You're here for one of two reasons (probably.) Either you've been reading the cultural commentary, or the British detectives stuff. As you can imagine, the two topics don't always mesh tremendously well, but happily, you can filter through them by following my Tumblr Murder! 'Orrible Murder! for the detectives, and my Facebook page for the cultural commentary.
So, back to me.
If I had to name one author who's had the greatest impact on my life, I'd have to say J.R.R. Tolkien. The Lord of the Rings is my all-time favorite book. I grew up holding fast to the sentiment that "There's some good in this world, and it's worth fighting for." Unknowingly, I aligned myself with the ideology of the Christian patriot (as Tolkien did purposefully). I discovered that idea in the marvelous book Orthodoxy, by G.K. Chesterton.
The world is not a lodging-house at Brighton, which we are to leave because it is miserable. It is the fortress of our family, with the flag flying on the turret, and the more miserable it is the less we should leave it. The point is not that this world is too sad to love or too glad not to love; the point is that when you do love a thing, its gladness is a reason for loving it, and its sadness a reason for loving it more.I've quoted that passage so many times that my readers (all two or three of them) must be sick of it by now, but in many ways, it completely summarizes my philosophy. I refuse to cave to pessimism or optimism. This world is a fixer-upper. We're here to do the fixing.
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Anyway...in a nutshell, come here to hear much talk about politics, religion, murder mysteries, writing, and Chesterton. I am Hannah Long, and it tends to take me a Longish time to say things...