of time and money

I’ve been reading … White Trash: the 400 year untold history of class in America by Nancy Isenberg (2016) Hillbilly Elegy: a memoir of a family and culture in crisis by J.D. Vance (2016) No matter what you call them – crackers, rednecks, trailer trash, white trash – white people who live on the edges of society are there. Often unseen by the rest of us, they live day to … Continue reading of time and money

Kate Chopin

For a Toastmasters speech, I read aloud Kate Chopin’s “Story of an Hour”.  This is the story of a woman, who hearing that her husband has died in an accident, realizes that his death frees her of her wifely obligations. The story was published in 1894 in Vogue. The author, Kate Chopin, is one of America’s first feminist writers. Born in 1850, she grew up … Continue reading Kate Chopin

Tuesday Double Header – San Andreas – Trouble with the Curve

I started this post back in April – I must have been interrupted because they really are a couple of movies worth watching. Just watched San Andreas (PG-13) with Dwayne Johnson – a classic disaster movie. Dwayne plays Ray Gaines, a LA Fire Dept Rescue helicopter pilot. He is planning to take his daughter to San Francisco to college when there is a severe earthquake … Continue reading Tuesday Double Header – San Andreas – Trouble with the Curve

$1.99 Books, or so many books …

I have been reading a lot of Amazon’s $.99 – $3.99 books. Some of them are specials from popular authors, such as Steve Martini, Lisa Scottoline, and Michael Connelly. Others are mysteries from less well known authors. I have read series books by Torquil MacLeod, James Grippando, Quentin Bates, Leena Lehtolainen and others. Often the first book in the series is offered at a low … Continue reading $1.99 Books, or so many books …

Tuesday Movie – Whisky Tango Foxtrot

Went to see a new movie today – Whiskey Tango Foxtrot. This light version of a woman reporter (Tina Fey) going to a war zone on the spur of the moment is good. It is not a deep indictment of the futility of war, but does touch on the effect of the U.S. war against the Taliban in Afghanistan on does touch on the effect … Continue reading Tuesday Movie – Whisky Tango Foxtrot

Descent by Tim Johnston

A teenage girl is abducted from the trail where she is running and her brother is bicycling with her. Her brother, Sean, is found injured from a wrecking the bike, but does not remember much about the abduction. For several months, the family – Grant, Angela, and Sean – search for Caitlin. When she is not found, the family flies apart. The father, Greg, stays … Continue reading Descent by Tim Johnston

Tuesday Movie

A great thing about being retired is that I can go to the $5 movies on Tuesdays. I have been taking advantage of the opportunity so see current movies. I’m also trying to see all the major academy award nominees before the Awards – I probably won’t make that, but I’ll keep watching. ***1/2 – Today, I saw Sisters with Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. The movie is about … Continue reading Tuesday Movie