Monthly Archives: February 2016

It sure is nice to make it into Heaven, but, in truth, not everyone does…

For believers, Heaven is the ultimate goal. Author Mitch Albom’s wildly popular, and inspirational, tale of an elderly man’s trip Above is titled The Five People You Meet In Heaven (2003, filed in Large Print in the Lennoxville Library). It … Continue reading

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Gone, not forgotten

The reading world has already lost many authors this year. The Italian academic Umberto Eco died this month at 84. His Latin language-filled The Name Of The Rose, a mystery set in a Medieval abbey, is his best known book. … Continue reading

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Survivalist says no to fresh fruit, but Roll-Ups will last forever: Each generation reads its preoccupations into the artworks of Bosch

  “I saw the city burning, that’s what I saw.” He smiled after giving the answer. “It was like a Hieronymous Bosch painting.” — from the thriller  Echo Park   Just what is a Bosch painting? His ‘Garden Of Earthly … Continue reading

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Lennoxville Reads 2016

It’s time to start getting ready for Lennoxville Reads, to be held March 15. It will be a bit of  a preview of the CBC’s nation-wide Canada Reads, which airs the week of March 21: “Canada Reads 2016 is all … Continue reading

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An elephant, a pencil, a cuppa, and hockey hockey hockey: And here’s a shout-out to the lone Leafs fan in the Townships

We need to talk about Horton. Frankly, there’s something wrong with him. It’s not just the twerking – though goodness knows, a dancing elephant is a sight that none of us should be forced to watch. He’s wacky, he’s hyperactive, … Continue reading

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On the brutality of the Highland Clearances: Sheep brought in more wealth than did human tenants

The Highland Clearances began in the late 1700s. It was an often cruel and bitter time for the Scots, thousands of whom were beaten and expulsed from their homes. Horrible. And yet this miserable episode of Scottish history helped settle … Continue reading

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Fold a dose of periwinkle into your winter wonderland: I’ll be blue without you (cerulean, even, or perhaps more of a zaffre)

Lavender’s blue, dilly, dilly, Lavender’s green; When I am king, dilly, dilly, You shall be queen. Are you kind of blue? Azure no doubt aware, Good Reads is always here for you. Forthwith, a cobalt-filled column of deep viridian. Start … Continue reading

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