You Are What You Read!

Greetings and welcome to the Arbor Day Edition of You Are What You Read.   Today is, indeed, Arbor Day for those keeping score.   Originally begun in Nebraska in 1872 by settlers who missed their trees, it became official in 1907 with a proclamation by Theodore Roosevelt.  It is in fact, tree pollen making some of us so miserable with grass a close second. I think that if my eyes and throat are to be this itchy it would be nice if it were warmer.  Just ten degrees warmer?  Please?   Thank you.

Have you all heard about the Fly By Night project?  An artist named Duke Riley is the proud owner of 2,000 pigeons which he houses on a de-accessioned barge in the Brooklyn (of course) Navy Yard.  As if this wasn’t kind of icky enough, he has fastened teeny tiny LED lights to their skinny little bird legs.  When the sun goes down, he then hustles them all out and directs them with a big stick with a garbage bag tied on the end where they will swoop and careen en masse.    Now, I consider myself an open-minded individual but the thought of 2,000 pigeons swooping and diving makes me want to hide under my desk.  My twice daily trip under my nemesis, the   I-95 underpass, is bad enough.  And yes, the conditions under it are still a vile disgrace.  Thanks for asking.   I cannot imagine willingly co-existing with 2,000 of them.  What does that even smell like?   How does one care and feed 2,000 pigeons?  Is this something you can go to PetSmart for?  Do you belly up to the counter and say, “Good Afternoon My Good Man, I’d like 2,000 pigeons please!”  Is there a Pigeon Chow?  I have so so so many questions. We have all heard of pigeons described as rats with wings, but I don’t see some demented human tying lights to a rat’s tail and making them scurry around.  And I am thankful for that.  Also, am I alone in thinking the last thing NYC needs is more pigeon?  Any way you can read about that here.  And if anyone has tickets to this “event” please let us know how it went.  But if I were you, I’d bring an umbrella.  And not for any predicted rain. 

This week we have a Bro and a Dude, few words, recipes, a kingpin, some vigilantes, and some news.  News from Heaven that is!

Playlist?  Don’t be a bird brain, People.

Let us begin!

Steph is here with a total departure from her usual.  “This week I read the cutest book in the Library, thanks to Miss Krishna! Surf’s Up, written by Newbery award-winner Kwame Alexander and illustrated by Daniel Miyares, is a must-read picture book for anybody heading to the beach this summer. The surfer frogs at the center of the story want to spend the day differently; Bro wants to finish his book (Moby-Dick!) and Dude wants to surf. Who will prevail? The simple story can be read by even those new to books, and Miyares’s illustrations are instantly engaging. This is a book you wouldn’t be sad to read over and over again. Pack it next to the sunscreen.”

John:  a man of few words.  “I’m reading Amy Tan’s The Valley of Amazement. While it’s not quite as immersive as Memoirs of a Geisha, it’s still classic Tan.”

Pat T is as usual, listening.  “I have just started listening to My Kitchen Year: 136 Recipes That Saved my Life by Ruth Reichl. The author was surprised the publisher was going to produce her book in audio because she didn't think the recipes would convert well, but surprisingly they do and the narrator sounds just like author! Ruth Reichl was the editor of Gourmet Magazine for ten years. After 70 years of publication, this well-loved magazine was abruptly shut down by Conde Nast during the 2009 recession. She did what she always did when she was anxious and scared; she hid in the kitchen and consoled herself with cooking which, for her, is a form of meditation! The book is part narrative and part recipes with a sprinkling of words of wisdom from a 40 year veteran of the food industry."


