As we move ever more rapidly into the bittersweet final moments of our daughter’s senior year of high school, prom was the highlight of the week. A group of her friends met up for a pre-prom get together where several parents were on the verge of tears contemplating the fact that their children would soon be off to college. There was also much laughter, much love, and much incompetence when it came to the pinning of boutonnieres. 🙂
We think Jade looked stunning, but we are admittedly slightly biased in this regard.
Between the pre-party, prom, the official after-party, and the small after after-party, she got about an hour and a half of sleep. Good practice for those college all-nighters (studying, of course.). Most importantly, she had a grand time!
For three years, our daughter has participated in the Sidwell Friends Upper School dance ensemble. Dance ensemble was her first ever dance experience. It has been the place she has found the most serenity and peace during high school. (Her only regret is that she didn’t start in 9th grade and avoid the trauma of softball.)
This is the last dance recital of her high school career and so I have inexpertly filmed two of her dances from the recital.
Our biggest thanks go to Marie McNair, dance instructor extraordinaire, who provided a haven of support, growth, and encouragement for our daughter!
Heresy by Sharan Newman
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This is the eighth in the Catherine LeVendeur mystery series. Overall, the series is fabulous. It is fabulous not only because of the depth and accuracy of the historical research but also because the series depicts the lives and conditions of Jews during the Middle Ages. This interesting (and often heartbreaking) perspective is unusual, especially for a mystery series, and fascinating. The author doesn’t presume to apologize for the attitudes she describes (and, indeed, there is no apology needed–facts are facts), nor does she attempt to modernize the characters’ outlook.
This particular mystery is interesting because one of the main characters is Astrolabe, the son of Abelard and Heloise. As someone whose mind is not suited to deep philosophical or theological debate (which I discovered when reading Abelard’s writings for a college course many years ago), I was relieved to learn that neither was Astrolabe’s. 🙂
The mystery itself is not the strongest part of this particular book (historical mysteries often have this issue), but the discussion about the religious factions, Astrolabe (and Heloise’s) places in the world, and the ramifications of the Crusade are knowledgeably described and well-integrated into the story.
The main character, Catherine herself, is a delightfully imperfect person, and the secondary characters–all of whom you have gotten to know throughout the series–continue to grow and deepen.
I highly recommend this series and this book. The series is best read in order.
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Friday, April 28 was the last day of classes for the Class of 2017 at Sidwell Friends School. The seniors traditionally celebrate by running through the hallways of the Upper School. Here is their run (courtesy of Marcus):