Monthly Archives: February 2014


In case you need to justify your love or chocolate, here are ten positive reasons for eating it. _ _ _ Eliza Doolittle Day and Bloomsday are two of the ten literary holidays features in a Mentalfloss article. _ _ … Continue reading

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Movie Notes

I recently watched Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? – a 1962 film that starred Bette Davis, Joan Crawford, and Victor Buono.  I was mesmerized by the performance of Bette Davis who played a former vaudeville child star who had become … Continue reading

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Quiz of the Month – February 2014

A few years ago Time magazine published a list of the 100 best English language novels published anywhere in the world.  The novels are from the years 1923 (the year Time was first published) through 2005.  In this month’s quiz … Continue reading

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NBC University Theater

Recently I read Mark Twain’s short story “The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg” for my Great Books Discussion Group.  Though I enjoyed it, I found it a bit tedious.  It was 39 pages long in the book we use in the … Continue reading

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George F. Will Versus Downton Abbey

I try to remain neutral in this blog, but I must make an exception in the case of George F. Will’s recent over-the-top denunciation of both Downton Abbey and Charles Dickens in The Washington Post. In the piece he characterizes Downton Abbey as another effort … Continue reading

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50 Great Voices

Photo of Kulthum here I recently ran across an article about an Egyptian singer named Umm Kulthum.  I had never heard of her, so I sent the story’s link to a friend of mine who is from Egypt to see … Continue reading

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Quotes of Note

In my last post I wrote about The Great American Bathroom Book.  All of this month’s quotes are taken from those included in Volume III. “And now here is my secret, a very simple secret: It is only with the … Continue reading

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The Great American Bathroom Book

You wouldn’t do it, of course, but some people who want to make themselves look good lie about the books they’ve read.  They’re not bad people, they just don’t have time to read those big, intimidating books.  The Federalist has … Continue reading

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Books to Read for Black History Month

February is Black History Month, so here are some works that you might want to consider reading or providing for your children or grandchildren. The first list comes from Goodreads.  It is quite interesting in that it includes books such … Continue reading

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Talking About Books . . .

Robert Osborne, the host of Turner Classic Movies and undoubtedly one of the most knowledgeable people in the world about movies, has updated his book 85 Years of the Oscar: The Official History of the Academy Awards.  This 464 page … Continue reading

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