Monthly Archives: April 2014


If you’re going to travel this summer, check out this list of the one thing you must do in each of the 50 states. And if you’re going to travel the world, you might want to check out Restaurant magazine’s … Continue reading

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The Future of the Mind

The last frontier on this planet is the human mind.  In his fascinating book The Future of the Mind: The Scientific Quest to Understand, Enhance, and Empower the Mind, theoretical physicist Michio Kaku discusses the attempts of researchers to map … Continue reading

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Author Interviews on the Internet – Part 1

You can learn a lot about a book by listening to its author talk.  In the case of the wide-ranging National Public Radio (NPR) author interview website some of the interviews are long, but most take less than ten minutes … Continue reading

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Words At Play

Twice recently I’ve run across the term “a pod of dolphins.”  For some reason we have the need to use distinctly different names for groups of animals and other things.  So, I’ve decided to list some of the most interesting … Continue reading

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Readings I’ve Enjoyed – “Babylon Revisited” by F. Scott Fitzgerald

F. Scott Fitzgerald’s short story masterpiece, “Babylon Revisited,” is the tale of a man whose alcoholism is partly responsible for his wife’s death.  In the story he, now sober, returns to Paris to seek custody of his daughter who is … Continue reading

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Talking About Books . . .

Back in 2010 Veronica Roth, then a 21-year-old creative writing major at Northwestern, wrote in a blog that she would like to jump into a pool filled with mini-marshmallows.  At this point in time she could probably afford to jump … Continue reading

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Quotes of Note

“He read far too many books, that was Israel’s trouble.  Books had spoiled him; they had curdled his brain, like cream left out on a summer afternoon, or eggs overbeaten with butter.  He’d been a bookish child, right from the … Continue reading

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An Introduction to the Great Movie Music Composers

During my years on public radio I played many types of music.  One of my favorite genres was movie music – not the songs that people sang in musicals, but the mood-setting instrumental music that, often subliminally, gave a movie … Continue reading

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Lists! We’ve Got Lots and Lots of Lists!

The lists just keep piling up, so let’s start April with some lists that will interest you. No fooling! Seven Pre-Movie Must-Reads for 2014 _ _ _ 50 Essential Mystery Novels That Everyone Should Read _ _ _ The Top 10 … Continue reading

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