A Pearl of Great Peril

The Pearl by John Steinbeck (1947) - Kino, his wife Juana and their infant son Coyotito are not rich. But thier life is filled with love and contentment. Kino is a pearl diver in Baja California Sur. One day a scorpion falls into the child's bed and stings him. The local doctor won't do anything... Continue Reading →

Secrets, Murder…And Then The Lights Go Out

The Guest List by Lucy Foley  (2020) - A high-profile wedding brings disappointments, secrets, and death to a beautiful island off the coast of Ireland.  Will it be “happily ever after” or will someone else die? Here’s the quick way to think of this book.  Update F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “Great Gatsby” characters to the 21st... Continue Reading →

A Family Vacation…In Hell

To The Vanishing Point by Alan Dean Foster (1988) - The Sonderberg family doesn’t know it yet, but this will not be an ordinary road trip. A quiet drive down Interstate 40 becomes a trip into an alternate reality where they pick up an unassuming hitchhiker. It turns out the family has given a ride... Continue Reading →

A Tiny Bookstore of Great Importance

Our Riches by Kaouther Adimi (2020) (translated from the French by Chris Andrews) The sign in the window at the legendary bookstore "Les Vrais Richesse" reads “One who reads is worth two who don’t” In the city of Algiers in the 1930s, a young man dreams of a place where literature and those who create... Continue Reading →

Creative Growth

There are things I have done all my life (tell stories), there are things I've done for decades (write and take photos), there are things I've done for years (play guitar). I do them with varying levels of expertise or consistency, but they are all staples of my creative life. And after a while I... Continue Reading →

Boyhood, Manhood, and Betrayal

A Separate Peace by John Knowles (1959) – In the early years of World War II, a different conflict takes place in a quiet, New Hampshire boys school. Gene and Phineas will come of age after a single event that explodes everything they think they know about themselves and their world. The story is an... Continue Reading →

Of Anarchy and Monsters

No Gods, No Monsters by Caldwell Turnbull (2021, Blackstone Publishing) - A young man is killed by the police in Boston. Beyond a single death, a fearsome truth is revealed. Monsters are real. When a group of them reveal themselves during a protest event, the world is stunned. Just as quickly, the video of what... Continue Reading →

Well, That Escalated Quickly

So I just realized, and I mean JUST realized, that this blog has gone quiet for over a month. Wow. That was so NOT the plan. The malaise I wrote about in my last post in July has been an ongoing struggle here. As I cruise around my social media groups, I discover I'm not... Continue Reading →

Post Pandemic Problem

The last year and a bit have made a lot of changes in our lives and society. The most common hope I hear is that we will get back to "normal" or something like that. And the sooner the better.Normal. Meaning "the ways things were before". I'm not sure how close we can really get.... Continue Reading →

Betrayed Into Invisibility

Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison (1952) – A young black man struggles to understand who he is and why he is “invisible” to the society that surrounds him. On the journey, people he trusts, people he reveres, and even those who claim they want to help him, will all betray him. Offering an opinion on... Continue Reading →

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