Category Archives: Books

Short Stack for Winter Break

Today was my last day in the classroom until 2022. It was all a bit of a rush, getting things as ready as possible in case Covid takes things in a different direction when the new semester starts. So finishing … Continue reading

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Twenty Years of Fellowship

Turns out that it’s been 20 years since the premiere of Peter Jackson’s take on The Fellowship of the Ring.  Truly difficult to believe that much time has passed.  So I’ll just leave this right here:

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Fearful Pumpkins

It’s almost Halloween.  This time tomorrow at least some people will be gearing up to walk their neighborhoods in search of more treats than tricks.  The scale of things here is still up in the air: many of the local … Continue reading

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Entering the Every

For the first time in months, I’ve changed the “currently reading” information on the side of this page.  I finished A Secular Age by Charles Taylor last night around 11:00.  I’d made that commitment earlier in the day and then, … Continue reading

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An Unexpected Reading Journey

So last week I looked into purchasing an old novel by George MacDonald (an inspiration of C. S. Lewis).  When it arrived, I realized that I had not read the “fine print” well- the “scholar’s edition” that I had purchased … Continue reading

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Sunday’s Best: Celebrating Summer Reading

A day late for this, but better late than never.  That’s especially true when you get a quip about summer reading.  Yesterday’s four-color Frazz by Jef Mallett: We had an overcast, drizzly Independence Day here in Honolulu.  And not much … Continue reading

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A Kind of Summer Ending

It’s June 30th, which means I’m unofficially bringing a certain phase of “summer vacation” to an end.  June has been good: a quality trip home, a few weeks to (re)establish some daily and weekly rhythm and routines, good sleep and … Continue reading

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Short Season of Sequels

I finished Andy Weir’s Project Hail Mary a few days ago.  It’s the kind of novel that almost demands a sequel (or at least a second novel that dovetails with missing but intriguing plot points).  Sequels are always a little … Continue reading

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Sunday’s Best: Spacial Intelligence

Turns out there’s intelligence on both sides of the console, Caulfield and Frazz . . . Today’s outer-space Frazz reminds me of my current fiction read: Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir.  I was lucky to read Weir’s first book, … Continue reading

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What We Hear before We See

I’m about halfway through Kenneth Grahame’s The Wind in the Willows.  I’ve spent most of my life with a vague sense of the story.  The title has been popping up here and there these last few years, including a recent … Continue reading

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