MY BOOKSHELF: Sharks Are Scary! And Other Things Children Like to Think About


Y’know what’s REALLY scary?  My “To Read” List is scary, it’s so long!With so many great books to tell you about, and with the Christmas holidays coming up so soon, I’m planning to do more, much more in the way of book reviews and recommendations over the next two weeks.For adventurous children, I have on my shelf two books about the strange and wonderful creatures which inhabit the sea.Sharkopedia: The Complete Guide to Everything Shark was published in the weeks leading up to the Di … [Read more...]

Rich in Years: Comforting Advice for the Elderly and Those Who Love Them

Rich in Years

Grow old along with me! The best is yet to be, The last of life, for which the first was made: Our times are in His hand Who saith "A whole I planned, Youth shows but half; trust God: see all, nor be afraid!'' --Robert Browning  Growing old is not for the faint-hearted.  I’ve had to wrestle with the problems which beset my aging mother:  forgetfulness, impaired vision, hearing, mobility, and gradual decline.  Oh, and stubbornness—did I mention stubbo … [Read more...]

A Lesson to Networks from “The Sound of Music”: Wholesome Entertainment Sells

Sound of Music - Carrie Underwood

I hope you enjoyed NBC’s live television broadcast of “The Sound of Music” on Thursday evening.How successful was the broadcast? There were some weaknesses, to be sure:  Myself, I enjoyed Carrie Underwood’s performance in the role of Maria, but I found “True Blood” star Stephen Moyer unconvincing as Captain Von Trapp.  Overall, though, I enjoyed it tremendously.And according to early reports, “The Sound of Music” gave NBC its biggest non-sports Thursday since the finale of “ER” in 200 … [Read more...]