book review

Beginning Illumination, Learn the Ancient Art, Step by Step, book review

This isn’t my usual type of book, but I love art and I thought about my dad when seeing this.  He was an artist of sorts and without a doubt illumination is a beautiful thing.  The author Clair Travers is a leading illuminator and she shares the history of illumination and offers the materials and […]



German Military Travel Papers of the Second World War is a great tool for anyone that collects or is interested in documents put out by the Nazi regime. I was given this book to review, and author Matt DiPalma shares information about how the regime used paper to regulate their war machine. Inside the flap […]

Holiday Adventures with Adventure Santa

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Adventure Santa was hiding out in the rocking chair in the living room when my grandkids came in looking for him. With his green shirt, red pants and backpack Adventure Santa is on a mission to help families enjoy the holidays and most important of all, spend time together.     I told my five-year old grandson […]

The Photographing Tourist, A Storyteller's Guide to Travel and Photography, a must have.

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Majestic photos and sweeping landscapes and images that transport the reader to another place.  That is the beauty of David Noyes’ The Photographing Tourist, A Storyteller’s Guide to Travel and Photography. While Noyes shares advice on how to take great photographs primarily by immersing yourself in the place and connecting with the people, it is […]

Reporting on Life by Taylor Pensoneau a book review

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I’ve known Taylor Pensoneau for quite a few years and long admired both him and his writing.  He and his wife Liz had been friends of my late father and my mother for years.  I had previously read his books Brothers Notorious: The Sheltons: Southern Illinois ‘Legendary Gangsters  and his mystery, The Summer of ’50.  I […]