Friday, March 21, 2014

Nap Time

Hello to one and all.

We have a bit of news.

Blaire and I have mulled over and discussed it for a while now, and so we've decided to take a finite hiatus from the blog for a bit.

It won't be forever.

We want the quality of work on the blog to be astoundingly awesome and at the present moment we do not have the ability to do that, what with school work, spring sports, finals, AP exams, the SAT, and other necessary activities.

We love the blogosphere SO MUCH, but we want to write with fresh eyes.

So, WE WILL BE BACK!

But we are just breaking for now.

We thank you for your understanding and will be back before you know it.

Have a wonderful Spring!

Yours,
The Girls of American Girl Collage

Friday, March 14, 2014

The American Girls Collection: Heritage Matters

Since we're on the topic of heritage (yea Ireland!) (heritage: from the Latin "heri" meaning "yesterday") we have decided to do another American Girls Collection post-this one about the dolls' roots.

This is a bit different from the "Family Ties" post, as this post is more about the dolls' traditions, customs and past than about their interpersonal relationships.

So, without further ado, we present:
The American Girls Collection: Heritage Matters

                                   Every doll in the Historical Character Collection represents a diverse culture, and so it was difficult to find the top three dolls who represent their family and their time, as well as their unique and valued traditions. Their books can be found in public and school libraries as well as at booksellers and American Girl Shops and online. Kaya's books are by Janet Shaw. Addy's are by Connie Porter. Josefina's are by Valerie Tripp.

 Kaya'aton'my is a Nez Perce Native American growing up in 1764. Despite the encroachment by white settlers, the Nez Perce tribe continued to celebrate their heritage, and do up until this very day. They have a pretty spiffy website (www.NezPerce.org) that has events, history and other information to find out more.

Addy Walker is a runaway slave who journeys from North Carolina to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1864. She escaped bondage with her mother as they came North to be Freedwomen. Addy's full name is Aduke, which is Yoruba for "much loved". Addy is frequently featured in our "American Girls Collection" posts because her stories are so multi-layered,

Josefina Montoya is a Hispanic girl growing up in New Mexico in 1824. She lives with her padre and sisters on a ranchero. Though New Mexico was at that time part of Mexico, Americanos were trading more and more frequently with the other Europeans and Native Americans who lived in the Southwest. Josefina's family kept old traditions (like the extra flourish after the word "Josefina" on the newer covers of the books) and made new ones, like learning to read and write (gracias to Tia Dolores).

The three girls here have richly textured and engaging stories that we at American Girl Collage would strongly recommend for any American girl (or other girl, for that matter) who wants to learn more about the girls of America Past.



Monday, March 10, 2014

Kit's Suggested Reading #4 - Saint Patrick's Day Edition


Well hello there!


Yes, we realize that St. Patrick's Day is next Monday, but we thought we'd do a few things in the week leading up to it to celebrate.

 Blaire and Cornelia are very Irish...and Aileen Connelly and Charlotte Daly can certainly vouch for that.

So we thought we'd start the week off with my Suggested Reading: Irish Edition.

Enjoy!


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            The first book I picked from the shelf was Celtic Prayers, compiled by Avery Brooke. It has lots of those "May the road rise out to meet you..." prayers, as well as Celtic calligraphy by Laurel Casazza. (So basically- doodles! Beautiful, intricate doodles!) There are also litanies and poems in the book as well.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             The next book is for older readers. It's called Angela's Ashes and it is a memoir by Frank McCourt about growing up in Depression-era (sounds familiar?) Limerick, Ireland (okay, not so much). The titular Angela is Frank's mother, and the story is a very sad one that I would not recommend for younger readers. (But when you're sick in bed, it makes a great read-puts you to sleep instantly!)




The third book is a little easier for me to grasp. It's called Irish Toasts, and it was illustrated by Karen Bailey. It is the absolute opposite to the Celtic Prayers book. While that one was reverent and beautiful, this one is a lot more...em...goofy(?) This book has toasts (Like the "For he's a jolly good fellow" type, but more Irish).

My favorite toast in the book is "May the Lord keep you in His hand and never close His fist too tight on you." 
Charlotte, a bit more reverent than me, (and quite a bit more Irish--I'm mostly German) mentioned that her favorite is "May the strength of three be in your journey."
Aileen likes "May the roof above us fall in, and may we friends gathered below never fall out."
Hear, hear!
And, of course, our best resource on the Irish from American Girl is, (you knew it was coming!) Nellie's Promise by Valerie Tripp. The memoir of Samantha's best friend, Nellie O'Malley.
An exploration of what it was like for people in the working class during the Victorian and Edwardian Ages.

