Lost Kingdom: Hawaii’s Last Queen

“She walked down the palace steps toward a horse-drawn carriage.  Four footmen in white knee breeches carried the train of her lavender silk gown.  She was fifty-four years old and strands of silver ran through her black hair.  Despite her many sorrows, Hawaii’s queen walked with dignity.  On that January day in 1893, she wasContinue reading “Lost Kingdom: Hawaii’s Last Queen”

Portrait of an Artist: A Biography of Georgia O’Keeffe

“To create one’s world in any of the arts takes courage.”   Georgia O’Keeffe   My 2013 Reading Program included “Portrait of an Artist – A Biography of Georgia O’Keeffe” by Laurie Lisle. I wanted to explore the creative process, to get a glimpse into how an artist thinks, feels, plans and executes. Georgia O’Keeffe transformedContinue reading “Portrait of an Artist: A Biography of Georgia O’Keeffe”

A Short History of Nearly Everything

“It is a slightly arresting notion that if you were to pick yourself apart with tweezers, one atom at a time, you would produce a mound of fine atomic dust, none of which had ever been alive but all of which had once been you.”  Bill Bryson, A Short History of Nearly Everything   Every year,Continue reading “A Short History of Nearly Everything”

Retirement Heist

“‘As far as I can determine there is only one solution [to the CEO’s demand to save more money]’, the HR representative wrote to her superiors.’That would be the death of all existing retirees.’” Ellen Shultz, excerpt from Retirement Heist It’s got a catchy title – Retirement Heist. Now take a second look – RetirementContinue reading “Retirement Heist”

Arguably: Essays by Christopher Hitchens

“About a year ago, I was informed by a doctor that I might have as little as another year to live.  In consequence, some of these articles were written with the full consciousness that they might be my very last.” Christopher Hitchens January 2011, I walked with Christopher Hitchens as he told me his lifeContinue reading “Arguably: Essays by Christopher Hitchens”

OTR Reading Program 2013

“There is creative reading as well as creative writing.” Ralph Waldo Emerson OnTheRoad Reading Program 2013 is ready to post – finally! Reading lists, in my experience, are in the same category as New Years resolutions. They seem easy at first and then they become “not so easy” when you put them into action. MyContinue reading “OTR Reading Program 2013”