Complicit is the "word of the year," just announced by Dictionary.com. You're probably not surprised. In fact, you probably guessed it would be some word related to corruption or intrigue. We know that words have power, though. And, the fact that "complicit" sums up everything that we see and feel in 2017 is tragic. Defined, you already know that it involved illegality...
It may seem like you've heard it all before. After all, it's as ancient as the David and Goliath story, or as modern as the next brave new idea. Perhaps the real tragedy is not that Book World is closing its doors, but that it's become an acceptable, even expected, ending. Book World launched in 1976. Like me, you may have grown...
The City
The sounds of music filter through the lines of The City, by Dean Koontz. And, it's not just the rhythm of the words or the pitter-patter of the symbols. There's something quite like soul that breathes (and even seems to come alive) in the pages of this novel. The City (Miss. Pearl). The city is a character. She's the fairy godmother, the...

Scrooge Quotes – ‘A Christmas Carol’ Memories

When you read, re-read, or think about A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens, the ending always comes to mind (how could it not), but there's also a whole myriad of images that flood back: the...
Gatsby

Within and Without – ‘The Great Gatsby’

With The Great Gatsby and other works, F. Scott Fitzgerald chronicled the Jazz Age of the 1920's. But, he also lived the life. He and his wife, Zelda, embraced it -- which may be...
Mary Shelley

5 Reasons Mary Shelley Was (and is) Important

From the first time I read about Mary Shelley, and then on to the moments I've spent devouring the pages of her most famous work, Frankenstein... I've been fascinated by the story of Mary...

Tessie Tames Her Tongue #ReadYourWorld

Multicultural Children's Books Day is here for 2018 (1/27/2018), and we were thrilled to review Tessie Tames Her Tongue, by Melissa Martin, Ph.D., with illustrations by Charles Lehman. My 7-year-old son immediately described the book as "awesome,"...
Japan

Founding Japan

Feb 11, 660 BC, is the date traditionally associated with the founding of Japan by Emperor Jimmu (神武天皇 Jimmu-Tenno, meaning "Divine Might"). According to legend, he was a direct descendant of Sun Goddess Amaterasu...
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