Category Archives: travel

Thoughts on Booktopia Boulder

It goes without saying, but a weekend dedicated to talking about books and reading is amazing.  Add the beautiful location of Boulder, Colorado and who could ask for anything more? Unlike past Booktopias where I signed up for every session … Continue reading

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Reading Withdrawal

So I am just back from a weekend in Minneapolis (about a six hour drive from where I live) where I watched my 10 y/o nephew play hockey among other activities with my brother and his family.  I had a … Continue reading

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What I’ve Been Reading: Non-Fiction

Before I let things get away from me (again), here are some quick thoughts about some non-fiction books I’ve read in the last month: Breaking the Chain:  How I Banned Chain Restaurants from My Diet and Went from Full to … Continue reading

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Books and Art

  Yesterday I went into Chicago and spent a few hours at The Art Institute, enjoying their special exhibition called Impressionism, Fashion, and Modernity and visiting my favorite Monet pictures in their permanent collection (like this one).  When I was … Continue reading

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Paris in July

I’ve spent the last few days browsing the other blogs participating in Leeswammes’ Literary Giveaway Blog Hop and not only have I entered some great giveaways (there’s still time for you to try your luck!) I discovered new to me … Continue reading

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I have (sadly) returned from a weekend in the land of Booktopia (known to the rest of the world as Oxford, Mississippi).  Three days of talking books with 75 like-minded people — it was truly heaven on earth. We started … Continue reading

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Sitting Around on a Sunday — pre-Booktopia edition!

This is the week I have been waiting for!  Yeah, BEA was last week and it looks like it was a lot of fun, but this weekend a lucky select few of us will be in Oxford, Mississippi for BOOKTOPIA! … Continue reading

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The Voluntourist

The Voluntourist:  A Six-Country Tale of Love, Loss, Fatherhood, Fate, and Singing Bon Jovi in Bethlehem by Ken Budd Published:  2012 by William Morrow Source:  Received ARC from publisher for review Barely a year into his retirement, Ken Budd’s father … Continue reading

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Magazine Monday

I’ve neglected my own feature the last few Mondays, frankly because I hadn’t read any magazine pieces that interested me enough to write about.  This week, however, I am back! The April 16th edition of The New Yorker is labelled “The … Continue reading

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Paris to the Past

Paris to the Past:  Traveling Through French History by Train by Ina Caro Published:  2011 by W.W. Norton Source:  Borrowed from the library   Either books about Paris and/or France are more prevalent on my radar because I’m contemplating a … Continue reading

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