14. drewsfamilytx said,

    on November 4th, 2006 at 10:10 am

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    Have fun storming the barn dance, kids!

    I wish I could be there…


  15. cricket313 said,

    on November 4th, 2006 at 11:38 am


    Thanks for posting my thoughts in the recent This Old Schoolhouse publication. It has encouraged me to proofread my writings. I am working on talking in complete sentences and not using the same phrase repeatedly. (i.e. I love this, I love that)


  16. JustGiveMeStarbucks said,

    on November 5th, 2006 at 11:16 am

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    That reminds me of how I wanted to read Jane Eyre a few years ago. I made it my “bedtime reading” and purposed to go through it REAL slow so I would understand it and not miss anything. LOL. Charlotte Bronte wrote with a real richness and if you read it too fast, you will miss something important. Turns out I DID enjoy it, and have even read it again 2 or 3 times since…just for fun. (Really — it’s a beautiful love story.) By the way, here’s a lttle history sidenote for you…did you know that Charlotte Bronte couldn’t stand Jane Austin’s writings? Called them vain and insipid, or something like that. In our current terminology, I think that would be “fluffy”.

    Congrats on reading Ivanhoe. I haven’t done that yet. I have the DVD, though. Haven’t WATCHED it, but I have it!


  17. Leigharev2 said,

    on November 5th, 2006 at 11:31 am

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    I have yet to read ‘Ivanhoe’, but I had a dog once with that name! Enjoy!! 🙂

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