Laura is also listening.  “I listened to The Good Girl by Mary Kubica on audio, and that may have made the difference.  The well-read story is a well-crafted, thriller about 25 year old Mia Dennett who was kidnapped by down-on-his-luck thief Colin Thatcher who needed quick cash.  It was to be an easy abduction, grab the girl, and hand her off to a Chicago crime kingpin who had issue with her federal judge father.  But, while driving to the chosen drop-off point, Colin decided to keep driving.  Why did he want to keep her safe?  Meanwhile Mia’s mother, Eve, and detective Gabe Hoffman stop at nothing to find her.  The story reaches into the complicated and fraught lives of families.  What seems perfect and righteous, really isn’t and what seems neglectful and distant, really isn’t as well.  If you liked Girl on the Train, or Gone Girl, this is a good read-alike.”


The Always Delightful Pat S is watching this week with Cartel Land by Matthew Heineman.  And just so you know this is one of her very  special obsessions.  “Cartel Land, a documentary by former Darien resident Matthew Heineman, and a 2015 Academy Award nominee for Best Documentary, is a riveting expose on the lawless state that exists regarding the cross border cartels in Mexico and to a lesser extent, the U.S. Filmed so up close and personal that you will fully understand the meaning of the expression fly on the wall.  Cartel Land focuses on two vigilante groups which have sprung up in the absence of government on either side of the border. In the US, we have Tim “Nailer” Foley, a veteran of the Army and recovered Meth addict who leads a squad of like- minded souls patrolling the border. In Mexico, leading a group that calls themselves Autodefensas is Dr. Jose Manual Mireles, a charismatic physician whose aim is to take back the towns from the cartels where any government presence has proved wholly susceptible to corruption. Filmed with unparalleled immediacy, Heineman focuses on the humanity of the situation-the fear, panic and helplessness which has created these self-defense groups. This vividly compelling and realistic portrayal of such a hopeless war is a long way off from Sean Penn’s interview of a drug kingpin in Vanity Fair.”

How do I judge a good audio book?  By the amount of time I am willing to drive.  Because, as you all know I am not a fan.  And I knew it was a winner when my child asked if we could keep driving so we could finish a story.  Jennifer Haigh is one of my favorite authors.  She’s a quiet craftswoman who is brilliant and teases out a different story every time.  I somehow missed her short story collection News From Heaven; The Bakerton Stories. Haigh returns to the fictional Pennsylvania coal town that she created in her first novel, Baker Towers.  Spanning years and generations the stories look at the lives of the town’s people whether they be to gentry born or down in the mines, and either at home in Bakerton or out in the larger world.  The audio has a cast of narrators which I love and totally adds to the story telling.  You needn’t have read Baker Towers to enjoy this cross section of life but I think if you haven’t this collection will totally make you want to.

DJ Jazzy Patty McC is here from Meat Chicken and I know I am not alone in being relieved and not disappointed this week.  What’s good Pats?  “Spring is in the air here and with it comes the song of birds. One of the great things about moving into a new place is the new flora and fauna that arrive in the springtime. It’s a gift to see what perennials others have planted in the yard before you owned a particular plot. In our case, it’s just hostas. I was hoping to see some tulips or lilies. It makes me wonder how my bulbs are doing back in Darien. I hope the new owners enjoy the red lilies, irises and tulips.  Here, the most beautiful thing has happened. Every morning I am awakened by the sound of a glorious songbird. I have no idea what kind it is and have never seen it but its song is lovely and melodious. So this week when Jen shared the piece about what I’ve dubbed “Pigeon Sky Art” I was thrilled. Enjoy what this Spring gives to you.”

DL BIRDS OF A FEATHER 2016

Nice New Book Goodness

Here is what you can find on the shelves that is new next week. Come in and visit us, or put your items on hold from home! We will let you know when they are ready for you to pick up.  Remember that a lot of these items can be found on our new display space behind the Welcome Desk.  Check out the Wonder Wall for 14-Day instant gratification!

What Are My Neighbors Up To?

Here is what you can find on the shelves that is new next week. Come in and visit us, or put your items on hold from home! We will let you know when they are ready for you to pick up.  Remember that a lot of these items can be found on our new display space behind the Welcome Desk.  Check out the Wonder Wall for 14-Day instant gratification!

