Senior Citizens

Power of Attorney is an legal document that gives someone you choose the power to act in your place. You can give that person as much authority as you like. The person you pick is called your agent or Attorney-in-fact. If you have a Durable Financial … [Read more...]

Father Recounts Ron Howard’s Hollywood Beginning

[slideshow_deploy id='1464'] Following the professional path of a parent isn’t always easy, especially if that career is acting. Brothers Clint and Ron Howard long ago escaped their father’s acting shadow, with Ron starring in two popular TV show … [Read more...]

Don’t Bother Writing Books—It’s Not Worth It, Unless You’re Already a Celebrity: Part 1 of 4

Want to influence a lot of people? Perhaps becoming an author won't do it. I’m an author. 13 books since 1987. Lately, I’ve been wondering if writing books is really worth all the effort. I’ve come to the conclusion that, for most people, it’s just no … [Read more...]

I Am Pilgrim: A Thriller

“I Am Pilgrim: A Thriller” by Terry Hayes c.2014, Emily Bestler Books $26.99 / $29.99 Canada 613 pages You wish you’d never done it. If only you could hit “reset,” take it all back, call do-overs, and you wouldn’t make the same choices. You’d … [Read more...]

Saluting Marvin Kaplan

[slideshow_deploy id='1184']Half a century ago, the country was embroiled in civil rights conflicts, a war in Asia, and mourning the loss of a president. When released in the midst of this social turmoil in 1963, Stanley Kramer’s “It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad … [Read more...]

The descriptive narrative frame of reference

When you read a novel what you are actually doing is building mental pictures in your mind as to what the book is about.  You actually started to develop this ability when Mother or Father would read picture-books to you at bed time, showing you the … [Read more...]

Summer Reads from Bookworm Sez

You made your reservations months ago. This was a vacation you’ve been planning for… well, it seems like forever. One of those once-in-a-lifetime trips is what you’ve always dreamed about, and you’ve bought all new clothes and even a new suitcase f … [Read more...]

The Little Girl Who Fought the Great Depression

“The Little Girl Who Fought the Great Depression” by John F. Kasson c.2014, W.W. Norton $27.95 / $32.50 Canada 308 pages Staying upright. That’s what you learned when you were a year old: being vertical and walking. You mastered commu … [Read more...]

Mistakes I Made at Work

“Mistakes I Made at Work” edited by Jessica Bacal c.2014, Plume $16.00 / $18.00 Canada 252 pages   Everybody knows what you did. It didn’t take long for word to get around, actually; you can tell by the smirks and the lack of eye-c … [Read more...]


“Glorious” by Jeff Guinn c.2014, Putnam                                   $26.95 / $31.00 Canada                      407 pages Everybody deserves a second start. You’d never begrudge a down-on-his-luck fellow a new lease on life. It’s his ri … [Read more...]