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Say What?

When we visited the National Museum of Scotland in October, we ventured into the “rocks and minerals” wing, usually a favorite spot for my daughter. However, this time, it was my son who seemed to have a strong reaction to the amethyst geodes and orbicular granodiorite. 1,141 more words

A Streetcar Named Danger

The Comfort of Strangers (1990, Paul Schrader, dir.)

Helen Mirren, Natasha Richardson 

The top ten reasons to watch this film:

1. The lush, seductive score by Angelo Badalamenti. 138 more words

Indie Films

A bookish game we can all play

Our minds make connections in strange and wonderful ways. I’m sure we’ve all had the experience of thinking about one thing, only to find, a couple of minutes later, that we’re thinking about something else entirely. 516 more words


Solar: Self Interest in Alternative Energy?

If an alien arrived on earth and saw all this sunlight, he’d be amazed to hear that we think we’ve got an energy problem. (30) 1,713 more words

Energy Resources

Review: Oxford Literary Festival

If I had given the matter any thought, I might have guessed that Oxford would have a literary festival – a big one with a marquee and moveable bookshelves. 455 more words


My Review of McEwan's On Chesil Beach

On Chesil Beach, by Ian McEwan

…a reluctant book review

I have to be honest here, I don’t particularly enjoy writing reviews. In fact, I read about ten times as many books as I write about here. 434 more words


"The police already have your picture..."

Note: This post is the twenty-fifth installment in my author’s commentary for City of Exiles, covering Chapter 24. You can read the earlier installments  949 more words