to change or not to change

That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet — or so Shakespeare would have us believe. Perhaps that’s true, but wouldn’t renaming certain roses ‘lilacs’ and some ‘daisies’ and others ‘mums’ begin to get a little confusing? Ay, and there’s the rub in the decision to change one’s name […]

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

Christopher Boone, a 15-year-old “mathematician with some behavioural difficulties,” tells his story in straight-forward, matter-of-fact, unembellished terms. He appears to be autistic, but on a can-function-in-society (mostly) level, with substantial.. mind-quirks. He’s incredibly intelligent, especially when it comes to math. The maths and other digressions added to the novel, I felt, and were interesting in […]

Snow Day

Snow Day

Although I did not enjoy my late snowy drive to work, I certainly enjoyed the luxury of lounging around the house for a couple hours before leaving. Slowing drinking coffee, deciding on the next book to read,* hanging out with the cats, puttering around the house… Really, I should have just stayed home. Think I […]

Northanger Abbey

Northanger Abbey

I just finished Austen’s Northanger Abbey. I had never read it before, having only consumed Pride & Prejudice, Sense & Sensibility, and Persuasion. Either I am unaccustomed to her style, or this just was not one of my favorites. I enjoyed the book, although the situational comedy of the first half of the book, with […]

And Then There Were None

And Then There Were None

I always enjoy Agatha Christie novels, and this failed to be the exception from the norm. 10 unlikely characters, all strangers, find themselves more or less trapped on an island. A mysterious recording is played, accusing each, more or less, of murder. All display varying degrees of righteous indignation, and all either deny outright that […]