Sax musician Johnny Hodges

May 16, 2016

I came across an online profile of sax player Johnny Hodges the other day that I found to be extremely interesting. I don’t often read about musicians, but got caught up in a link chain that ultimately led to his bio. Apparently, Johnny was so good that Duke Ellington called him “irreplaceable”. Talk about a […]


Christmas Shopping List

December 21, 2015

I’ve been so busy this year that I’ve left some of my Christmas shopping until practically the last minute. I have my immediate family taken care of (thank goodness), but still have a few items left to buy. Among them are: Panera Bread Gift Cards for my cousin Musician Friend’s dj headphones for my nephew […]


Contemporary Cowboys

June 23, 2015

I don’t read too many novels from the Western genre, but when I do, I tend to imagine the main characters as old-school John Wayne types. That works well enough for Zane Grey and Louis L’Amour; however, when reading something more contemporary, I need to update my image of what these cowboys might look like. […]


Troubleshooting & Maintaining Your PC for Dummies

July 7, 2012

My mom has a relatively old PC and is starting to have some problems with it. Since I can’t run over to her house to help every time something happens, I’m thinking of ordering this Troubleshooting & Maintaining Your PC for Dummies reference book for her. This guide is actually a 6-in-1 volume that covers […]


Valentine’s Day Gifts

January 18, 2012

Valentine’s Day is coming up soon, which means it’s time to start thinking about what you want to get for that special someone in your life. I always end up buying personalized gifts from RedEnvelope for Valentine’s Day because I love having engraved stuff all over my house. Coffee mugs, picture frames, champagne flutes, business […]


Best and Worst Books of 2011

January 1, 2012

The title of the post is a bit misleading. This list is a compilation of the best and worst books that I read in 2011, not of books that were published in 2011. As usual, my opinion is just that and isn’t meant to be a final pronouncement about anything. My main goal when reading […]


Book Meme

January 4, 2011

I found this list over at a blog called Still Learning, and thought it looked like fun to go through. I’m not going to tag anyone, but here are the instructions if you’d like to play along. (I’ve read 66, btw.) Instructions: • Copy this list. • Bold those books you’ve read in their entirety. […]


Christmas 2010

December 26, 2010

So now that the holiday is over, I can finally sit back and relax with some books! I received quite a few books this year, as you might expect, but also got some very interesting and unusual christmas ornaments that I can’t wait to use next year. I started collecting unusual ornaments a couple years […]


Enriched Edition Kindle Books

October 8, 2010

Have you heard about these new “enriched edition” Kindle books that are currently being offered? I just stumbled across them today as I was looking at Michael Connelly’s latest book, The Reversal. Enriched editions sound more like video games than books, which makes me anxious to try one! No, you don’t need to hook up […]


Happy Birthday, Agatha Christie!

September 15, 2010

I was fooling around on Google earlier this morning, mostly looking for epiduo reviews to see if that stuff would work for my skin, when I came across a blurb stating that today would have been Agatha Christie’s 120th birthday. To honor the occasion, has this awesome Christie tribute doodle on their homepage. One […]