Book Review Wednesday – Nisei

The book-a-week challenge continues with  Nisei by J.J.White. Hideki 'Bobby' Takahashi is a normal kid growing up in Hawaii in the years just before Pearl Harbor. His mother and father came to the islands to find work and avoid starving in their native Japan during the Taisho Era, and created a life for themselves through hard … Continue reading Book Review Wednesday – Nisei

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Book Review Wednesday – Gilead

The book-a-week challenge continues with Gilead, by Marilynne Robinson. Gilead, along with Home, and Lila, form the Gilead Trilogy. Gilead, Iowa, is the setting. The protagonist/narrator is John Ames, a Congregationalist minister. Gilead is an epistolary novel with American themes: fathers, sons, doubt, pain, anger, prejudice, dread. Ames came to fatherhood late in life, so the … Continue reading Book Review Wednesday – Gilead

Book Review Wednesday – Faceless Killers – A Mystery (Kurt Wallander Mystery Book 1)

The book-a-week challenge continues with  Faceless Killers. Henning Mankell's Faceless Killers brings to life Kurt Wallander, a detective in a small town in the south of Sweden who, on a frozen January morning, comes face to face with the grisly murder of an elderly farm couple. Beset with his own life in near-shambles, Wallander begins … Continue reading Book Review Wednesday – Faceless Killers – A Mystery (Kurt Wallander Mystery Book 1)

Book Review Wednesday – The Assassin Who Couldn’t Dance

The book-a-week challenge continues with Glen Barrera's Assassin Who Couldn't Dance. There are some books that are nightstand dust collectors. Some are the type where you read a few pages at a time before going to bed. Or maybe a chapter, a book read on and off over the course of a few months, or … Continue reading Book Review Wednesday – The Assassin Who Couldn’t Dance

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From a friend and fellow writer, on personal, professional, and useful (as in life-saving) journal/blogging for the world

Near-Fatal Complacency

By J. MARSHALL CRAIG

Why did I write, and post, this? Despite being a public figure in my professional life and happy to post positive, happy junk on my social media about my personal life, within appropriate boundaries, I guard my privacy very strictly. I am not posting about my acrimonious divorce (I actually thought there could be another kind, but not when there are lawyers involved — I think that sucks for everybody but the lawyers) and don’t make nasty posts about people I know. Or don’t know, for that matter. (Clearly deranged national leaders and sexual predators excepted.)

So: I started journaling while in the hospital because, well, that’s what I do: I write. I journal usually twice a day and it’s not unusual for me to take notes about random life moments or observations at any time during my day. Yay my iPhone apps that make this easy…

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Get to know Shig Sato – Private investigators in Japan

In the Shig Sato Mystery series, Shig goes from being a respected police officer to, after his mandatory retirement, a private investigator. He had no real plans to become a P.I., and only mentioned it to his superior, the superintendent-general, as a quick way to end a conversation. Then Shig received a note from Kazuo … Continue reading Get to know Shig Sato – Private investigators in Japan