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...]

Old Versus New: Middle Eastern Food

I have been reading Arabesque: A Taste of Morocco, Turkey, and Lebanon by Claudia Roden. It is fine as it goes with introductory pages for each country, sumptuous photography and exotic recipes. However, I was left cold as somehow I didn’t feel Ms. Roden’s personality shining through. If one wants a cookery manual, this is [Read More...]

Time Travel Made Easy (Johnny and the Bomb by Terry Pratchett)

JOHNNY AND THE BOMB (book 3 of the Johnny Maxwell Trilogy) by Terry Pratchett In my favorite of the Johnny Maxwell trilogy, Johnny crosses paths with Mrs. Tachyon, a bag lady who also is a time traveller. He and his friends travel back to WWII in their town with the predictable changing of time that [Read More...]

Days of the Dead (Johnny and the Dead by Terry Pratchett)

JOHNNY AND THE DEAD by Terry Pratchett (book 2 of the Johnny Maxwell Trilogy) Twelve year old Johnny Maxwell is cutting through the cemetery one day with a friend when he knocks on the door of a tomb and the inhabitant answers the door. Johnny is the only one with the unique ability to wake [Read More...]

Space Aliens Unite (Only You Can Save Mankind by Terry Pratchett)

ONLY YOU CAN SAVE MANKIND (Johnny Maxwell Trilogy, book 1) by Terry Pratchett The Johnny Maxwell books are not Terry Pratchett’s usual Discworld books. They are set in a very ordinary run down town in England, centering around Johnny Maxwell and his three friends. Johnny, whose parents are going through Trying Times, is playing his [Read More...]

Urban Fantasy of the Finest Kind: Reviewing “War for the Oaks” by Emma Bull

Eddi reminded herself that this was not the only bass player in Minneapolis. The ads hadn’t even appeared yet. “Ahhhh … listen,” she said at last. “I’m not sure you … that this is a good idea.” And he raised his eyes from his bass just enough to look at her. His eyes were more [Read More...]

Like a Marriage Retreat in a Book: Reviewing For Better, For Worse, For God

… becoming one flesh means more than a physical union. Genesis says that God created man and woman to become one body. The Hebrew word for body or “flesh,” refers to the physical body for sure, but it encompasses much more. Body includes the whole person: body, mind, and spirit. We’re called to be united [Read More...]


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