10 of the Best Poems about Stars — Interesting Literature

The best starry poems Stars, like flowers and the moon and sunsets, are part of the ‘paint-by-numbers’ poetry toolkit: if you want to write a passable poem that sounds consciously ‘poetic’, you can, as S Club 7 put it, reach for the stars. But poets throughout the centuries have put the stars to more thoughtful […]

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Review: The Provincials

This is a book I had been saving for years for the right time to read it and this summer offered the right time.

One curse of English literature and following that track through higher education is that sometimes courses overlap and you never get a chance to read a good variation of what is out there.  You tend to come across a lot of the same works in different contexts.  I read a lot of Faulkner and thereby have helped many clients work through his poetic language and writings. Faulkner becomes synonymous with the American South.

Eli Evans, who wrote this book, came to a local university years ago.  I actually bought a copy of the book, something I rarely do as I rely on the local library for new books, I was so enthralled to meet someone who didn’t mention Faulkner.

Mr. Evans writes about his childhood and growing up in Durham, North Carolina.  There is a brutal honesty in his writing and there is no glossing over.  Mr. Evans intertwines his personal family history with the history of Durham and with the American South.  There aren’t too many books that have their first chapter titled “Tobacco Town Jews” and where the history of cigarettes and cigarette rolling can actually be quite interesting.

10/10 for making your mind bloom.  I wish I had read this sooner.

Doctors Rarely Clean Potentially Virus-Carrying Stethoscopes, Study Finds — CBS Philly

CBS Local– Stethoscopes can transmit more to your body on contact than just a cold shiver, as they can carry viruses when not cleaned. According to a study from the Yale School of Medicine, doctors rarely, if ever, sterilize their stethoscopes between uses. Over a four week stint, researchers studied one medical staff’s tendencies with their…

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— Cristian Mihai

“A writer is a writer because, even when there is no hope, even when nothing you do shows any sign of promise, you keep writing anyway.” – Junot Diaz I write because I know that I couldn’t live without my stories, without my characters, without my strange habit of angrily punching those keys on the […]

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Review: Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson

If you, dear reader, are a fan of American history, particularly New York City during the Revolutionary War, this is a book for you.

If you like the Broadway show Hamilton, this is a book for you to read.  Chains is on the other side of Alexander Hamilton. Chains gives an eye-opening look to what was going on outside of the major names and players of the American Revolution.  Chains shows a piece of the underbelly of American history.

The story of Isabel Gardener will break your heart and leave you wanting more at the same time.  Isabel is 13, a slave, caretaker of her younger sister, Ruth, and not one to sit back. Her story is page turning, heart stopping, and will take your breath away.

10 out of 10 for making your mind bloom.

Pet Translation Device Could Be Available Within 10 Years: Report — CBS Philly

PHILADELPHIA (CBS)—You may be able to talk to your dog or cat in the next 10 years, according to a new report published by The Guardian. William Higham of Next Big Thing, who co-authored the report for Amazon, says he believes devices that can talk to your pet could be less than 10 years away.…

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Review: Dante and Aristotle Discover…..

the Secrets of the Universe.

The Universe is a huge, weird, marvelous place for this love story between Dante and Aristotle, two young men from El Paso, Texas who meet each by chance.  Dante teaches Aristotle to swim and their friendship and love builds through tragedy and secrets revealed.  Each must suffer due to the other and Aristotle yearns for what Dante has and the reverse is also true.

They change each other’s lives in more ways then they originally imagined.

This book is a triumph.  Love is love and comes in many forms.

A must.