Growing Up

Housecleaning Shortcuts that Slash your Time

Now that Spring Clean is on the menu, we can have a look at different methods and options to shorten your cleaning time. Sometimes it seems like housecleaning is a never-ending, time-consuming chore. Just when we thought we had a day or two off from work, then we have to spend our free time cleaning… Continue reading Housecleaning Shortcuts that Slash your Time

Growing Up

Kick your Pack Rat Tendencies to the Curb

Most people who define themselves as a packrat usually hate to get rid of their belongings because they might need it down the road. The main problem for a pack rat is what to do with all the stuff he or she accumulates. Being a good organizer does not necessarily mean you have to get… Continue reading Kick your Pack Rat Tendencies to the Curb

Detox

Avoid the Avoiding Habit and Find More Time and Less Stress

Procrastination can creep in and easily become a habit. Once it does, it erodes your capacity to function effectively. But it can be a hard habit to break. However, with some honest self-assessment and an organized and attainable plan of attack, it can be overcome successfully. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=arj7oStGLkU How to start Be gentle with yourself when… Continue reading Avoid the Avoiding Habit and Find More Time and Less Stress

Art

Looking forward to NT Live’s Frankenstein

https://youtu.be/SeuAKpKtnzQ Directed by Academy Award®-winner Danny Boyle (Trainspotting, Slumdog Millionaire, Steve Jobs), this thrilling production features Benedict Cumberbatch (BBC’s Sherlock, The Imitation Game) and Jonny Lee Miller (CBS’s Elementary, Trainspotting) alternating roles as Victor Frankenstein and his creation. The production was a sell-out hit at the National Theatre in 2011, and the broadcast has since… Continue reading Looking forward to NT Live’s Frankenstein

Book Reviews

Alvin Maker * The Red Profet * Orson Scott Card

Red Prophet by Orson Scott Card is the second in the Alvin Maker series (after The Seventh Son) and is a dramatic look at what early America could have been. This work of fiction involves characters pulled from reality that include Ta-Kumsaw (Tecumseh) and his brother Tenskwa-Tawa (Tenskwatawa); taken from the time of Napoleon Bonaparte… Continue reading Alvin Maker * The Red Profet * Orson Scott Card

Stephen King

Autopsy in room 4 * Stephen King Short Story

"Subject is a white Caucasian, age forty - four," Pete says, speaking for the mike now, speaking for posterity. "His name is Howard Randolph Cottrell, residence is 1566 Laurel Crest Lane, here in Derry." Imagine you are on an autopsy table. Not dead but breathing ever so slightly. And everyone thinks you are dead. You get undressed, you get checked… Continue reading Autopsy in room 4 * Stephen King Short Story

Book Reviews, Stephen King

The Tommyknockers * Stephen King’s Green Light UFO

“Late last night and the night before, tommyknockers, tommyknockers knocking on my door. I wanna go out, don't know if I can 'cuz I'm so afraid of the tommyknocker man.” Like many of the Mother Goose rhymes, the verse about the Tommyknockers is deceptively simple. The origin of the word is difficult to trace. Webster's… Continue reading The Tommyknockers * Stephen King’s Green Light UFO

Book Reviews

Homage to Catalonia * George Orwell

After passing through the futuristic dystopian and totalitarian society presented in 1984, I decided to give one of George Orwell's classics a go: Homage to Catalonia. Written in the form of an autobiographical novel, Orwell presents his days in the Spanish army, their unpreparedness and their fall into the hands of the Communists influences coming from… Continue reading Homage to Catalonia * George Orwell

Poetry

“Bright star, would I were stedfast as thou art” * Keats – Valentine’s poetry

Bright star, would I were stedfast as thou art—          Not in lone splendour hung aloft the night And watching, with eternal lids apart,          Like nature's patient, sleepless Eremite, The moving waters at their priestlike task          Of pure ablution round earth's human shores, Or gazing on the new soft-fallen mask          Of snow upon the mountains and… Continue reading “Bright star, would I were stedfast as thou art” * Keats – Valentine’s poetry