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Favorites of 2017


One of my New Years resolutions for 2017 was to read more classic literature and watch classic films I have missed in the past. As you can see form this list, I have accomplished that, partially in thanks to TCM … Continue reading

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“Climatopolis” isn’t “Hot” enough to evoke change


I was looking forward to reading Climatopolis, by author Matthew Kahn, as its title hinted at the eye-opening and daunting challenges facing society that I found previously while reading the superb book, Hot, Living Through the Next 50 Years on Earth by … Continue reading

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America’s most/least literate cities


For the most part, I will let these lists speak for themselves. Most literate cities in America: Washington, DC Seattle, Washington Minneapolis, Minnesota Atlanta, Georgia Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Least literate cities (all news is not so sunny from the Sunbelt): Bakersfield, … Continue reading

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Tackling the continent’s great divide by foot


I finished reading an interesting and enjoyable book last week that was written by Jennifer A. Hanson. Entitled, Hiking the Continental Divide Trail; One Woman’s Journey, the book documented a multi-month long hiking journey she and her husband (for most … Continue reading

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Seeking happiness in ”The Geography of Bliss”


What do the Netherlands, Switzerland, Qatar, Iceland, Bhutan, Moldova, Thailand, India, Great Britain, and the United States all have in common? There are places that author Eric Weiner visited in his worldwide quest to determine the roots of true happiness … Continue reading

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Wavering between tomorrow and yesterday


My guess is that most readers of this blog have at one time or another sampled an e-reader, tablet, or equivalent technology to slowly peruse an electronic version of a book. If you are like me, you probably found them to … Continue reading

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Weaving Durban into words – a marvelous urban anthology!


I cannot praise the book Durban in a Word highly enough. It is hands down the best collection of short stories and essays I have ever (ever!) read…and they are all about one quite amazing city and its residents – Durban (eThekwini), … Continue reading

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Airmail dAIRdevils – one ‘first-class’ read


Most of us have become accustomed to the benefits of overnight air delivery of mail, packages, and freight in the past three or four decades. The onset of corporate giants like Fedex and UPS have made these services largely routine. … Continue reading

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The urban bicyclist’s magazine du jour


Just this past weekend while manning the MSU Bikes booth at the 17th Annual Quiet Waters Symposium in East Lansing, I was introduced to a bicycling magazine I had not come across before – Urban Velo.  After reading a few issues, it … Continue reading

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Portals to infinity…and beyond


I love reading books. No other medium allows me to become so totally engrossed in the story over an extended period of time. I have never quite understood those who prefer to blow through book after book like it is … Continue reading

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