Take Five: A Joyful Noise Quiet

I lost a friend last week and still feel the emptiness associated with grief of someone who touched me deeply. Well, I say “friend,” but honestly those feelings of friendship were really one-sided, and based solely on one sharing of a very special summer afternoon. Jazz pianist and composer Dave Brubeck...

Gifts for Giving

As I write, it’s 80 degrees and sunny here in Florida. It will be my first Christmas ever without the cold and snow, which is really strange (nice, but strange!). It’s been hard to even realize that it is December, since every day just feels like summer. But Christmas it is, and it’s...

Put It on the List

I’ll admit, I’m a lover of lists. On today’s to-do list is to make tomorrow’s, and my desk is currently bathed in Post-its of varying sizes and colors. As the end of the year nears, it seems we all take list-making to another level, with expanded grocery lists, gift lists, and end-of-the-year...

‘The Heroin Diaries’

I recently finished reading Nikki Sixx’s “The Heroin Diaries,” and I cannot stop thinking about it. The book is a collection of diary entries written by Sixx, the bass player for Mötley Crüe, between 1986-87 at the height of the band’s popularity. The entries, which then are...

The Pleasure of Reading—It’s All in Your Head

Have you ever been to the beach or on a week-long vacation with that book or books into which you’ve been dying to dive? Did you notice how your whole being seemed to be wrapped up into that experience of reading, how you were transported in a way that doesn’t happen when you’re home and handling all...

God Help Lady Gaga! Get Her a Copy of “Wrapped Up”!

And I mean that sincerely. Someone get this woman a Bible, a Catechism, and a copy of “Wrapped Up: God’s Ten Gifts for Women,” and pronto! Maybe you have seen some of the stories lately where the pop star has claimed that “what the Pope thinks of being gay does not matter to the world.” Gaga made...

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