Books - On My Shelf and Yours Blog Posts

  • My amateurish review of The Dude's Concert at the Pantages...
    on Aug 26, 2014
    As The Dude once said, “Yeah, well, you know, that's just, like, your opinion, man.” Or as this self-proclaimed Dude most often says, “I’m not passing judgment, I’m only making an observation”Keep that in mind as you read through my feebl...
  • A Faithful Spy during Love and War.
    on Mar 4, 2014
    Looking in on someone's marriage could be perceived as spying, but in this case, the couple offers up a memoir of oddities, challenges, love and understandings of when opposites attract, so different in personality and politi...
  • Learn your ABC's: All Books Cash
    on Feb 26, 2014
    I think I was around eight or nine years of age, maybe a bit younger, when my parents took my sister and I to see Johnny and June Carter Cash at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, TN back in the early 70's. I'm not quite sure the exact date.And, I'm...
  • On this day in 1945 on an island in the Pacific...
    on Feb 23, 2014
    On this day in 1945, Marines raise the American flag on top of Mount Suribachi during the Battle of Iwo Jima in WWII.Book Recommendation: Flags of Our Fathers by James Bradley, the son of  flag raiser, John Bradley . An extraordinary b...
  • After reading 'Tell No One', you may want to tell Everyone!
    on Feb 10, 2014
    You've read books you can't put down. Yes, those books that are so good you want to read page after page after page until you're finished; you toss away your list of things to do  because you're so captivated by a book you just want to keep read...
  • Reflections on Reading - 2013
    on Jan 1, 2014
    As we most often times do around this time of year, we reflect back on the year that has passed and look forward to the new year upon us.2013 brought fifty-six adventures in reading;  history, biographies, memoirs, fan fiction and inspiration.56...
  • Trying to fit in...
    on Dec 24, 2013
    Whether you're a reindeer with a red nose, a train with square wheels or a jack in the box named Charlie, we all want to fit in.Throughout our lives, we all want fit in, feel accepted and be a part of something.As a toddler, pre-teen or young adult a...
  • To all the St. Louis Cardinals, Boston Red Sox and Baseball fans alike...
    on Oct 23, 2013
    As you prepare for this years World Series, pause for a bit and think back to your high school days. To those days of summer when you were either playing high school baseball or rooting for your team. Or perhaps cheering on as a proud paren...
  • Her name is Malala....
    on Oct 19, 2013
    Her name is Malala Yousafzai.  She's a teenage girl from the Swat Valley in Pakistan and she... Stood up for girls education Stood up for books Stood up for equality And she was shot. Malala's competitive spirit shines through in her b...
  • Like a Wyoming Grizzley Bear ripping through a Rainbow Trout...
    on Oct 5, 2013
    While ripping through the first two Joe Pickett novels  by CJ Box, I was contemplating my next reading adventure. When in the first few pages of WinterKill, I found my future reading destination. A character at the center of...
  • The passing of Tom Clancy..
    on Oct 4, 2013
    We read books. We read books for enjoyment and education. We read books for escape and knowledge. We read books. ... With the passing of authors Tom Clancy, Vince Flynn and Elmore Leonard, and others this year, the delicate pages of our lives turn.
  • Hey Baby Boomers: This book is for YOU and isn't for those who take themselves too seriously
    on Sep 26, 2013
    Attention Baby Boomers: This book isn't for those who take themselves too seriously. No this book isn't for them. Not for the close-minded, no, not for them. In Billy Crystal's, memoir, Still Foolin' 'Em: Where I've Been, Where I'm Going, and W...
  • Hits ya like a cold wind from the Big Horn mountains...
    on Sep 25, 2013
    ...and keeps you warm like the embers of a camp fire. If you like William Kent Krueger, you'll love C.J. Box and vice versa. Just finished Box's first four Joe Pickett novels, called, Open Season, Savage Run, Winterkill, and Tro...
  • Time, why you punish me....
    on Aug 29, 2013
    Time. We've all heard songs speaking of time: Time in a Bottle by Jim Croce Does Anybody Really Know What Time it Is? by Chicago Time is on My Side by the Rolling Stones Time after Time by Cindi Lauper Time for Me to Fly by REO Speedwagon Feels...
  • Better Hurry...Jobs, Jobs, Jobs...
    on Aug 2, 2013
    The US Jobs report came out today showing improvement in the unemployment rate but jobs added were less than the estimates. But this post isn't about jobs, per se.  It's about jobs as in Steve Jobs. The movie on Steve Jobs' life is due out Aug...
  • And the Oscar goes to ...The Help and HeLa
    on Aug 1, 2013
    Updating to a post from early last year:  As you read further down, The Help and HeLa now have one additional thing in common, not only are they both excellent books, the former being fiction, while the subject of HeLa being a non-fiction,...
  • The Debate Remains: Hardcover/Paperback vs. e-readers
    on Jul 29, 2013
    As technology continues to advance, the literary world has changed with it. From hardcovers and paperbacks to the desktop and laptops to the  Nook, Kindle to Apple, Microsoft tablets, the world has more ways to read now more than ever. What is...
  • "Let the River Run.." and your emotions will flow!
    on Jul 28, 2013
    Paddling around the web, looking for something, can't remember what, I clicked on a link regarding Carly Simon.  Having not kept up with her music for some time, I streamed through websites, learning more and more until... I anch...
  • Everywhere I go and Everywhere that I went...
    on Jul 27, 2013
    Everywhere I go and everywhere I went, I'd look for and/or talk about books. Airports Airplanes Grocery stores Drinks/dinner with friends Drinks/dinner with strangers Chicago Denver St. Louis Phuket London Rome Memphis... Every bookstore...
  • Climbing a tree, hoping the circle will be unbroken?
    on Jul 19, 2013
     Over the 4th of July weekend I climbed a tree. It was tall, full of branches and leaves. Some branches old, but as strong as the truth of oak. Leaves in abundance, over 5000 at last count. Yes I scaled this tree in a journey to learn more about...
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