You Are What You Read!

Greetings and welcome to the Disappointment Edition of You Are What You Read.   The Full Pink Moon, which shall grace our skies this evening is named as such because this is the time that wild phlox begins to bloom.  The moon will not actually be pink.  So don’t be disappointed by that.  It is also known as the sprouting grass moon (yup, have sprouting grass), the egg moon (nope, no eggs), and the fish moon (nope, no fish).  So enjoy that, People.

A Happy Passover to those that celebrate.  May your matzo brei be especially tasty this year, brisket meltingly tender, and may next year be in Jerusalem.


If the disappointment of a moon not tinged with pink was not enough, it appears that the Village of Scarsdale has removed The Banner and will not allow anymore messages.   If anyone out there has the ear of the Powers at Scarsdale Town Hall please put in a good word for Greg and Co. This coupled with the loss of Prince yesterday has me rather at sixes and sevens.  We are here and gone in the blink of an eye People.  We need to make the most of things while we can. 


This week we have some silver, unanswered questions, and a mother and her son.  That's it. That's all. Disapointed yet?


Playlist?   Sorry.  Like I said it’s the Disappointment Edition. 


Sweet  Ann is watching this week with the movie, Learning to Drive.  “This is the captivating story of two people from completely different back rounds come together and form a bond.  Darwin, an Indian immigrant, is a taxi driver and a driving instructor in NYC and Wendy is a book editor.   The movie opens as Wendy and Darwin meet when Wendy’s husband of twenty-one-years decides, while they are in Darwin’s cab, that he wants a divorce.  Needless to say, Wendy's life is thrown into turmoil.  As Darwin drives Wendy to her town house after her husband's hasty exit from the taxi, she realizes that she will need to learn to drive in order to get on with her life and she arranges for Darwin to give her lessons.  This movie follows their budding friendship, as well as their new personal lives, hers as a divorcee and his with an arranged marriage. This is enjoyable movie stars the wonderful Ben Kingsley and Patricia Clarkson. “


Babs B is continuing a story this week with Glory Over Everything by Kathleen Grissom.  “The author of The Kitchen House which is one of my favorites continues the story of Jamie Pyke, the son of a slave and the master of Tall Oaks Plantation.   Jamie, who fled from the Virginia plantation he once called home, is passing in Philadelphia society as a wealthy white silversmith.  When learns that his beloved servant Pan has been captured and sold into slavery in the South he embarks on journey  that will take him dangerously close to his old plantation and the savage slave hunter who is searching for him.   I loved The Kitchen House and I would say that Kathleen Grissom has another winner!”


Kaitlin from the Rock is here and it is always wonderful to hear what she’s up to. “Hiyo! I just finished reading Station Eleven, by Emily St. John Mandel. I loooved it! I loved it in the same way I loved the show Lost and the movie Cloud Atlas and I think fans of those will like this book. The gist is that there is a worldwide pandemic that kills almost the entire population of the world, bringing those who survive back to the primitive basics; i.e. no electricity, no technology, no running water, etc. The main story takes place 20 years into the future, and it follows the Traveling Symphony which is a nomadic group of actors and musicians that travel and perform in the various makeshift villages and towns that have been settled in the aftermath. There are a few main characters that are featured; their stories are told between the present-day and through flashbacks to before and during the plague. I did have some unanswered questions, but it didn't seem to matter, since I enjoyed the storytelling and writing so much.  The book has stayed in my mind more than any other book I've read recently. Loved it!”


Barbara M is very happy this week. “What a wonderful book!  The Rainbow Comes and Goes: A Mother and Son On Life, Love, and Loss by Anderson Cooper and Gloria Vanderbilt is a dialog between an aging woman and her adult son. Written in candid, revealing segments each expresses their disappointments, losses, fears and above all love and respect for one another. Yes, the mother and son are both  well- known but that is of little importance. The beauty of this book is the honesty of their relationship. It is not always easy for a mother and child to reveal themselves to each other but they do so with much eloquence. An absolute gem of a book – I loved it!”


