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Lessons in Wifery from Anna Karenina

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The Unequal Marriage by Vasili PukirevLeo Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina famously begins, “Happy families are all alike. Every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.” Tolstoy weaves together the storyline of one happy family and one unhappy family through the protagonists Constantine Levine and Anna Karenina. Through Levine (and his eventual wife Kitty) and Anna, Tolstoy shows us what love can add to—and take away from—an ordinary, human life. And through both Kitty and Anna, we see how each choice a woman makes leads to her eventual happiness or downfall. Read the rest of this entry

Experimental Wifery’s Guide to the 100 Films Every Woman Should See

Great stories change lives, whether in print or on screen. The stories of other women affect the ways we dress, speak, behave and the expectations we have for our own lives. Experimental Wifery’s Guide to the 100 Films Every Woman Should See is a list of those stories that will help us become better women and wives. Read the rest of this entry

100 Films Every Woman Should See, Part Four

We strongly recommend you start with Experimental Wifery’s Guide to the 100 Films Every Woman Should See. You can find a complete list of all 100 films in chronological order, as well as recommendations by phase of life. Read the rest of this entry

“To My Dear and Loving Husband”

Early pilgrim writer Anne Bradstreet was the first published female poet in the New World. She left her father’s aristocratic English home to follow her husband and their shared religious vision to Massachusetts in 1630.

During her husband’s frequent business trips, Anne deeply missed him. Her poems about him reflect a deep, spiritual connection and a romance most Puritan couples tried to spurn. Anne recognized her marriage as a central part of her vocation and loving her family as her way to love God.

At this time of year when we give thanks, it seems only fitting to share a poem about a woman who feels as thankful for her husband as I am for mine. Read the rest of this entry

Can’t Wait for Christmas? 8 Holidays to Celebrate before December 25

Christmas is a “season” in many Christian churches that lasts, not from the beginning of November until Christmas day, but from Christmas Day until the Feast of the Epiphany on January 6. In those Christian traditions, the weeks leading up to Christmas are part of Advent, a period of fasting and reflection in preparation for the holiday. Read the rest of this entry

“The Female of the Species Is More Deadly Than the Male”

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Some have called Rudyard Kipling’s poem sexist, but I think “The Female of the Species Is More Deadly Than the Male” celebrates some of the greatest gifts biology gave me as a woman.

Women have that great power, not just because we are necessary for bearing and raising children, but also because we are the ones responsible for defending the family. And I’m proud to be the member of a sex that I have observed, time and again, look for practical solutions to keep our families fed, warm, and safe where men look for abstract principals. Read the rest of this entry

10 Great Books for Girls Written During Their Lifetimes

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I’m too young to have adolescent or teenage girls, but I do teach them. And I know that, for some of them, a “classic” book is just too old to be appealing. Just because they won’t pick up Little Women or The Secret Garden doesn’t mean they have to miss out on beautiful, well-written, and affirmational books. These ten great novels written during the last ten years are timeless stories for you and your daughter to enjoy together. Read the rest of this entry