In which we visit the Cavern of Bells, meet a third handmaid, and hear from a Mouse.

Three more chapters of Bridge of Birds by Barry Hughart is ready and waiting at Forgotten Classics. As well as a podcast highlight from over the sea! [Read more...]

Ripe: a pre-reading review

Ripe: A Cook in the Orchard by Nigel Slater My rating: 5 of 5 stars If the book just was published can I still call it a classic? If I just got it, can I really know it is 5 stars? Let’s just say that I have every confidence in Nigel Slater’s Ripe being just [Read More...]

Neighbor, how long has it been since you read Deus Caritas Est? Well, pardner, that’s too long.*

God Is Love–Deus Caritas Est: Encyclical Letter by Pope Benedict XVI My rating: 5 of 5 stars This was my third time through Pope Benedict’s brilliant first encyclical God Is Love. Our Catholic women’s book club read it for our May discussion. Just reading the opening paragraphs made me remember what a wonderful piece of [Read More...]

What I’ve Been Reading: Feed by Mira Grant

Feed by Mira Grant My rating: 3 of 5 stars I’m a bit tired of the zombie genre, however, this was of interest because of the large part that blogging plays in the story. In fact, blogging is the reason for the story, as it turns out. And that is the reason my friend pressed [Read More...]

Gospel of Mark Week: 13-Tax Man

MARK 2:13-14 Thinking of how we feel about the IRS, we can understand why Matthew was not well liked. Then add on the facts we see below, which is that tax collectors could line their own pockets with whatever they could get away with … well, I feel the crowd’s astonishment when Jesus calls Matthew [Read More...]

Gospel of Mark Week: 12-Leprosy

MARK 1:40-45 I am so used to thinking of Jesus healing lepers that I really have never given a second thought as to just what leprosy is … except that I knew there is (or used to be?) a leper colony on Hawaii and eventually bits of you would fall off. Here we have the [Read More...]

Dickens, Melville, Paradise Lost and … Ricardo Montalban’s chest!

“From Hell’s heart I stab at thee…” Yes, we watched The Wrath of Khan (Star Trek II). All so glorious that we just keep talking and talking at A Good Story is Hard to Find podcast. With guest Heather Hutchinson Ordover from Craft/Lit and Just the Books podcasts. [Read more...]

Literary Paint Chips: Gallery 1

From the Paris Review Daily – Paint Samples, suitable for the home, sourced from colors in literature. For example if you want to see that gray green greasy color of the river Limpopo, this is where you’re gonna go. “Then Kolokolo Bird said, with a mournful cry, ‘Go to the banks of the great gray-green, [Read More...]

Gospel of Mark Week: 11-The Scribes

MARK 1:21, 22 Having seen how the Torah was viewed, we can now see why the scribes were so important. Someone had to tell everybody what was right and wrong for everyday living. After reading about how the scribes’ systems worked it is clear why Jesus’ teachings were so startling. To give this study [of [Read More...]

Gospel of Mark Week: 10-The Law

MARK 1:21, 22 It is important to understand what perspective the Jews had that they heard Jesus’ teachings as such a revelation … and not like the scribes. First we must look at how they viewed the Torah (the Law). To the Jews the most sacred thing in the world was the Torah, the Law. [Read More...]


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