 

Nice New Book Goodness

Here is what you can find on the shelves that is new next week. Come in and visit us, or put your items on hold from home! We will let you know when they are ready for you to pick up.  Remember that a lot of these items can be found on our new display space behind the Welcome Desk.  Check out the Wonder Wall for 14-Day instant gratification!

What Are My Neighbors Up To?

Here is what you can find on the shelves that is new next week. Come in and visit us, or put your items on hold from home! We will let you know when they are ready for you to pick up.  Remember that a lot of these items can be found on our new display space behind the Welcome Desk.  Check out the Wonder Wall for 14-Day instant gratification!

You Are What You Read!

Welcome to the Tax Day Edition of You Are What You Read.  I know, I know.  Not even the fact that it’s on a Friday and we really have until Monday to write the check dulls that blow. This week’s Housekeeping includes a special thanks to Map M (not her real name) for the offering of tea and cookies to the You Are What You Read Gods!  Thanks Map. You rock! And my low 3:00 blood sugar and work- mates thank you too. In Hopeful Sign News, the water has returned to the pool by the entrance and the flowering cherries are in fact flowering.  This may be it People. We may be on the way to True Spring.  I can’t do a bare leg yet, but I am sensing its return any minute now.  Perhaps next week if all holds.  In Animals Run Amok News, we seem to be circling back to Laura’s review from last week about the intelligence of our friends the Octopi.  It would appear that Inky, an Octopus being held against his will in New Zealand, decided to make the Break for Freedom about three months ago by sliding through a gap left by maintenance workers, making his way over to a drain hole where he squeezed his football sized body through a 6 inch hole and swam away. His captors (aka Aquarium Officials) are just making this news known. And apparently this is not the first Octopus break-out, they are easily bored and will take matters into their many hands to rectify that situation.  Any way you can read about that here. Enjoy. 


We have talked in the past about how hard this life can be and how we grab onto any small thing that makes it easier or gives joy.  Smallish things such as a cup of tea and a cookie from a patron turned friend or the kindness from your Train Friends with the offer of a ride on a rainy day can drive the dark back into the corners where it belongs.  And while these are little things, they do make a difference and are easy for us to do for each other.  We also seek out a whimsical dot on the landscape while we head off to our daily travails that enable us to put bread on the table to brighten and lighten the journey. It can be that person who boards the train whose story you have written in your head. Or perhaps, the ever changing landscape as you go over the tidal rivers and see the return of egrets, the removal of the plastic shrouds covering boats in harbors readying them for that first spring sail, or once upon a time, the message from The Loft in SoNo.  I know I am not alone in sadness about the loss of our weekly message.  Many of you have reached out to me personally and have felt the same sense of loss and dismay.  Earlier this week, I caught myself gazing out the train window out at the now empty balcony wishing for reappearance. I like the Huskies as much as the next Nutmeg State denizen but the UConn banner that adorns the neighbor’s deck rail just does not inspire in the same way.  The Loft has been gone since October, and still I look out and hope. On Wednesday, as I sat at my desk to begin doing what I do,  I got a Direct Message on Twitter from the folks at Think Around Corners, the creators of the Banner, asking me how I was doing and telling me that they had a surprise for me. The picture you see for this week’s image was what was sent to me.  They said that as long as the Village of Scarsdale doesn’t object, there will be a message every week and they have promised to share.  To say this made my day, week, month, year is an understatement.  So go forth People!  And in the spirit of The Loft create some whimsy in your landscape to share with others, or extend a small kindness.  And for those of you who have occasion to ride the Harlem Line you’re in luck!  Your trip just got a whole lot more fun. 

 
This week we have some quaint, some crack, and an attack. 


Hello Playlist!  Always good to see and hear from you!

Let us begin!

