Ravishing in Red * Madeline Hunter

The first novel in a magnificent new quartet of historical romance Armed with her cousin’s pistol, Audrianna travels to a coaching inn, to meet with a man who may have information that will clear her dead father’s name. She does not realize that the handsome man of commanding sensuality who shows up is not the … Continue reading Ravishing in Red * Madeline Hunter

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White Oleander * Janet Fitch

What would you do if your mother was taken away? Just before those precious years of adolescence, your dear and beloved mother would be jailed for killing her lover. For poisoning him with the stems of the Oleander flower. What would you do if you were cast from house to house, from foster family to … Continue reading White Oleander * Janet Fitch

Wishing for a mother – White Oleander

“But then I realized, they weren't calling out for their own mothers. Not those weak women, those victims. Drug addicts, shopaholics, cookie bakers. They didn't mean the women who let them down, who failed to help them into womanhood, women who let their boyfriends run a train on them. Bingers, purgers, women smiling into mirrors, … Continue reading Wishing for a mother – White Oleander

Women are like rivers

My mother once wrote a poem about rivers. They were women, she wrote. Starting out small girls, tiny streams decorated with wildflowers. They were torrents, gouging paths through sheer granite, flinging themselves off cliffs, fearless and irresistible. Later, they grew fat serviceable, broad slow curves carrying commerce and sewage, but in their unconscious depths catfish … Continue reading Women are like rivers

The Book of Five Rings by Miyamoto Musashi

Musashi gives timeless advice on defeating an adversary, throwing an opponent off-guard, creating confusion, and other techniques for overpowering an assailant that will resonate with both martial artists and everyone else interested in skillfully dealing with conflict. For Musashi, the way of the martial arts was a mastery of the mind rather than simply technical … Continue reading The Book of Five Rings by Miyamoto Musashi

Of Mice and Men Encore * Theatre

I have been most blessed to see an outstanding performance from James Franco and Chris O'Dowd acting in the stage production of Steinbeck's "Of Mice and Men". An american classic, Of Mice and Men is one of the most read books in schools across the country despite appearing on the American Library Association's list of Most … Continue reading Of Mice and Men Encore * Theatre

11.22.63 * Stephen King

WHAT IF you could go back in time and change the course of history? WHAT IF the watershed moment you could change was the JFK assassination? 11.22.63, the date that Kennedy was shot - unless . . . 'King's gift of storytelling is unrivalled. His ferocious imagination is unlimited.' (George Pelecanos ) Where does the … Continue reading 11.22.63 * Stephen King

H Rider Haggard – She – Her declaration of love

Among the ancient Arabians the power of poetic declamation, either in verse or prose, was held in the highest honour and esteem, and he who excelled in it was known as "Khateb," or Orator. Every year a general assembly was held at which the rival poets repeated their compositions, when those poems which were judged … Continue reading H Rider Haggard – She – Her declaration of love

Family Thanksgiving Activities

If you're hosting a family thanksgiving, you want to create a fun family environment that helps children understand the importance of thankfulness and reminds the adults of this as well. Since Thanksgiving comes just before what many refer to as the "greedy" season, activities designed to remind people of the bounty in their lives are … Continue reading Family Thanksgiving Activities

Classroom Thanksgiving Games

If you're planning a Thanksgiving party in the classroom, there are a myriad of games you can have the children play that will be fun but also educational and useful in teaching the concept of being thankful. Be careful not to overdo the turkey aspect of Thanksgiving. Some children forget that it's about more than … Continue reading Classroom Thanksgiving Games