I am a lover of beauty, people, and getting to the heart of things.
Sometimes when subjects are hard to define, a writer will start with what the subject is not. This blog is not truly a literature blog, a history blog, a Christian blog, a philosophical blog, or a daily life journal. Yet, I will write under all of these categories at one given time or another. This blog will is something of a personal essay blog, wherein I will explore literature, theology, philosophy, societal trends, and personal stories, all unified under a search for meaning, truth, beauty, and what is good in this world. I may cover sorrowful topics in the course of these explorations (what inquiry into the human condition is not tinged with pain?), but I will not leave my audience without hope.
(Unless perhaps, my cynicism gets the better of me. Scold me if that happens.)
It is called Gaude. Gaude is a Latin imperative word meaning “Rejoice!” I chose this word because:
- I want this blog to ultimately be a place of rejoicing. I want to find whatever is true, and noble, and lovely, and think on these things. I want to find light, even when the darkness is great.
- Saying, “Rejoice!” does not evoke the contemplation this blog entails. It makes me think of Christmas.
- The look and sound (GOW-deh) of the Latin word evoke a sense of awe, history, and timelessness.
- Honestly, it is inspired by one of Dorothy Sayers’ mystery novels, titled The Gaudy Night. When I first came across this title, I thought it was lovely, but it made me think of something ridiculously extravagant, like a night covered over in stars, glittering galaxy dust, auroras, and blazing comets. Something too much. However, as is demonstrated in the novel, “gaudy” is a term used at British universities to mean “celebratory.” One attends a “gaudy”–a party or a feast. Or one can have a “gaudy” night–a night of merry-making. At Oxford, in particular, alumni reunions complete with formal dinners and events to attend, are called gaudies.
Professionally, I am a teacher, specifically of theatre, and I spent 6 years studying theatre history in graduate school for an M.A. and a Ph.D. My focus was in Medieval Studies, but it was hard to have to narrow that focus down to one time period, for I am interested in all of history. Other periods, such as Ancient Greece, Early Church/Late Antiquity, Renaissance/Early Modern, the Romantic Era, 19th Century, and first half of the 20th Century also excite me as much as the Medieval period does.
On a more basic level, I am a Midwesterner living in Indiana with my Philadelphia-born husband. We are sensible people.
He manages the budget. I make sure we eat up our leftovers.