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Quote of the day, Dec. 8

Bill Bryson, from A Short History of Nearly Everything

“It is easy to overlook this thought that life just is. As humans we are inclined to feel that life must have a point. 105 more words


Quote of the day

But that’s the glory of foreign travel, as far as I am concerned. I don’t want to know what people are talking about. I can’t think of anything that excites a greater sense of childlike wonder than to be in a country where you are ignorant of almost everything. 172 more words


December 8 in history

65 BC Horace, Roman poet, was born (d. 8 BC).

1432 – The first battle between the forces of Švitrigaila and Sigismund Kęstutaitis was fought near the town of Oszmiana (Ashmyany), launching the most active phase of the… 627 more words



Friedrich Gerstacker became a celebrity in his native Germany when he travelled to the Americas in the 1800s and his mother, unbeknown to him, had his letters to her published in the local newspapers. 202 more words

the end of the world as we know it - but I feel fine.

The Second World War is a fading memory and America rules the world. Bill Bryson (2007) The Life and Times of The Thunderbolt Kid: Travels Through My Childhood… 855 more words

Chefs’ Selections: The Best Books Read During 2016 Part 2

Editor’s Note: Continuing an annual tradition, we take a moment to pause at year’s end to look back on the best books we encountered. As always, this is not a “best books of 2016″ list, but a list of the best books the Chefs read during 2016 — the books might be classics, a few years old, or brand new. 2,451 more words


Most Borrowed e-Audiobooks of 2016

There is something simply exhilarating about this time of year.  For me it’s the Best Of… lists that permeate the Internet. I eagerly look forward to any list that tells us what others have read (or listened to) and loved.  110 more words