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From the Bookshelf: Myrtle and the Big Mistake, by Cynthia Reyes and Lauren Reyes-Grange

Wednesday, I took a vehicle to the dealership to get some service done. While waiting, I got to watch (only half way as I was reading too) two episodes of Law and Order on the lounge TV. I have never … Continue reading

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From the Bookshelf: Jacob Lawrence: The Migration Series

In order to understand the Red Summer of 1919, we must understand the great migration of African-Americans from the southern states to the norther cities. In order to understand this relocation of people, race, and culture, we must understand Jim … Continue reading

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Give Us This Day: A Year of Devotion

When I was in college, I had a friend who was into reincarnation, past lives, etc.  She told me that I was a Chines monk some centuries before.  Cool idea.  As I do not consider the past, nor the future, … Continue reading

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From the Bookshelf: Hillbilly Elegy, A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis, J. D. Vance

In my project of reading-books-I-already-have-then-moving-them-along, J. D. Vance’s memoir, Hillbilly Elegy, was next in the stack.  This came to me by way of my mother-in-law, whom I believe read it for her book club.  She then passed it on to … Continue reading

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From the Bookshelf: Jesus and After, the First Eighty Years, by E. Bruce Brooks

I view knowledge and faith as two methods of thought which emphasize different factors.  Knowledge asks about facts and data.  Faith asks why something is important.  Knowledge can be observed and repeated (scientific process).  Faith gives meaning to events.  Knowledge … Continue reading

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From the Bookshelf: Tone, Twang, and Taste, a Guitar Memoir, by Pete Kennedy

The Washington, D.C./Baltimore, MD region is a great place for music.  Having previously lived there for about ten years, and living only a couple of hours away, we have enjoyed the talents of many local musicians and well known acts … Continue reading

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From the Bookshelf: Library Lost, by Laurie Graves

Laurie Graves’ second novel in The Great Library series, Library Lost, came out in time for a copy to be under our Christmas tree, seven months ago.  I have had it in my reading queue, but various events, including packing … Continue reading

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From the Bookshelf: Heartspark, by Mike Mallow

I think of Mary Shelley’s novel, Frankenstein, to be the first science fiction novel.  Prior to this time, stories (mostly in poetic or theatrical formats) were mythologies and legends from the Greek and Roman pantheons, Nordic epics, and lives of … Continue reading

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From the Bookshelf: Maya and the Book of Everything, by Laurie Graves

Imagination… In the beginning was the Word… Once there were four children whose names were Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy… If music be the food of love, play on,… How many stories are told and re-told. Borrowing from, or building … Continue reading

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Book Review: Myrtle the Purple Turtle, by Cynthia Reyes

Beautiful! Beautiful! Beautiful! Did I say, “Beautiful!? Cynthia Reyes’ children’s book, Myrtle the Purple Turtle, is a beautiful story. How she symbolized her daughter’s childhood experience of shame of being different is beautiful. Her resolution of the callousness of bullies … Continue reading

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