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reviewed In the Bleak Midwinter (A Rev. Clare .... March 19, 2011
In the Bleak Midwinter (A Rev. Clare Fergusson and
Julia Spencer-Fleming's first mystery introduces her sleuth Claire Fergusson, an Episcopal priest in up-state New York, also a helicopter pilot in the National Guard. She has an attraction to Chief of …
reviewed Hearst Castle. February 28, 2011
Main House Hearst Castle
The Hearst Castle, owned by the state of California, is a fabulous place. Although the more than 100 ornate rooms and detailed ceilings, gold leaf floor designs in the crazily gorgeous indoor pool, …
reviewed Friends of the Elephant Seals at Pied.... February 28, 2011
According to the Elephant seal website, "The Northern Elephant Seal, Mirounga angustirostris, is an extraordinary marine mammal. It spends eight to ten months a year in the open ocean, diving 1000 …
reviewed Christmas Mourning. December 27, 2010
Christmas Mourning
I really have liked the Margaret Maron series of mysteries about Judge Deborah Knott with its North Carolina setting. This new one, which has very little to do with Christmas, really,  deals with …
reviewed Residence Inn - Long Beach. August 19, 2010
residence inn long beach
   Recently, we and our extended family spent about 5 days at the Residence Inn in Long Beach, California. I liked the idea of the kitchenette because I thought we'd be buying bread and …
Kissing the Gunner's Daughter by Ruth Rendell
   Ruth Rendell is known, particularly in England, for her gritty, gripping mysteries. They are complicated, with crimes that could have been committed by any one of the well-drawn characters. …
This Body of Death: An Inspector Lynley Novel
   Except for a random storyline that I couldn't understand the reason for, Elizabeth George's This Body of Death was one of her best mysteries. George,  one of my favorite mystery …
reviewed The Black Cat. June 06, 2010
The Black Cat
Martha Grimes has been one of my favorite authors in her series with Inspector Richard Jury and his ridiculous friends. The mysteries, or police procedurals, are not funny. Jury is a dark character with …
reviewed The Last Illusion. April 14, 2010
The Last Illusion
The Last Illusion is the latest Molly Murphy mystery by Rhys Bowen. It takes place in early 20th century New York City. Molly is an Irish immigrant with the stereotypical red curly hair and gutsy spirit. …
reviewed 13 1/2. February 05, 2010
Nevada Barr is well known for her adventure mysteries. I can't say that they're my favorite mysteries, but, because Nevada Barr is a former US park ranger, the settings (Statue of Liberty, Ellis …
reviewed The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel.... January 17, 2010
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer is a charming epistolary novel (for those of you who forgot your high school English terms, that means that the book is a series of …
reviewed 'In Defense of the SAT', a Newsweek a.... September 19, 2009
'In Defense of the SAT', a Newsweek article
In every state, the federal government requires some test to determine whether seniors are ready to graduate. In Maine, the SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test) is used as that test. This decision has been …
reviewed If I Made a Commercial for Trader Joe's. September 10, 2009
If I Made a Commercial for Trader Joe's
The Trader Joe's commercial songwriter must have had a great time finding those rhymes. He's a Shel Silverstein/Dr.Seuss for urban adults. What fun.
reviewed Aquaglobe. July 24, 2009
aquaglobe
So, I bought some Aquaglobes for myself and for a gift to my kids who leave their hanging pots alone for a week at a time. They're a good idea but....   First, I didn't know that they were glass …
reviewed March: A Novel. July 21, 2009
March
March, historical fiction by Pulitzer Prize-winning Geraldine Brooks, is the story of Mr. March (no first name ever given), Little Women's dad,  while he's off serving in the Civil War. This is definitely …
reviewed Graduation. June 14, 2009
graduation
I attended a local high school graduation this year and had quite a shock.  Graduates and parents had signed an agreement that they would behave in a dignified manner, and that the use of air horns …
reviewed OXO Good Grips food mill. April 24, 2009
When my children were small (about 30 years ago) there were no such things as natural, organic foods. We either needed to buy Gerber or Beech Nut foods, and who knew what was in them?  We were …
reviewed Boston Celtics. April 24, 2009
Boston Celtics
The Celtics have had a great season. Rajon, Ray, Paul and KG are great to watch and, at some time, the team is going to lose because almost everyone is injured. Why can't the winner be the team which …
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