Pat T just finished one of our most wanted books this week and here is what she thought. “This past week, I had the pleasure of meeting Helen Simonson, author of The Summer Before the War and Major Pettigrew's Last Stand. The Summer Before the War is set in the quaint town of Rye, near East Sussex and the story focuses on social class, village life of the early twentieth century. The main character is a charming, and spirited Beatrice who struggles with the constraints of the time. If you like the Edwardian period, Henry James, a slew of interesting characters, as well as some interesting historical facts, you will enjoy curling up with this cozy book.”


The Always Delightful Pat S has just finished Dodgers by Bill Beverly.  But she’s not finished raving about it.  Trust me on this one.  “Billed as a coming of age tale, Dodgers is a debut novel for author Bill Beverly. A far cry from Huck Finn or Holden Caulfield, our hero Easton, (East for short) embarks on a voyage of discovery-both figuratively and literally. Fifteen years old, East is a lookout at his dealer uncle’s crack house in an area of Los Angeles known as The Boxes. When the crack house is raided by the police during East’s watch, he is given the opportunity for redemption in a cross country drive with three other boys to kill a witness in an upcoming case against his boss/uncle. The crew, aged 13 to 21, sets off and in Easts’ case it’s the first time leaving The Boxes. Joining East is Michael Wilson, a 21-year-old smooth talker with one year of college under his belt. Walter is a problem solving 17-year-old computer geek, and finally Ty, Easts’ 13-year-old brother whose bloodless persona is simply chilling. Written in spare prose, Beverly has created characters coiled with tension. The emotional intrigue and impending danger leave the reader on the edge of their seat as these boys are faced with impossible choices. This is a book that grabs you from the first page-and does not let go. I am rooting for East even now.”


Steph is here with one I also finished this week.  Here’s her take on All is Not Forgotten. “I picked up a lot of thrillers at the PLA Conference, anticipating the rush of readers this summer looking for smart, fast-paced reads. So far, the best of the bunch has been All Is Not Forgotten, by Wendy Walker. The setting is an affluent Connecticut town called Fairview; an invented town, and yet, one that will feel very familiar. A young woman is violently assaulted, and in the aftermath, her family chooses to go forward with an experimental treatment that erases all of her memories of the attack. But though her brain is cleared, her emotions are still high, and months later, she is still traumatized. The entire family turns to a local psychiatrist for help, and as the narrator, it is through his eyes that we learn everything they are going through. But the good doctor is more invested that you’d think—and there are many surprises to come. It’s an intense and graphic read, definitely not for the faint of heart. But if you can make it through the first thirty pages, you’ll find a nearly perfect page-turner.”


DJ Jazzy Patty McC is here from Meat Chicken with our final musings.  What’s good Pats? “I no longer have a commute, but there was a time in my life when I did. My commute after the Northridge earthquake that shut down the Santa Monica Freeway (the 10) aka the busiest freeway in the United States was seriously messed up for 3 months. I know the side streets of LA like nobody’s business. Then again my commute from Connecticut to Wall Street was no picnic. Throw in a terrible first trimester of morning sickness and you’ll know what kind of hell I’m talkin’ ‘bout. It should come as no surprise then that I am sympathetic to those of you who commute. I deeply understand both coasts commuting woes. So, this week when I heard that something familiar in Scarsdale was visible from the Metro North, I got excited. Anything that makes a commute tolerable is a blessing in my book. This week I celebrate the return of The Word from The Loft with a big HELLO AGAIN! Hello, all the way from The D, we’ve missed you!”


DL HELLO AGAIN 2016 

Nice New Book Goodness

Here is what you can find on the shelves that is new next week. Come in and visit us, or put your items on hold from home! We will let you know when they are ready for you to pick up.  Remember that a lot of these items can be found on our new display space behind the Welcome Desk.  Check out the Wonder Wall for 14-Day instant gratification!

What Are My Neighbors Up To?

