A Visit from St. Nicholas

'Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse; The stockings were hung by the chimney with care, In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there; The children were nestled all snug in their beds; While visions of sugar-plums danced in their heads; And … Continue reading A Visit from St. Nicholas

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Marvel at one of the world’s most dynamic modern art spaces, Tate Modern, and its new extension

Tate Modern is an amazing story of redemption and reinvention. It resides Picasso to Anish Kapoor and Tacita Dean – you name ’em, they’ve got ’em. You could happily spend a day exploring them all, and also find time for the latest barnstorming exhibition. The biggest, most audacious, installations are in the vast Turbine Hall … Continue reading Marvel at one of the world’s most dynamic modern art spaces, Tate Modern, and its new extension

Visiting London * Explore the Coca-Cola London Eye

The London Eye has become a much-loved part of the landscape in a relatively short amount of time. The Eye (whose named sponsor changes every couple of years and currently is Coca Cola) also does the same trick as the Eiffel Tower does for Paris, to let people climb above the city and look back … Continue reading Visiting London * Explore the Coca-Cola London Eye

Girl with the Red Hat * Vermeer’s story from The City by Dean Koontz (Excerpt)

I most clearly recall what she said about Johannes Vermeer, as we stood before his enchanting Girl with the Red Hat. That story has haunted me for almost half a century. Why it haunts me I won’t say just yet, but soon. When Vermeer’s story comes to mind on nights that sleep eludes me, I … Continue reading Girl with the Red Hat * Vermeer’s story from The City by Dean Koontz (Excerpt)

Cassandra Clare * Mortal Instruments Book 2 * City of Ashes

City of Ashes is the second installment in The Mortal Instruments series, an urban fantasy series set in New York written by Cassandra Clare. The novel was one of YALSA's top ten teen books for 2009. Reading it now, though, over a 6-months span of picking it up and putting it down, I can't see … Continue reading Cassandra Clare * Mortal Instruments Book 2 * City of Ashes

The FIREMAN * Joe Hill – Excerpt

FOX said the Dragon had been set loose by ISIS, using spores that had been invented by the Russians in the 1980s. MSNBC said sources indicated the ’scale might’ve been created by engineers at Halliburton and stolen by culty Christian types fixated on the Book of Revelation. CNN reported both sides. All throughout May and … Continue reading The FIREMAN * Joe Hill – Excerpt

Orson Scott Card * Seventh Son

This short book (well short by MY standards) starts off the Alvin Maker series with the birth of the seventh son in the family of a seventh's son. This mythical happening is filled with magic and even as the boy was being born, the water wanted to kill him. As the story goes on, we … Continue reading Orson Scott Card * Seventh Son