Photo of Uluru in Australia.

This past Monday, January 26, was Australia Day, the national day of Australia where Australians celebrate the founding of their country. Australia is a unique country/continent with many fascinating stories both […]

The Slow Regard of Silent Things by Patrick Rothfuss This is an excellent book which is not for everyone. The author freely admits that, but not until the end notes, […]

"Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that." Martin Luther King, Jr. quote on clouds and sun photograph.

This past Monday was Martin Luther King, Jr. Day; a day set aside to honor his life and his amazing contributions to our society. Though he was killed nearly fifty […]

Photograph of a flower.

Speaking as a Mid-Westerner by birth, winter here in Pasadena is a little odd. It’s cooler than summer, yes, but definitely not winter cold like I’m used to. In fact, […]

Ipod playing podcast Serial.

If you, like much of America, became obsessed with the podcast Serial over the past few months and are still, several weeks after the last episode, mourning its loss, never fear, […]

Blood Red by Mercedes Lackey For the past several years, Mercedes Lackey has been exploring the fictional possibilities of folkloric tales from throughout Europe. In her Elemental Masters series, each […]

Olympus Has Fallen Want to watch a film where people either think it’s entertaining fun or it’s about the most horrible thing they have ever watched? Then I say watch […]

Two days ago, December 7, 2014, marked the 73rd anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, which ushered the United States into combat in World War II. As FDR famously […]

Full Measure by T. Jefferson Parker This book is unlike most of Parker’s fiction, in that it is not exactly a crime novel, although there are several crimes involved. It […]

Gothic spire with crows and clouds.

We’re actually getting two days full of rain here in Southern California, much needed for the environment to be sure, and an interesting change of atmosphere from the perpetually sunny […]