Here is what you can find on the shelves that is new next week. Come in and visit us, or put your items on hold from home! We will let you know when they are ready for you to pick up.  Remember that a lot of these items can be found on our new display space behind the Welcome Desk.  Check out the Wonder Wall for 14-Day instant gratification!

You Are What You Read!

Greetings and welcome to the Masters Edition of You Are What You Read.  This week’s housekeeping includes a correction.  It was pointed out to me that the convertible that Thelma and Louise road-tripped in was not red as I reported, but aqua.  So thank you to Marilyn K for keeping me honest.  In the Hopeful Signs Department, I regret to inform everyone there were none, and with the snow predicted for tomorrow?  Pfff. Don’t hold your breath.  We’re back on the Tundra People.  Bundle up.  The Countdown Clock has us at 51 days.  But right now it feels more like 51 years. 

Remember that horrifying and deeply dreaded 7th Grade Science class when you and a partner were assigned a deceased frog? Remember that hideous smell that then seemed to pervade everything, and stayed with you all day long, long after you left Froggie behind? And you had to impale it on that weird black wax thing that looked for all the world like a pan of brownies? Then with tiny sharp scalpels held by shaking hands and with all the surgical precision your adolescent self had to muster you cut into it and so you could study this poor sacrificed amphibian’s bits?    Remember the relief you felt when that part of your science study was over and you could move on to something else that you would never apply to your daily life? I mean I hope you all aren’t performing dissections on a daily basis.  Because that would be weird.  Anyway, in Hungary during the early part of the last century there was an artist who did not see the world of deceased frog the way you and I do.  And in fact he devoted his life to creating tiny taxidermy tableaus featuring frogs.  Between the years of 1910 and 1920, Ferenc Mere devoted his life to stuffing, and dressing frogs which he then posed in anthropomorphic ways with all sorts of props.  There are boxes filled with tennis playing frogs, frogs practicing dentistry, frogs at school, frogs taking pictures.  Apparently, this is not the easiest thing to do.  Their skins are fragile and can easily tear, but Mere persevered and developed a special way of preserving them that involved stuffing them with cork and sawdust through their mouths so that there would not be any seams to distract. While many seem to have been lost to time, 21 dioramas survive featuring 507 stuffed frogs and they are display in a museum appropriately called Froggyland.  You can read more about that here or if you prefer to visit their website you can do that here.  So, if you are spending your Spring Break in Split, Croatia make the time to stop in and if you do, won’t you bring me a t-shirt?   I wear a Medium.  Thanks.

This week we have good-for-nothing son, a comic, a family trip, landlords, octopi, some witches and customers who are never wrong.

Playlist?  Sure! Let’s make the leap into Spring Break this week. Let’s make the leap for those that no longer can.  I’m looking at you Ferenc!

Let us begin!

Sweet Ann has just listened to Thirteen Ways of Looking by Colum McCann.  This audio book is not just memorable for the wonderful stories and writing of Mr. McCann but also for the pleasure of listening to his lovely voice reading it. The first story, actually a novella, is the title of the book.  It follows a day in the life of a retired judge, who is quite elderly and dealing with many things from his past and present; including his good- for- nothing son, a snowstorm and a police investigation. I was so riveted that I will admit I drove a bit extra to finish the story.  I was somewhat concerned that the next stories would not be as good, but they also were brilliant. The second story, Sh'khol, a mother whose son wanders off one night is left to question if it was her fault.  In Treaty, a nun who was tortured and held captive in her past now has to deal with her torturer being regarded as a man of peace.  The last story, What Time is it Now, Where Are You? revolves around a marine calling home on New Year's Eve from Afghanistan.  In all these stories, you are quickly drawn into their lives and emotions.  I highly recommend these beautifully written stories.”

