Friday Review: Girly Drinks: A World History of Women and Alcohol by Mallory O’Meara

My rating: 3 of 5 starsI was eager to read this from the moment I heard about it. I do like a good cocktail, beer, or wine, and have taken up amateur mixology as a hobby. So, to find a book that tells the history of women and alcohol made it an anticipated read. And … Continue reading Friday Review: Girly Drinks: A World History of Women and Alcohol by Mallory O’Meara

Friday Review: Living History by Hilary Rodham Clinton

My rating: 4 of 5 stars(Disclaimer: I like the Clintons. I think they have been subject to unrelenting scrutiny and dislike that I never understood. I am trying to be honest in this review despite that.)"Living History" is Hilary Clinton's autobiography covering her life from childhood through her husband's two terms as President of the … Continue reading Friday Review: Living History by Hilary Rodham Clinton

Friday Review: Becoming by Michelle Obama

My rating: 4 of 5 starsBecoming is Michelle Obama's memoir/autobiography, covering her life from childhood through Barak's terms as President of the United States. It is a simple and powerful book about a woman who has had a somewhat blessed life but remains true to herself and her ideals and convictions.Michelle Obama comes from a … Continue reading Friday Review: Becoming by Michelle Obama

Friday Review: Franklin and Winston: An Intimate Portrait of an Epic Friendship by Jon Meacham (Audiobook)

Narrated by Grover Gardner Franklin and Winston: An Intimate Portrait of an Epic Friendship by Jon Meacham My rating: 4 of 5 stars Few could argue that Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Winston Churchill stood, and still stand, as the guiding forces behind the Allied victories in World War II. Together, they wrote a major part … Continue reading Friday Review: Franklin and Winston: An Intimate Portrait of an Epic Friendship by Jon Meacham (Audiobook)

Friday Review: Origin by Dan Brown (Audiobook)

Origin by Dan Brown My rating: 3 of 5 stars Narrated by Paul Michael In this latest installment of the Robert Langdon series, professor and symbologist Robert Langdon is in Barcelona for a live mega-event being put on by his friend and former student, Edmond Kirsch. Kirsch is a billionaire and futurist, and claims to … Continue reading Friday Review: Origin by Dan Brown (Audiobook)

Monday Musings: Visiting Part of Historic Shirley, MA

On Saturday, we went to the Ales and Trails Brewfest here in Shirley, MA. It was small- only three breweries, a hard cider maker, a local restaurant serving wine samples, and a couple food trucks, along with several bands for entertainment. It was fun, in spite of the small size, and we found a few … Continue reading Monday Musings: Visiting Part of Historic Shirley, MA

Friday Review: Thomas Jefferson: The Art Of Power (Audiobook) by Jon Meacham

Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power by Jon Meacham My rating: 4 of 5 stars Narrated by Edward Herrman Thomas Jefferson has always been a favorite among the American Revolutionaries. Until I read this book, I didn't realize how little I knew about him. He was, along with his political life, a student of sciences, … Continue reading Friday Review: Thomas Jefferson: The Art Of Power (Audiobook) by Jon Meacham

Wednesday Wanderings: Day Trips in MA, Free Fashion Books, Star Wars Quotes, and Robotic Projects

This one is for the local folk. These are some nice day trips you can take in Massachusetts, whether you are a resident or visitor: Eleven MA Day Trips These are not only a good resource for the writers here, but might be interesting reading for history and fashion enthusiasts: Free Fashion Books Back on … Continue reading Wednesday Wanderings: Day Trips in MA, Free Fashion Books, Star Wars Quotes, and Robotic Projects

Wednesday Wanderings: Cassini Photographs Saturn, 3500 Year Old Greek Tomb, Concert Hall Designed by Algorithm, and One Writer’s Journey on Amtrak

The Cassini spacecraft has been sending back some pretty awesome photos of Saturn: Saturn Photos This 3,500 year-old Greek tomb is giving archaeologist's new clues to the roots of Western civilization": Ancient Greek Tomb Stunning concert hall in Hamburg, Germany was designed by algorithms: Elbphilharmonie One writer's take on her time on the Amtrak writer's … Continue reading Wednesday Wanderings: Cassini Photographs Saturn, 3500 Year Old Greek Tomb, Concert Hall Designed by Algorithm, and One Writer’s Journey on Amtrak

Wednesday Wanderings: Newspaper Sculpture, Toxic Ocean Lake, Ancient Greek Mosaics, and Jupiter

Ever wonder if something other than recycling or composting could be done with old newspapers? Here's your answer: Newspaper Sculpture There is a "lake" in the Gulf of Mexico that you won't want to swim in. (Yeah, the head is kinda click bait-y but I thought it was interesting, anyway): Lake in the Sea Archaeologists … Continue reading Wednesday Wanderings: Newspaper Sculpture, Toxic Ocean Lake, Ancient Greek Mosaics, and Jupiter