Category Archives: Books

Misunderstanding

In the large shopping mall, the little boy kept tugging at my sleeve insisting that I buy a beer. “It’s only 50-cents. Please,I want beer.” I repeatedly told him, “No, I cannot buy you a beer.” The boy said, “One … Continue reading

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Dear Diary

Every single night, sick or healthy, I write something in my diary. It doesn’t matter what is written. Many of the entries state the weather conditions. I like this simple data because they set the tone for a day. By … Continue reading

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The Secret Life Of Cats (Review)

I have one lingering criticism of Thomas McNamee’s latest book The Inner Life of Cats: The Science and Secrets of Our Mysterious Feline Companions. That is there are no photographs of the cat who is the featured character. The only cats … Continue reading

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Something About Jane Addams

One of the best things about combing through and culling your own archives is stumbling across books that inspired some aspect of your life. One book that was buried in my brass trunk was Jane Addams and Social Reform: A … Continue reading

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Death As An Advisor

There is a phrase from Carlos Castaneda’s book Journey To Ixtlan that has haunted me for decades. “…turn to your left and ask advice from your death.” It was part of a conversation Castaneda had with the Yaqui sorcerer don Juan … Continue reading

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To Condense

Once in awhile I stumble across old Reader’s Digest Condensed Books. Only occasionally do I bother to read anything from them. They have all the literary appeal of Cliff’s Notes. One time I wondered if there was a Reader’s Digest … Continue reading

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Theft By Finding (Review)

I noticed David Sedaris’ latest book, Theft by Finding: Diaries 1977-2002, on the shelf and knew instantly it had to come home with me. I didn’t even bother to open it for a sample. Sedaris’ writing has never let me down. … Continue reading

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