Housefly

There Was an Old Lady: A Critical Analysis

“There Was an Old Lady” retells the fantastical account of an elderly woman who swallows various animals in an ever-increasingly bizarre and grotesque display of ingurgitation. The following brief analysis will examine this nursery rhyme for critical thematic elements and possible problematic components.

The song opens as follows:

There was an old lady who swallowed a fly I don’t know why she swallowed a fly — perhaps she’ll die!

One should note the relative banality of the opening statement: While swallowing a fly is somewhat uncommon and an unpleasant experience, it is almost certainly not fatal. The utter confusion of the author is expressed, as he or she seems to believe that the woman must have swallowed the insect on purpose. Much more likely is that she did so by accident. Nevertheless, the author “blames the victim” in an attempt to explain the described event, and then seems to revel in the possibility that she may not survive the incident. Whereas most observers would spend the time helping the old lady, performing first aid techniques if necessary, and calling the paramedics if serious, the author instead decides to retell the event with no indication that any help was given. As can be seen in the following stanzas, the woman is left to correct the problem herself.Continue Reading

Christmas tree and fireplace

Merry Christmahanukwanzaa!

It’s hard to believe that Christmas is almost here once again! Tomorrow marks the winter solstice, the shortest day of the year. Exams are winding down for those in school, and last-minute shoppers will soon be filling the stores to scrounge for the leftover items to give as gifts.

As for me, I just finished running a study, so I have some data to analyze, which makes me happy. That’s not to say I won’t spend some time relaxing during the holiday season! But of course, as always, it will never be long enough. Soon I’ll be back at school for another term. Running research, marking assignments, taking classes…the wonderful cocoon of academia. But I’ll be sure to enjoy the time spent with my family this Christmas.

Christmas ornament

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas! Or Happy Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, or Festivus, if you prefer. I always enjoy this time of year. It’s a time to share time with friends and family, to show others that you care about them, and to exchange presents and, more importantly, love. Regardless of your religious beliefs, this time of year is a time where we all celebrate the wonderful things that come from being part of a community and part of a family.Continue Reading

Atheist Blogroll

Atheist Blogroll

This is just a quick note that Disjointed Thinking has been added to The Atheist Blogroll. You can see the link to it in my sidebar. The Atheist blogroll is a community building service provided free of charge to Atheist bloggers from around the world. If you would like to join, visit Mojoey at Deep Thoughts for more information. Thanks!…

New Blog Address!

Welcome to the new home of Disjointed Thinking!

In my previous post, I mentioned that I had created a new personal website for myself. Because this included buying some webspace of my own, I figured that it was a good idea to move my blog over as well. So, if you’ll notice at the top, the blog has a new web address. If you’ve previously bookmarked it, please update your bookmark to reflect the change.Continue Reading

Access and Accessibility

For the past few days, I’ve been hard at work creating a personal website for myself. It’s sort of like a portfolio, but a little more flexible than just that. I wanted a place to tie together everything that I do online into one spot. So, in lieu of an “official” announcement, here is my new personal website. It’s still somewhat of a work in progress, but for about two days of work, I think it looks pretty good. Because I now have webspace, I will likely be moving this blog there, so you can likely expect some changes in the next few days.Continue Reading