I hope you like my picks! 

Look for more coming soon!

Until next time,
Kit

Post-Script: I would like to apologize for my lack of posts because I have been under the weather lately. If you peek at the pictures above, you will notice that I am in bed...I have been very sleepy and a little loose-limbed, if you know what I mean.

Look for more posts by us soon!





Thursday, March 6, 2014

Snow My Goodness


AHHH HAPPY 100TH POST!!




Yes, we woke up this morning to a powdery wonderland outside.

Again.






For our readers who do not receive snow days on a regular basis (this is number ten this school year), it becomes very redundant.

We are actually hoping for school tomorrow!

But in the mean time, enjoy the mini photo shoot courtesy of rare spare time, snow, sunlight and an antsy doll.


 Addy is enjoying the (however) pale sun, hoping for spring to come soon.
Enjoy your day, 

Yours,
Cornelia



Monday, March 3, 2014

Après Oscars

Ruthie is speaking.

(And Aileen is here, too. But Ruthie won't let me say anyth-)

Ruthie has declared that A. must be silent.

(No fair!)

As the first of the dolls to see a motion picture, I decree I have the right to blog about the Oscars last night.

My personal favorite was The Great Gatsby, but you win some, you lose some.

Anyway.

I am glad that 12 Years a Slave won best picture, but I am a little surprised that American Hustle was "shut out" (as Ms. A so crudely puts it).

Alfonso Cuarón, the director of Gravity, won best director. That was an obvious choice.

(I think David O. Russell, director of American Hustle should've won!)

Alas, my favorite, the Great Gatsby did not win top honors, but it did receive best costume and production designs. Catherine Martin must be so pleased. I know Miuccia Prada and the grand Tiffany jewelers are ecstatic; they did, after all, supply much of the costumes. And Addy is pleased as well, because Brooks Brothers did all of Jay Gatsby's costumes.

Charlotte is elated that Lupita Nyong'o won best supporting actress, especially since it was Ms. Nyong'o's first movie role ever, and I happen to adore the powder blue dress she wore, it was also by Prada. 

(Yay Jennifer Lawrence! Her ah-dorable dress was by Dior-love that orange peplum!)

And last, everyone's favorite Disney musical won best animated film-yes, oh yes, Frozen has done it again. It also won best song, for, you have guessed correctly-"Let It Go".

(But Despicable Me 2 should've won!!)

Always, 
Ruthie

(Sometimes,
Aileen)



And thank you to the Washington Post for our information!


Friday, February 28, 2014

Cityscapes by Charlotte #2: Fire and Ice

(Charlotte continues her escapades in Frederick, now commenting on the ice sculptures strategically placed throughout the city.)

I am back on the Web Blog! (But Kirsten, my pioneer friend, repeatedly tells me it's called a "Blog". Strange.) 

This is Cupid, Roman god of the fires of love. I know a little Latin: 
Amabam tempestas heri.
("I was loving yesterday's weather")
It was 60 degrees here!

My swan song would either be 
The Smiths "This Charming Man" or
The Go-Go's "This Town"
(What a clever "World Wide Web" invention YouTube is. Ruthie showed me it recently. It must be noted that it is much simpler than creating a mix tape on my Walkman. Alas, the sound quality is lacking on some videos and it just isn't the same as MTV-the good MTV, not this modern-day 'music'. Gag me with a coconut.)

I shall refrain from making "Whooo's Your One Love?" jokes. Too late. (Though "One Love" is probably the most under-used song for St. Valentine's Day. Whoo doesn't love Bob Marley? A few days later than the 14th, I know, but whooo is counting? And whooo-oh, never mind. I'm wicked, I know. :) )

Thank you for your interest in my amateur foray into the Internet. It is a strange and wondrous invention. (And it sure beats typing reports on an electric typewriter. I do adore Microsoft Word. And laptops. Apple Macintoshes were so clunky.)

Love from,
Charlotte  

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

You are welcome here...

We have heard the news and are ecstatic that Sam will be returning to us.

As the celebratory type, we did an almost-Spring photo shoot.

With our darling Samantha, of course.

We are wishing for Spring.

As is she.



Looking to the horizon, hoping for spring,


Now down to the earth, with what it will bring.



 Seeing my double and doubling my glance,

 Peering at my flowers, held in a trance.

Devoted to nature, wishing and giving,



                                                                                                                                             Feeling the hope in the air that is Spring.

Yours, 
Cornelia