Happy Birthday, Sherlock Holmes

“My mind,” he said, “rebels at stagnation. Give me problems, give me work, give me the most abstruse cryptogram or the most intricate analysis, and I am in my own proper atmosphere. I can dispense then with artificial stimulants. But I abhor the dull routine of existence. I crave for mental exaltation. That is why […]

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Trust the Magic of Beginnings

“And suddenly you know: It’s time to start something new and trust the magic of beginnings.”  Meister Eckhart   I have always believed that on New Year’s Day, I must do something that I have never done before.  Beginnings have a mystical energy that motivate me to set aside whatever I am doing to consider […]

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Christmas Eve with Christina Rossetti

In the bleak midwinter, frosty wind made moan, Earth stood hard as iron, water like a stone; Snow had fallen, snow on snow, snow on snow, In the bleak midwinter, long ago. *** Our God, Heaven cannot hold Him, nor earth sustain; Heaven and earth shall flee away when He comes to reign. In the […]

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There is a Difference

I am convinced that we read more now than ever before.  But it’s different. Paper is no longer the medium of choice.  News comes to my iPhone, my books are delivered via the ubiquitous cables to my Kindle and Kobo.  Even my beloved public library lends books over Internet channels. I listen to audiobooks on […]

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Poetry on a Canapé

Kaleidoscopes, those marvelous toys containing mirrors and pieces of coloured glass, amuse us with reflections that change patterns as we move a small tube around and around.  There is a random joy in each transformation that materialises as we gaze with rapt attention through a tiny eyehole. These constantly fluctuating designs are a reminder of […]

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OTR Reading Program 2014

“So many books, so little time.”   Frank Zappa It is now May 2014 and the OnTheRoad Reading Program 2014 is posted.  I confess that I had an exceptionally robust reading program for 2013.  Of the twenty-one listed books, I completed seven, all of which have left a lasting mark.  I have named 2013, the year […]

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Gertrude Stein – A Bold Experimenter

“Writing and reading is to me synonymous with existing.” Gertrude Stein If I was ever asked who I would like to spend an afternoon with, I would choose Gertrude Stein.   After all, she lived in Paris surrounded by all that she loved best – art, music, poetry, food and wine.   Her residence at the salon, […]

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A Day for Shakespeare – April 23, 2014

  “Be not afraid of greatness. Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and others have greatness thrust upon them.”  William Shakespeare, Twelfth Night Today is National Shakespeare Day.  There is a great deal being said about his brilliance, his writing style and theatrical beginnings.  Some include a timeline from birth to his death, which incidentally […]

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Thank you, Letizia!

  “Pull up a chair. Take a taste. Come join us. Life is so endlessly delicious.”   Ruth Reichl They call it social media, but I rather think of blogging as a conversation, an exchange of ideas that draws on the varied experiences and talents of a wider, global community.  A few weeks ago, Letizia from […]

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