Truly some interesting information regarding the Appalachian Trail, historical facts I didn't know plus I was unaware that individuals plotted and plaTruly some interesting information regarding the Appalachian Trail, historical facts I didn't know plus I was unaware that individuals plotted and planned such long treks. I zoned when Bill went over all the supplies, probably just as much as he zoned with the store employee selling him the stuff. The bugs, the bears and the weather have determined I will never embark on such a journey. I love the outdoors and I dig camping but carrying everything I need on my back for miles and miles and miles... not happening. I do think this is a great book to get an outdoorsy man who may not typically read or for men who read and enjoy the outdoors. There were a few humorous moments and some odd characters to entertain the reader as Bill and his friend trekked through the Appalachian's. Bill does mention the deaths and the murders on the trail, those committed by people and others by nature and animals. It is highly stressed not to leave the actual path, don't take side trails.... Once the trip is complete, Bill does a drive back down the trail and highlights the historical sights and moments that follow along too. A conservation adventure in America's last great wilderness by an author born and raised in Des Moines, Iowa. He has a knack for writing down his travel memoirs with flair....more
Another great story of a panda who appreciates one with patience. A tough thing to teach younger children, but what a great way with a visual. A superAnother great story of a panda who appreciates one with patience. A tough thing to teach younger children, but what a great way with a visual. A super awesome series for youngsters to learn good manners....more
Using your manners is the best way to communicate with others. One small, thank you or you're welcome or please can go along way. Great book for the yUsing your manners is the best way to communicate with others. One small, thank you or you're welcome or please can go along way. Great book for the younger ones to see the words to express manners and good will. While at first it looks like a sharing book, it soon turns out to be a case of some people being rude and showing no class. A great way to share a beautiful message. Respect...more
Witches and October almost here, of course, the title and cover were going to grab my attention. The witches are putting on their parade when a rain sWitches and October almost here, of course, the title and cover were going to grab my attention. The witches are putting on their parade when a rain storm takes over. One little witch decides to use a spell to change the day. When the spells turn everything upside down, the best advice is to go with the original plan... the rain. Whimsy, silly and quite clever. A hit for the Halloween season....more
The first book featuring Patrick Kenzie and Angela Gennaro. Definitely worth the read. Very political, indeed, and could very well be considered curreThe first book featuring Patrick Kenzie and Angela Gennaro. Definitely worth the read. Very political, indeed, and could very well be considered current news. The dynamics of politics, sex scandals, gangs and personal tragedies are nothing new in our current world. Nothing has changed or we are, in society, going backwards to an ugly time period of racial tension beyond comprehension. Child abuse is no different, laws have changed... some, but not enough in my beliefs. You harm a child for any purpose, you should spend the rest of your life in jail. The end.
The setting is in Boston and the time period ... Not sure, but the book was published in 1994.
“My office is the bell tower of St. Bartholomew’s Church. I’ve never found out what happened to the bell that used to be there, and the nuns who teach at the parochial school next door won’t tell me. The older ones plain don’t answer me, and the younger ones seem to find my curiosity amusing. Sister Helen told me once it had been ‘miracle away.’ Her words. Sister Joyce, who grew up with me, always says it was ‘misplaced’ and gives me the sort of wicked smile that nuns aren’t supposed to be capable of giving. I’m a detective, but nuns could stonewall Sam Spade into an asylum. The day after I got my investigator’s license, the church pastor, Father Drummond, asked me if I’d mind providing some security for the place. Some unfaithfuls were breaking in to steal chalices and candlesticks again,.... He offered me three meals a day in the rectory, my very first case, and the thanks of God, if I set up in the belfry and waited for the next break-in. I told him I didn’t come that cheap. I demanded use of the belfry, until I found office space of my own. For a priest, he gave in pretty easy. When I saw the state of the room, unused for nine years, I knew why.”
What do two gangs and some politicians have in common? Read the book, get a glimpse into the gum shoe life, modern style, of course. What is worth dying over? What did the cleaning woman take that has senators up in arms? Patrick’s friend, a black reporter, had some deep words to say about racial incidents. He being stuck in the middle as a black man with a career.
“‘Know what the American way is?’.... ‘No Rich. What’s the American way?’ ‘Finding someone to blame,’ he said and took a drink. ‘It’s true. You out working a construction job and you drop a hammer on your foot? Hell, sue the company. That’s a ten-thousand dollar foot. You’re white and you can’t get a job? Blame affirmative action. Can’t get one and you’re black? Blame the white man. Or the Koreans. Hell, blame the Japanese; everyone else does. ... Whole country’s filled with nasty, unhappy, confused, people, and not one of them with the brain power to honestly deal with their situation. They talk about simpler times... like it’s something they could possibly get back to. White man blames people like me because they say quotas got me where I am. Half of ‘em can’t so much as read, but they think they deserve my job. Black men, brothers, they say I ain’t black anymore because I live on an all-white street in a pretty much all-white neighborhood.’”
Rich goes on for another paragraph about different groups blaming others. I see the blame game on the news all the time and the violence is escalating ten fold. Sad. I also see the politicians playing the same game. Makes me angry. Let’s start over and get worthy people to run for president. Someone who can make rational changes, use common sense and stop pointing the finger, not to mention hiding behind all the lies and egos. This title just proved, it could be current news plucked right off the T.V. ...more