- Honoring My Father
I collect cookbooks. Now, I’m not known for my cooking, though I do bake some wonderful cheesecakes that do very well at my church’s dessert auctions. The youth of our church decided to produce a cookbook as a fundraiser. We were all asked to provide recipes. As I’m not a person who makes up recipes, I was a bit stumped until I remembered my father’s cookbook. I’m not talking a published cookbook, but a collection of recipes in Dad’s own handwriting. Soups, stews, potpies, vegetable side dishes—to say they took me back in time is an understatement.
- Author Clive Cussler
What author is prolific, fun, testosterone loaded, and a great read? Clive Cussler. If you haven’t read any of his works, I highly recommend that you start. They are great fun—nothing heavy, but there’s lots of adventure and action. I’ll grant you that some of the premises are a little over the top, but, hey, what’s wrong with that in a work of fiction?
- Introduction to a New (to Me!) Author
I was introduced to a new writer in May—K.O. Dahl, referred to as the Norwegian Henning Mankell on the back cover of his latest book, The Man in the Window.
[amazon cover 0571230911] Discovering that this was not the first in a series, I had to order The Fourth Man, winner of Norway’s Riverton Prize for Best Crime Novel, and start at the beginning. I was so taken with this first book that I decided to review it, a wonderful pager-turner that was difficult to put down.
- Cottonwood Festival at Brickyard Park
In my hometown of Hastings, Nebraska, we have a number of fun, affordable events during the summer. In June, the Cottonwood Festival makes its appearance at Brickyard Park, a lovely city park with an outdoor amphitheatre and rolling hills.
- Kurt Wallander Series on PBS
In May, PBS showed adaptations of three books from Henning Mankell’s series featuring Kurt Wallander: Sidetracked, Firewall, and One Step Behind. (Visit Henning Mankell’s Web site to learn more about his writing.)
I’ve been a Mankell/Wallander fan for a long time. As always, I was concerned that the shows would stay as true as possible to the books and to the character of Wallander. Fortunately, I was pleased with both.
- Heading for Italy and Greece
Well, as I write this, I am worried about getting my bag packed for two weeks in Italy and Greece.
Julie Bohlen, who works for Silver Planet, and three of her daughters are going with me on a 10-day tour of Italy with ACIS, and then the five of us head off on our own for three days in Greece. Both are places that I have always wanted to visit and thought I probably never would.
- My Take on The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
[amazon cover 0385340990] My friend Nancy Jelinek, who also reviews books and maintains a blog on Silver Planet, has already posted a review of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows; however, I just finished reading it myself and had to let you know what I think of it too.
- A Favorite Character Reappears
Author Thomas Perry won the Edgar Award for The Butcher’s Boy, and Metzer’s Dog was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, but my favorite books of his are those he wrote as a series featuring his character Jane Whitefield: Vanishing Act, The Face Changers, Shadow Woman, and Dance for the Dead.
- A Bone to Pick
I enjoy listening to books on CD or audiotape while driving, especially on long trips. Recently, I bought the audio presentation of a book I’d actually read. This may not make sense to some of you, but if I have enjoyed a book, I have no problems with it. However, there were times during the trip that I thought I’d goofed up and missed a CD.
The last CD ended as I drove up to my destination. I sat in the car wondering what happened to the parts of the story I’d read, but not heard, and then it hit me.
- Dance Recitals
When was the last time you attended a dance recital? Aren’t they fun? The granddaughters had one this weekend, and, of course, Grandma and Grandpa were more than happy to go.