To God’s Ear
Posted on January 31, 2017

I was looking at a book of medieval art in which the artists were trying, rather naively, to represent the process of praying, with charming results!

Books for Sailing Afar
Posted on January 24, 2017

“There is no frigate like a book to bear us lands away...” These favorite words from Emily Dickinson have never seemed more apt than today. I long ago discovered that there was nowhere I could not go; all I needed was a book to take me there.

Keeping Us Safe
Posted on January 17, 2017

I am just back from a trip to Texas and Homeland Security almost got me.

I was sailing merrily through the Houston airport , marveling that there were so few people in the screening line, when my bag was flagged for further inspection. The examiner commented on my neat packing and then reached in to pull out the offending item for a closer look. I wanted to see what it was too. Well, it was a fruit cake that the monks I had been staying with had given me as a parting gift!

Great Advice
Posted on January 10, 2017

In the course of recent reading I came across a quotation that made me sit up and take notice. It was from the irrepressible Oscar Wilde who said, “Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.” Isn’t that amazing?

An Idea for the New Year
Posted on January 3, 2017

If you have had enough of Hallmark “feel good” stories for a bit and need a change of pace from the home for the holidays theme, I have the book for you. It is “The News of the World” by Paulette Jiles. Don't be put off by the rather pedestrian title. I already made that mistake and ignored the review in the TIMES. But, as I turned to the next one, the last sentence of the reviewer caught my eye. It was something to the effect that since the book was much too short she had no excuse but to go back and read it again.