Nonfiction

Fans of Chaplin

I heard a story this morning on NPR about an Indian doctor who prescribes Charlie Chaplin movies as a cure for depression, leads a Chaplin fan club, and dresses up as the Little Tramp for performances.  I am not in his league, but I am a huge fan.  One of my dogs is even named Charlie, since his walk is a four legged version of the Tramp's.  For those of you who hesitate to watch a black and white movie, let alone a silent film, I challenge you to resist the magic of one of Chaplin's best films.  His personal favorite was City Lights, a poignant story about the Tramp falling in love with a blind flower girl, that still managed to be very funny.  My favorite is

Grown-up Origami

GirligamiIf you have a girly-girl inside of you at all, you simply must get the book Girligami by Cindy Ng. It has 20 origami projects to bring out the diva deep inside. My first project will be the stiletto pumps on the cover, then the mini laptop, then the trendy tote, then the……….I’d better get started.

 

Houston's Garden Hot Spots

         

The financial downfall caused everyone in America to be more cautious of how they spend money. Like many other families, I decided to stay in Houston for my vacation.
I started gardening as a child, and I still adore digging in the dirt. When looking for something to do, it was perfectly natural for me to spend time at Mercer Arboretum.  Best of all, my visit to the arboretum was FREE!

On the Shelf: Fodor’s Nova Scotia & Atlantic Canada

In a few days, I’ll be leaving on a jet plane (and, yes, I know when I’ll be back again!).

French Living

French FlagIf you’re looking for books similar to Julia Child’s My Life in France, you may enjoy Peter Mayle’s French Lessons: Adventures with Knife, Fork, and Corkscrew . In this book, Mayle takes us on a gastronomic journey through France. French LessonsA Year in ProvenceYou may also want to read<

On the Shelf: Diabetes & Heart Healthy Cookbook

Healthcare has been a hot-button topic lately. No matter where you stand on the issue, it’s likely you’ve been thinking about it a lot, and, if you’re like me, I imagine you’ve also become more aware of the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle with diet and exercise.

The Benefit$ of Age

Unbelievably Good Deals and Great Adventures....Over 50When I turned 18, I got an invitation in the mail to join the American Association of Retired Persons. Obviously, I couldn’t join then, but I’m looking forward to getting older for two reasons: the social get-togethers and the discounts.

Forgive Us Our Trespasses

Amish GraceCharles Roberts is angry and frustrated at himself - and at God.  One crisp October morning, he decides to do something about it.  He walks into an Amish schoolhouse in Pennsylvania carrying a large bag of ammunition.

He wants revenge on God, so he takes hostages.  A standoff ensues when the police arrive.  A short while later, Roberts opens fire, killing five of the children and critically wounding five others before taking his own life.

When Plants Go Bad

Book of WeedsThe shelves are lined with books about dealing with bad behavior – in kids, in teens, in spouses, in pets. Well, add another bad-behaving item to the list: PLANTS. The Book of Weeds: How to Deal with Plants That Behave Badly by Ken Thompson gives naughty plants their due attention. You’d think Thompson would just give general advise on getting rid of weeds, but he treats each one in detail. Whether it’s Ragwort, Creeping Buttercup, or Goosegrass, you’ll learn how it succeeds, what to do, and the silver lining if you decide to keep it.

 

BON LIRE AND BON APPETIT

MY LIFE IN FRANCEJULIA &JULIAI saw Julia and Julia over the weekend at the movies.

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