Category Archives: What to Muse about life

The Men Who Changed The World

     March 21, 2006. Around 9am. Hey! Did you just feel that?! Feel what? That shaking! Dude! I think there was just an earthquake somewhere nearby. Well, I guess we’ll hear about it on the news tonight. That’s ten freaking hours away. I need to know NOW if there was an earthquake a hundred […]
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Review: Forty Acres by Dwayne Alexander Smith

When I think of a good “thriller,” I think of an adventure story that is full of suspense and mystery. Usually, the outcome of the story is a vital piece of the puzzle that makes everything that came before, make sense. It doesn’t necessarily solve all the problems, but it allows us to understand why […]
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Review: All Fall Down by Jennifer Weiner

When you can see a part of yourself or a loved one in a character of a book without any stretch of the imagination, you know the author knows how to write well. While of course not every facet of any character will apply to any one person, sometimes they just seem so real— a […]
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Did we learn anything? Hotel On The Corner of Bitter and Sweet

Since Rebecca at Love at First Book posted about her plans to give copies of Jamie Ford’s Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet out during World Book Night, I’ve wanted to read this book!  I very much enjoyed reading this book, and it opened my eyes to various ideas and issues that I had […]
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Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand

My grandfather was a ferry pilot with the Royal Canadian Air Force during World War II.  He died when I was too young to really discuss it with him, but essentially his duty involved flying new aircraft manufactured in North America over to Britain.  And this was at a time when trans-atlantic fligths were no […]
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The Martian – How much is a one-way ticket to Mars worth?

As a married father of three young children, there are many days when being stranded alone on Mars sounds like Eden.  Throw in the fact that lead Martian Mark Watney is a mechanical engineer, and heck I’ve daydreamed this scenario several dozen times already. Why do I have such compulsion to escape the people I […]
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Looking Back: A Reflection on The high school years

Because I read Kevin Brockmeier’s A Few Seconds of Radiant Filmstrip: A memoir of seventh grade this weekend, I have actually been thinking back quite a bit to my high school days (seventh grade for Kevin was the first year of Junior High). I’ve looked back probably more than I should, or need to. I […]
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Irish babies: some thoughts on Martin Sixsmith’s Philomena

Philomena: a mother, her son, and a 50 year search by Martin Sixsmith is ripe with conversation starters.Today, I want to talk about the Irish babies. There are all sorts of crazy horrible things that go on in our world, and reading about them makes me angry. I have read other instances of babies being taken […]
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Where I go, after reading Misconception by Paul and Shannon Morell

Recently, I read Misconception by Paul Morell, the shocking true story of a cryogenically frozen embryo that was accidentally thawed and implanted into the womb of a genetically unrelated woman, who then carried the baby to term before handing the new life over to the Morells, the baby’s genetic mother and father. Shannon Morell had […]
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