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

Friday Review: The Letters Of John and Abigail Adams

The Letters of John and Abigail Adams by John Adams My rating: 4 of 5 stars I have long been a fan of Abigail Adams. Though she was largely educated by her mother and grandmother (having been determined to be too sickly for public education), she became one of the most intelligent and knowledgable women … Continue reading Friday Review: The Letters Of John and Abigail Adams

Friday Review: The Haunting of America by William J. Birnes and Joel Martin

The Haunting of America: From the Salem Witch Trials to Harry Houdini by Joel Martin My rating: 3 of 5 stars I will admit that this was a rather slow read for me. Not because it is not a good read, but it is non-fiction, and rather textbook-ish, and that is always a bit slower … Continue reading Friday Review: The Haunting of America by William J. Birnes and Joel Martin

Wednesday Wanderings: Historic Photos, Cat and Mouse Armor, Lego Art, and Smaug in Gingerbread

Some interesting historic photos: Historic Photos This guy designs armor for mice and cats. Some of these pieces are truly spectacular: Cat and Mouse Armor Some of these may be held together with glue, but even so, this is real Lego art: Medieval Legos And, last, who wouldn't want a gingerbread dragon?: Gingerbread Smaug ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ … Continue reading Wednesday Wanderings: Historic Photos, Cat and Mouse Armor, Lego Art, and Smaug in Gingerbread