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Reading the West

A trip to England in the early 1990s demonstrated to me that I was a Westerner to the bone. It was so wet and so green—and where was the bright, hot sun? Texas, Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, Utah…these places are my places. After that vacation, I began to seek out western writers. They offered a […]

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Importance of Memory Games for Seniors

Fear of dementia or Alzheimer’s is one of the primary concerns for aging baby boomers. While there is no clear way of preventing memory degeneration, researchers have concluded there are things you can do to keep you brain active. Memory games for seniors is one way to prevent dementia. Playing games can be an important […]

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Soundtrack for a Revolution Documentary Review

Although this 2009 documentary was created featuring the music of the Civil Rights Movement within the United States, what remains with me, haunts me really, are the images. Our family was among the first in our small town to have a television. I remember watching I Love Lucy, the Ed Sullivan Show, The Gary Moore […]

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Southern Sisters Mystery Series Review

I’ve just finished reading the Southern Sisters mystery series, written by Anne George. Although not great literature, each book is filled with personality and charm. They are just the thing for a cold winter’s day or a beach vacation. I especially appreciated that the two sisters, Patricia Anne (called “Mouse”) and Mary Alice (called “Sister”), […]

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Retirement Activities with Entertainment

Baby boomers grew up during a ballooning period of entertainment. Seventy-seven million strong, they said, “Entertain me.” Throughout their lifetime, communication and technology grew and changed to accommodate them. The retirement years provide an opportunity to not only be entertained, but also be involved in performing and producing entertainment. While most people aren’t going to […]

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Things to Do In Phoenix AZ Children’s Musuem

If you have a toddler or pre-schooler and are looking for things to do in Phoenix AZ, a visit the Children’s Museum is a wonderful way to spend the day. While the website says the museum is for ages one to eleven, the vast majority of youngsters were under six when we were there. I […]

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Mystery Novels Without Blood and Gore

Ed. Note: I like mysteries, but am not interested in reading about psychopaths on a rampage.  I asked my friend Christa, who is a regular contributor to this blog, for her suggestions. Since, I’m sure I’m not the only one looking for a intriguing, but harmless mystery, I thought I’d share them with you. You […]

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Larry Crowne Movie Review

Last weekend, I watched this appealing movie for a second time. When the film was originally released in 2011, reviews were not very good. I attribute that to the movie having no exploding cars or car chases, no sex other than one funny kiss, no cursing, and no violence. What it does have is intelligence, […]

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Reading (a real book) Is Good for You

I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book. Groucho Marx Since electronic readers became available, there has been quite an uproar about the “death of the book.”  Knowing a multitude of book readers, I don’t live in fear of this eventuality […]

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The King’s Speech-The Movie

After seeing The King’s Speech recently (http://www.kingsspeech.com), I told friends “If Colin Firth didn’t win an Oscar for that role, he was robbed!” I was very happy to find that not only did Firth receive the Oscar for his amazingly human and nuanced portrayal of George VI, but Tom Hooper won for Best Director, David […]

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