In Chapter 21 of Anne of Green Gables, Anne's school teacher leaves town (byeeeee Professor Patriarchy!) and a new minister and his wife, Mr. and Mrs. Allan, arrive. Mr. Allan prays like he means it, and Mrs. Allan, who assumes the role of teacher, actually welcomes questions? Anne can't wait for the couple to visit Green Gables and is eager to bake a cake for her new kindred spirit, but she fears something is going to go wrong. (Spoiler alert...something does.)
In today's reflections, I think about the importance of asking questions and holding authority figures accountable; how silence on the part of people like Marilla upholds the status quo; and how Anne can inspire us to be not only better individuals, but better citizens of the world.
Chapter reading: 0:14 - 17:18
Reflections on the chapter: 17:22 - 32:56
In Chapter 20 of Anne of Green Gables, it's springtime and everything is coming up roses, except for the spruce grove which, in Anne's imagination, is now absolutely teeming with ghosts, goblins, ghouls and all manner of dreaded "white things." Will Anne have the courage to journey through the Haunted Wood to fetch an apron pattern for Marilla? Will she survive the harrowing trip? And for the love of mayflowers, will Marilla ever tell Anne how much she loves her?
Chapter reading: 0:14 - 11:19
Reflections on the chapter: 11:23 - 18:28
In Chapter 19 of Anne of Green Gables, Diana invites Anne to a late night concert and sleepover at her house for her birthday. Anne can't wait to have the honor of spending the night in the Barrys' spare room, like a proper guest. But when Diana and Anne go barreling into the spare room and dive onto the bed, they find someone under the covers. Who did Anne and Diana unwittingly attack in their sleep? And will this person react with good humor...or will she vow to take out her wrath on the Barry family?
In today's episode, I'm talking to Khay Muhammad about her journey of becoming the yoga teacher she is today. Khay and I talk about her childhood growing up in the urban landscape of Newark, New Jersey, spending long days with her father in Branch Brook Park and learning about her connection to nature. We also talk about her experiences taking yoga classes for the first time in Brooklyn during her early post-grad years, and why her first yoga class "sucked." Khay explains why inclusivity is so important to her teaching style, and how she's found more freedom to bring her full self to her classes teaching virtually from her home.
You can learn more about Khay and today's episode on the Shownotes page.
In Chapter 18 of Anne of Green Gables, Anne and Matthew are enjoying a cozy winter evening at home, while Marilla, Mrs. Lynde, and many other Avonlea residents (including both doctors...which seems like a bad idea, in hindsight) are off at a political rally a few towns over. Diana comes flying to Green Gables in tears, because her baby sister has fallen sick and the babysitter is totally clueless about croup. Matthew races off to find a doctor while Anne hurries to the Barry household to take care of Minnie May. Will Anne save Minnie's life? And might this act be enough to melt the icy heart of Mrs. Barry?
Chapter reading: 0:14 - 16:26
Reflections on the chapter: 16:30 - 25:11
In Chapter 17 of Anne of Green Gables, Diana tells Anne she loves her and the two share a tearful goodbye, though their souls will of course commune forevermore. Anne returns to school, and the rivalry between her and Gilbert heats up. Who will get top marks on the next exam? Will Anne ever master decimals? And will Anne's love for Diana truly prove inextinguishable?
Chapter reading: 0:14 - 10:39
Reflections on the chapter: 10:42 - 19:03
In Chapter 16 of Anne of Green Gables, Anne invites Diana over for tea and Diana ends up stumbling home drunk as a skunk. What was up with that raspberry cordial that Anne served her, and will Mrs. Barry ever forgive Diana's bosom friend?
Chapter reading: 0:14 - 19:12
Reflections on the chapter: 19:17 - 26:06
In Chapter 15 of Anne of Green Gables, Anne starts school, so you know we're in for a wild ride! After an uneventful but enjoyable first few weeks, Gilbert Blythe pulls Anne's braid and calls her "Carrots," and let's just say he ends up with a slate tablet broken over his head. Will Anne ever forgive Gilbert? Will she return to school? And will her creepy teacher stop hitting on his sixteen-year-old student long enough to teach the class?
Chapter reading: 0:14 - 26:56
Reflections on the chapter: 26:59 - 38:33
Lauren and Hannah share some of the wisdom they've taken from the books and authors that they devote so much time to--authors like Jane Austen, Charlotte Brontë, Elizabeth Gaskell and Louisa May Alcott.