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In The Spotlight: Edney Silvestre's Happiness is Easy

Hello, All,

Welcome to another edition of In The Spotlight. Some crime novels don’t fit neatly into the conventional ‘crime novel’ structure. And that can be good for the genre, as it makes it more flexible and inclusive. 1,003 more words


The Horizon Hunter #4

“Life in Atlantis was okay, I guess. The neighbours all knew our story and warned us many times whenever the inspectors were checking up on people’s ID’s. 1,343 more words

Cairo: The Mother of the World

Come with me on a journey through the streets of Cairo. It is one of the oldest cities in the world, and one of the biggest, teeming with life, with history, with ideas, inspiration, kindness and suffering, wealth, poverty and greed. 1,345 more words


Age and invisibility

Little is more sexually humbling than advancing age. That creeping feeling of mounting sexual inconsequence, being invisible like a worn-out shoe strewn in the back of a crowded closet, the loss of being admired and desired in everyday flirtations, oh, yay. 1,491 more words


They're Tearing it Down Now, But it's Just as Well*

Change is often difficult, even if the change is a good one. It upsets the status quo and it means that we have to get used to something new. 1,241 more words

Agatha Christie

Stepping Stones Through Time

This photo may work better as an idea than as an actuality, but this week Paula at Black & White Sunday gives us the prompt of ‘layers’, and here (for me at least) there are many layers, not only of light and shadow, surface reflections and leafy river bed, but also of present and past, the stones that my maternal ancestors may well have stepped on for nearly two centuries. 1,069 more words

Tish Farrell Writer

Ballad For F. Scott Fitzgerald*

As this is posted, it would have been F. Scott Fitzgerald’s 120th birthday. His best-known work, The Great Gatsby, has been examined from a number of different perspectives, and it’s widely considered his finest novel (although, speaking strictly for me, … 853 more words