Monthly Archives: October 2013

Lagniappe

Since today is Halloween, I want to introduce you to the fantastic art of Carly Paige makeup artist extraordinaire.  CBS Evening News did a segment on her that will fascinate you.  Be sure to see the second video below the … Continue reading

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Mrs. Swing

Mildred Bailey is one of my favorite singers from the 1930s and early 1940s.  She had a high, thin soprano voice that was particularly suited to singing swing music and the blues. Bailey, born Mildred Rinker in Tekoa Washington on … Continue reading

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You’ve Got to Read This!

There are many sites on the internet where you can get lists of recommendations on books to read, but I particularly enjoy sites where the recommendations follow particular themes and/or have explanations concerning why the listed books are being recommended.  … Continue reading

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First Anniversary: Favorite Posts

In early October 2012 I decided to start a blog about books and some of my other interests.  Now you may say, “so what’s so strange about that?”  Well, I was a 67 year old retired mechanical engineer who had … Continue reading

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The Abominable Showman

The above full-page advertisement came out in the New York Herald Tribune on January 4, 1962.  All seven major theater critics in New York were, it seemed, madly in love with Subways are for Sleeping, a musical that had experienced … Continue reading

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Readings I’ve Enjoyed – “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge” by Ambrose Bierce

Ambrose Bierce (1842 – 1913?) is probably best remembered for his witty and irreverent The Devil’s Dictionary, but he was also a wonderful short story writer.  His “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge” is an excellent example of his work.  … Continue reading

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Quiz of the Month – October 2013

The idea for this month’s quiz, as well as next month’s quiz, comes from a book that I love to browse through.  It is 1,000 Years, 1,000 People: Ranking the Men and Women Who Shaped the Millennium (1998) by Agnes … Continue reading

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Quotes of Note

“Trying to sneak a fast ball past Henry Aaron was like trying to sneak the sun past a rooster.” – Curt Simmons “If you have to eat crow, eat it while it’s hot.” – Alben Barkley, Vice President under Harry … Continue reading

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Talking About Books . . .

Across the country there are “little free libraries” popping up in people’s front yards.  These are not really lending libraries because you are welcome to take and keep the books you find there.  You are also encouraged to add new … Continue reading

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Giuseppe Verdi

On October 10, 1813 – 200 years ago – Giuseppe Verdi, the greatest composer of Italian operas who ever lived or will ever live was born in Le Roncole, a small village near Busetto, Italy.  Verdi exhibited great musical talent … Continue reading

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