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I love reading and writing about what I have read, making the connections and marking the comparisons and contrasts. God has given man the amazing power to invent language and the means to record it which has created words and worlds that border on the eternal.

I read promiscuously with catholic tastes-—biography, history, classic fiction, … more

Birdmen: The Wright brothers, Glenn Curtiss, and the battle to control the skies
The history of the Wright brothers and the invention of powered flight has been well-covered and usually from the position of admiring the brothers' ingenuity, persistence, and engineering prowess.    …
reviewed The Fifties. Wednesday
The Fifties
My title for this review works both ways.         Halberstam writes in classic narrative history style when tackling a subject as a broad as a decade.  He doesn't …
The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of journalism
Teddy Roosevelt has always been such a ridiculously heroic figure in American history, and from my high school history classes I dimly associate the muckraking journalists of what Goodwin calls this Golden …
reviewed Jerusalem: City of longing. August 15
Jerusalem: City of longing
I went to the library with a newer book on the history of Jerusalem on my wish list, but when I got to the shelf and saw how many pages it was I realized I didn't want to tackle it.   Then …
1177 B.C.: The year civilization collapsed
Cline uses archeology, inscriptions, contemporary document caches, and ancient historical text (including the Bible and Homer's Greek history/legends/myths of the Trojan War) to explore who, what, …
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Quick Tips
posted a Quick Tip about Bob Dylan. March 20, 2012
Bob Dylan
Bob Dylan turned 50 yesterday!  I know, Robert Zimmerman is 71.  But his first recording as "you may call me" Bob Dylan is now 50 years old.  Wow.  So, lets put things in …
posted a Quick Tip about Hugo. February 28, 2012
posted in Movie Hype
I just saw Hugo last night. I have now seen 3 best picture nominees including Moneyball and The Help, each an excellent movie, but Hugo made me happiest to be alive. This is a must see movie.   …
posted a Quick Tip about Hugo. February 28, 2012
posted in Movie Hype
I just saw Hugo last night. I have now seen 3 best picture nominees including Moneyball and The Help, each an excellent movie, but Hugo made me happiest to be alive. This is a must see movie.   …
posted a Quick Tip about Groundhog Day (movie). February 05, 2012
posted in Movie Hype
Groundhog Day (1993)
Just rewatched this comedy classic for the first time in a while, and was struck again by how powerful and timeless this comedy is!  Comedies usually have a short shelf life, but this and Tootsie …
posted a Quick Tip about The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. May 29, 2011
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter
Must do for Harry Potter fans; if you aren't a fan, or don't really care, probably not worth the efforet.  Some notes about our experience:   The WWofHP is all the way at the …
posted a Quick Tip about Greatest song/album. May 09, 2011
posted in Music Matters
Greatest song/album
Best rock song ever: Born to Run      The guitar riff (heck the guitar itself), the tight 4 minute frame, the perfect lost innocence lyrics, the midbridge countoff, the insistent desperation …
posted a Quick Tip about Half Day San Francisco driving tour: .... April 07, 2011
Half Day San Francisco driving tour: Blue Moon Bay to Santa Cruz
Fly into SFO, pick up a rental car that is fun to drive and has good visibility. Head south on 101 toward San Jose.    About 10 miles south of SFO, take 92 West to Blue Moon Bay, then …
posted a Quick Tip about Bob Dylan. April 04, 2011
posted in Music Matters
Bob Dylan
I saw the headlines on Yahoo last week, didn't read the stories:  Academics are studying Bob Dylan.       Here's all you need to know:  No other artist, singer, …
posted a Quick Tip about First time visitor to China. March 09, 2011
First time visitor to China
Some random notes on my first visit to China (Beijing)   Bring cash.  Almost everything outside of the Western hotels is cash-based. Exchange only enough money at home to get you to …
posted a Quick Tip about Hockey versus soccer. October 16, 2010
Hockey versus soccer
Let me start by saying I am a US citizen, born and raised in the southeast of the US, and I'm of an age (50 something) that when I was a kid we played Little League Football, not AYSO youth soccer, …
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June 17, 2011
I've created a few Clive Cussler badges in Cafe Libri if you want to write QTs or reviews to earn any of them. Here is a QT one that is easy to earn: http://community.cafelibri.com/badges/Mini_Dirk_Pitt-22945-74-1-1.html You can view all the badges here: http://community.cafelibri.com/Badges-74.html. Thanks for all your contributions and for being a member! If you think of other badge ideas, just send me an email. I'll make it ASAP. :)
September 23, 2010
Ah, so nice to see someone else use the phrase "catholic tastes." I used that with my workmates a couple of months ago and got blank stares all around and ended up having to google it for them to show that it wasn't something I was making up out of whole cloth.
October 15, 2010
That's funny! it is a great phrase that throws people off in conversation because they can't see the small c so they think you are declaring a religious affiliation.
August 28, 2010
Hi Todd, welcome to Lunch! Great to have you here and wonderful reviews:) I'm a Brand Ambassador here and available to answer any questions you might have about Lunch. Thought you might enjoy checking out a couple of other Lunch communities including Unique Hotels (and my review of the Galactic Space Hotel), and the Forbidden Planet community and this review of Mars. Feel free to comment on reviews and write your own quick tips! Have fun exploring.
August 23, 2010
Welcome to Café Libri Lunch Community!  All types of reading related reviews, quick tips and lists are encouraged here.  Please visit our homepage  and scroll to the bottom to read the section titled About This Community.  You'll find useful information about the types of contributions found in the community.  Also, take a look at the box to the bottom right on the homepage titled Stuff We Like to learn more about Café Libri in general.  You might also enjoy checking out the various Discussion Forums  to chat with other members about reading topics or to introduce yourself to the community.  Feel free to read, rate and comment on other reviews as you get comfortable with the site.  Members welcome the feedback!  If you have any questions, don't hesitate to send me a message.  I hope you will enjoy reading and reviewing!
May 14, 2009
How are you doing here at lunch tstocks? To get started, check out the tags section, it's a great resource for finding reviews that interest you from members in the community. By rating topics all around the site, you'll be able to refine your similarity network and meet other members on Lunch who think just like you! If you have any questions, or need help navigating the site, stop by my page anytime and I'm here to help! In the meantime, I agree with @kevinism …it would be great to see your face :)
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