So, Why HumanitiesAttic?

I chose to call this site an attic because I plan for it to be a random assortment of various topics from the humanities.  I think of it as a giant space where I can collect various “boxes” filled with different types of humanities.  Just like a real attic, I expect I’ll end up with... Continue Reading →

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Merry Christmas!

Then an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for see—I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people: to you is born this day in the city of David... Continue Reading →

Truth vs. Truth

Have you ever stopped to think about the word “truth”?  I like to tell my students that it’s one of “those” words—words that everyone thinks they have the complete definition for; while, in reality, they may be missing part of the story.  Even the Webster’s definition is complicated: A    (1) : the body of real things,... Continue Reading →

What is a Travelogue?

A travelogue has traditionally been defined as a written account of travel.  By the latter half of the twentieth century, this definition had extended to include movies dealing with travel and travel lectures, complete with projected images.  Things generally included in travelogues include physical descriptions of the buildings, landscape, food, and people being experienced by... Continue Reading →

The Sublime?

I visited Sanibel Island recently; and as usual I was struck by just how beautiful the island is.  I would even say that it is sublime; and that got me to thinking about just what the word sublime really means.  It seems to be that it is one of those words that people may use... Continue Reading →

The Garden of Miss Austen

Chawton Cottage is the house where Jane Austen spent her last years—and where she wrote many of her novels.  The house is really a “cottage” in name only.  It contains six bedrooms, as well as various other rooms.  It belonged to her much wealthier brother—one of many dwellings he owned—and he renovated it for the... Continue Reading →

Donna and Mona

La Donna Velata and the Mona Lisa—these two Renaissance ladies have graced the art world with their presences since the 1500’s.  One painted by Raphael on canvas and the other painted by Da Vinci on paneling—they can both tell us a lot about the time in which they were painted and the way in which... Continue Reading →

Tea Garden Timeline in Britain and Japan

1568 Two new types of gardens arose in Japan, influenced heavily by the tea ceremony:  the tea garden and the stroll garden (Keane 169). The tea garden, or Chaniwa, was created out of a desire to move the tea ceremony away from formal halls and into a more natural setting.  The style tended to be open—despite... Continue Reading →

What is a Garden Grotto?

The term grotto is derived from the Old Italian grotta, which is itself from the Late Latin crypta for “vault” or “cavern.”  Crypta in turn has its origins in the Greek krypte, meaning “hidden place” (“Grotto”).  The Greeks believed that the world was created by a union of the god of the sky and the... Continue Reading →

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