What I’m Reading: Castles in the Air by Baroness Orczy

Castles in the Air by Baroness Emmuska Orczy A memoir of the adventures of Ratichon, a self-styled confidant of kings and emperors during the Napoleonic era. This is a short story collection of Ratichon’s amusing adventures while helping those high in society solve their problems. You know Baroness Orczy, right? Well, it’s time to get [Read More...]

Here Be Dragons. Literally. Reviewing “The Dragon Factory” by Jonathan Maberry

“Detective Ledger?” he said, and held out an ID case. “NSA.” “How do you spell that?” Joe Ledger’s back. In Patient Zero, (SFFaudio review here) he saved the world from a zombie apocalypse and Muslim terrorists. Almost single handed. How will he do on the island of Dr. Moreau? In The Dragon Factory Joe is [Read More...]

The HHS Mandate: Now It’s Personal.

Breaking out of book-ish mode for a moment to comment on the Health and Human Services mandate to insurers. As I was reading our Bishop’s letter contained in our church bulletin, strongly urging people to protest the HHS edict which demands that sterilization, abortifacients and contraception be included in virtually all health plans. No religious [Read More...]

Lagniappe

From my quote journal. She is too fond of books and it has turned her brain. Louisa May Alcott [Read more...]

In which Joseph’s brothers ask for food from Pharaoh’s mysterious administrator.

Yes, Forgotten Classics is back on the air with this return to Genesis. [Read more...]

Julie marvels at the end of the series, and Scott can’t believe he didn’t mention Luna Lovegood.

It’s Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (plus the whole series) under discussion as Scott Danielson and I begin Season 2 at A Good Story is Hard to Find podcast. [Read more...]

Lagniappe: Velvet Elvii

From my quote journal, a little bookish humor. “I am the foremost collector of velvet Elvii in the city of Chicago,” I said at once. “Elvii?” Marcone inquired. “The plural could be Elvises, I guess,” I said. “But if I say that too often, I start muttering to myself and calling things ‘my precious,’ so [Read More...]

What I’m Reading Now: The Politically Incorrect Guide to English and American Literature

The Politically Incorrect Guide to English and American Literature by Elizabeth Kantor This is one of the books from my nonfiction section of my personal reading challenge for this year. The library had it. I picked it up. Haven’t done more than flip through it, but I am mystified by the complete lack of Steinbeck [Read More...]

An Individual Retreat for Seeking Humility: Reviewing “Simplifying the Soul” by Paula Huston

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True humility is not an abject, groveling, self-despising spirit–it is but a right estimate of ourselves as God sees us. Tryon Edwards Humility means knowing the good about yourself and the bad about yourself. It is about having proper perspective. It is only when we are truly humble that we can be Christ-like, obedient to [Read More...]

Quick Review: My Life in France by Julia Child and Alex Prud’Homme

My Life in France is the charming and fascinatingly told story of Julia Child and her husband living in France. What elevates this beyond the usual food/life memoir is Child’s telling of the whole picture, not just the food oriented moments. Yes, the food is there. After all, we are in France, n’est-ce pas? And [Read More...]


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