Monthly Archives: December 2009

Happy New Year!

2010: The Year We Make Contact What it is we make contact with, of course, is still to be determined… I’m feeling much better today, yesterday I got lots of rest and didn’t stay up too late or have too … Continue reading

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the in-between week, and New Year’s Eve

The end of the year draws nigh I’ll be glancing in but not posting much – or at all – this week. There are many tasks needing my attention, including posting here, but I’m just plain tired. It’s cool and … Continue reading

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Bounty of the Season

Christmas means many things to people, for some it’s about being with family, for others it has religious significance, often for the children it’s a time of receiving gifts. I enjoy and celebrate all of those things at Christmastime, I … Continue reading

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Merry Christmas!

Ho, ho, ho! Good tidings to all! May everyone have a Christmas filled with delightful surprises! and, of course, lots of good books.

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Away for Christmas

I’ll be off the computer for a while, enjoying the season. Very best to everyone for a healthy, happy and special holiday, and best wishes to all for the coming year. There will NOT be a Friday Forgotten Book or … Continue reading

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The Nutcracker

Saturday Soundtrack # 11 The Nutcracker (complete), Mariss Jansons conducting the London Philharmonic Orchestra, EMI Classics CDQB 7 54649 2, two disc set, released 1992. If there is a soundtrack for this season, surely it’s the music from the ballet … Continue reading

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Fond Childhood Memories… Part 2

The 17th entry in a series of “Friday Forgotten Books” When it was suggested we Friday Forgotten Book participants do a post on a favorite book from our own childhood, I thought it was a great idea, but how could I pick … Continue reading

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The Disappeared

The Disappeared by Kristine Kathryn Rusch ROC 2002 mass market paperback first in the Retrieval Artist series. In this first of her series of Retrieval Artist novels, Kristine Kathryn Rusch has written solid – and very entertaining blend – of mystery … Continue reading

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Christmas shopping today………

I was going to post another Christmas short story collection today, but I got caught by the season and calendar. I finally had to do as much of my shopping as I could. I spent 5 hours, went to 11 … Continue reading

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More Holmes for the Holidays

Greenberg, Lellenberg, Waugh, Editors, Berkley Prime Crime, 1999 This is the third in my series of holiday short story collections. This is the follow-up collection to Holmes for the Holidays, this one containing 11 stories. Again a strong cast of … Continue reading

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New Moon

Saturday Soundtrack # 10 New Moon music composed, conducted and produced by Alexandre Desplat, on CD: E1 Music (E1E-cd-2075) This film, directed by Chris Weitz, is based on the second book in the string of unfathomably popular novels by Stephanie … Continue reading

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Fond Childhood memories… Part 1

The 16th entry in a series of “Friday Forgotten Books” When it was suggested we Friday Forgotten Book participants do a post on a favorite book from our own childhood, I thought it was a great idea. Still, there were … Continue reading

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Holmes for the Holidays

Holmes for the Holidays, Greenberg, Lellenberg, Waugh, Editors, Berkley Prime Crime, 1996 This is the second in my series of holiday short story collections, this time 14 Sherlock Holmes pastiches by a distinguished group of writers. What could be better … Continue reading

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2010 Comic-Con

I got the usual postcard in the mail from Comic-Con yesterday, stirring the pot for interest in the coming summer’s extravaganza. One thing though. Four Day Passes are already sold out. Single day passes go on sale by internet December … Continue reading

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Bax – The Symphonies

Sir Arnold Bax – The Symphonies, Chados Records CHAN 10122(5), 2003 5 disc, Symphony #1 – #7 plus two incidental works Sir Arnold Bax. I’d not heard of him when – many years ago – I walked into a local … Continue reading

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Pearl Harbor Day

December 7th, 1941. I was born just under four years later, but this day affected my life and the lives of every other American of my parents generation. WWII and our involvement in it are significant place markers in their … Continue reading

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Christmas season is here

Around my home, today is the dat to put up the Christmas lights. Always a lot of work, but pretty when finished. Since we have family and friends out of state, it’s also the day to get the wrapping and … Continue reading

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add to Horner

Yesterday in my weekly Saturday Soundtrack posting I featured James Horner’s Searching For Bobby Fischer. For anyone who enjoys film music, this November 30th article on Horner, his work and his thoughts on scoring the forthcoming film AVATAR is sure … Continue reading

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Searching for Bobby Fischer

Saturday Soundtrack # 9 Searching for Bobby Fischer music composed and conducted by James Horner, on CD: Big Screen Records (9 24532-2) This is the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack for the 1993 film starring Max Pomeranc, Joe Mantegna, Joan Allen, … Continue reading

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The Case of the Velvet Claws

by Erle Stanley Gardner, © 1933 The 15th entry in a series of Friday Forgotten Books The cover shown here isn’t the one on the book I have – mine is in a 3-novel volume titled A Perry Mason Omnibus published … Continue reading

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