Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking

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I’ve been fascinated with things related to personality for years. Back in my undergrad days, when I thought I would be an ag teacher someday, I studied up on learning styles. That involved a brush with Myers-Briggs and Keisey-Bates. I’ve been addicted ever since. On the one hand, it has given me a lens to [Read More...]

My Pope

When Pope Benedict was elected pope in 2005, I was not yet Catholic; but I was already interested in the Catholic Church. I was reading Catholic blogs, and buying Catholic books. I’d heard of Cardinal Ratzinger, God’s Rottweiller, and had known people who could not say his name without emphasizing the word “Rat”. I wanted [Read More...]

Space Magic by David D. Levine

David D. Levine and I are connected, but he doesn’t know it. At the only Worldcon I’ve ever attended (LA Con IV, 2006), Harlan Ellison presented a Hugo Award to Levine for his short story “Tk’tk’tk”. The image of Levine leaping for joy into the arms of Harlan Ellison is a bright memory of that [Read More...]

Love & Salt: A Spiritual Friendship Shared in Letters

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We all need a friend. It’s trite, but it’s true. To have a friend who leads you closer to God is nothing short of a gift. I have one such friend. After reading Love & Salt: A Spiritual Friendship Shared in Letters, I realized that, though I’m a writer, I don’t write this dear friend [Read More...]

Recall Abortion

RECALL ABORTION: Ending the Abortion Industry’s Exploitation of Women by Janet Morana and published by Saint Benedict Press is a new book dealing with ending abortion. Janet Morana is one of the co-founders of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign. This book is certainly influenced by Silent No More in that it makes much use [Read More...]

King Peggy: An American Secretary, Her Royal Destiny, and the Inspiring Story of How She Changed an African Village

King Peggy: An American Secretary, Her Royal Destiny, and the Inspiring Story of How She Changed an African Village by Peggielene Bartels My rating: 5 of 5 stars This is going on my 2013 Best list. A native Ghanan, Peggy was working at the Ghanan embassy in Washington D.C. when she got the call that [Read More...]

The Daughter of Time

With the recent news of the bones of Richard III being found it reminds me of a quite unique book. The Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey.  It is unique in a couple of ways.  For one it is a detective story that takes place totally within the confines of a hospital room.  For another it is [Read More...]

Trucker Ghost Stories

If you’re a fan of real-life ghost stories, then this is the book for you. If you’re a fan of truckers, those modern-day “cowboys” of the highways, then this book is doubly for you. Truckers are on the road at all times of night, in all weather, and, evidently, when every sort of ghost, monster, [Read More...]

The Night Circus

In one of the geek related podcasts I listen to I heard reference to  The Night Circus, Erin Morgenstern’s first novel. The various members of this podcast all recommended it The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is [Read More...]

The Tribune by Patrick Larkin [updated]

The Tribune by Patrick Larkin My rating: 4 of 5 stars Promoted to a tribune of the Sixth Legion, Lucius Aurelius’s task is to quell a war in Galilee that has already claimed the lives of the Emperor’s foot soldiers. But the scene of the alleged slaughter turns up only a peaceful settlement of farmers, [Read More...]


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