The Amazing Amanda is here with something completely different.  I have been following the work of author, web cartoonist, infographics creator, and thing explainer Randall Munroe for ten years. Munroe is the legendary author of the web comic, XKCD . His comic is drawn in stick figure style and snaps between complex math and science comics to silly "now *I* have your hat!" storylines. A few years ago, he began answering people's biggest daydream questions in his book, What If. Now he's back at the other side with Thing Explainer: Complicated Stuff in Simple Words . This beautiful work should be read like a coffee table book. There is so much detail going on in the drawings as Randall sticks with using just the top most common words in the English language. He describes planes as sky boats and your organs as 'bags of stuff inside you.' The book is engaging, funny, and I've had the worst time trying to pull it out of my spouse's hands so he'll share!”

Alan our Leader is reading true to form this week.  “In Descent by Tim Johnston we have a thriller that’s literary, with remarkable characters torn apart and pulled together after a sister, on a family trip through the Colorado Rockies, goes off on an early morning run with her younger brother, and he alone comes back, badly injured. Well-drawn characters, a remarkable sense of place, and an amazing crescendo of an ending make it well worth reading.”

Barbara M is counting her blessings this week. “I’m reading a very difficult book because there but for the grace of circumstances goes you or I. Evicted, written by a sociologist from Harvard, Matthew Desmond, tells the story of eight families living in dire situations in Milwaukee. It also tells the story of two landlords who say they’re just trying to make a living. It’s easy to place blame and to say that bad choices led people to these situations but Desmond puts a human face on the problem and explains why the solution is not always just finding a job and making money. I think this should be a must read for everybody.”

Laura has just finished Soul of an Octopus, by Sy Montgomery.  This is a book about wonderment.  Non-fiction, it is based at Boston’s Aquarium, the first of the large tank habitats ever built for the viewing public.  And in that aquarium is Athena, one of the many octopi that Montgomery visits.  I was astounded to find out that octopus are friendly, they love to be petted and they especially enjoy  wrapping their arms around their caregivers. The book was fascinating because it revealed that their intelligence is unfathomable and still being studied.  I consider this one of my ‘snack’ books meaning there is nothing heavy to read, or too deep in meaning.  Instead, Soul of an Octopus, is a wonderful tale about a woman’s interest, and love, for the octopi in her care, and the marine biologists, dedicated staff, and volunteers at the Boston Aquarium.” 

Maria is one of our new faces here at the library.  She can be found on the Help Desk, well, helping people.  She’s here this week with two things that she’s excited about.  “With the timely revival of The Crucible on Broadway, I thought it would be worthwhile to delve into the true story of what happened to our New England neighbors in Massachusetts and so I decided to read The Witches: Salem, 1692 by Stacy Schiff.  Hauntingly, Ms. Schiff offers why our preoccupation with the subject still persists: What  sets Salem apart is not the accusations but the convictions. Fourteen women, five men, and two dogs were condemned to death.  The truth behind those convictions is unsettling, but with it Ms. Schiff offers insight into how hysteria can sweep over seemingly sensible, faithful people to tragically expose the darker side of human nature.  Unfortunately, an all too familiar theme we continue to deal with today's national and international news stories.    On a happier note, I have found a temporary cure to my Sunday night TV period costume drama withdrawals now that Downton Abbey has come to an end.   Mr. Selfridge" stars Jeremy Piven and  it is a captivating behind-the-scenes look at the life of an American retail giant who took our client service principles to London. Among his many innovations that are so familiar to us today, Mr. Selfridge is credited with the pervasive sales mantra that ‘The customer is always right.’”

DJ Jazzy Patty McC is here from Meat Chicken with the final thoughts and of course, The Playlist.  What’s good Pats? Spring Break is being celebrated by school-aged kids and their parents in sunny, sandy places as I write this. We had our break this past week and while my daughter went to Florida with a friend, the rest of us enjoyed a little staycation here in The D. Her brother is slightly bitter about it all, but really, who can blame him. I hope you’re packing your own bags for a little sunshine and sand time complete with a good book. For those of you who are staycationing it like us, may you find fun in all things local. The beach countdown continues…

DL SPRING BREAK 2016

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