Donna Tartt is a master storyteller: she lets us watch as "candle-flames dissolve and leap up in wicked prisms," lets us hear "a chorus of tree frogs shrill back and forth across the road, their song pulsing vertiginously between left ear and right in stereophonic sound," lets us smell Christy Dooley's soup breath. Though both The... Continue Reading →
For me, the worst kinds of books are those that disappoint. Next Year in Havana by Chanel Cleeton promised an intriguing glimpse into the mystery of Havana, that forbidden place that's been sequestered by corrupt government and untouched by big brand corporate America, indeed isolated in what would seem to be an alternate time. Cleeton... Continue Reading →
I was doing my custodial work the other day, and I met a woman who told me that nursing homes are starting to use cats to sense death. I thought this interesting and did some of my own research. It turns out, she was generalizing, but as usual, there is some truth in fallacy. Introducing cats... Continue Reading →
The perfect comfort drink for a stressful day or to dull caffeine jitters. 1 Cup of Steamed Almond Milk 1 Tablespoon of Unsweetened Cocoa Powder 1 Teaspoon Coconut Sugar Cinnamon, Cardamom, and Nutmeg Interesting fact: Cardamom is supposed to help with digestive upset and IBS, cinnamon has anti-inflammatory properties, and all three work as de-stressors!
In Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland, Alice is a pawn, and as in chess, she can only move forward but never back. The Dodo is Carroll making fun of himself - he had a stammer, and when saying his real name he'd say Charles Do-do-dodgson. The Mad Hatter is mad because at the time hats were made with... Continue Reading →
THE GOLDFINCH by Donna Tartt - The writing is absolutely beautiful. Tartt has an incredible way of immersing you into her main character, Theo's mind, world, and emotions: you feel exhausted when he's exhausted - you feel like time dragging on when he feels time dragging on. The main criticism I found readers had was... Continue Reading →
"Elephants 'have few vices, are gentle, obedient, and patient' . . . But despite their formidable size, their health can be rather fragile. In fact, 'if neglected they rapidly go to pieces.' . . The African's ears are enormous and wide –the biggest mammal ears in the world . . .the trunks provide the elephants with... Continue Reading →