Benediction takes you on a journey with a small town family facing the impending death of the patriarch, Dad Lewis, after a bout with cancer. The novel has the feel of what it must be like to live in a small town where everyone knows everyone, but there are dark stories just under the surface. As the novel follows Dad Lewis’ slow march toward death, author Kent Haruf spins us off different side roads into the family’s past and into the lives of others from the community.
Archive for April, 2013
In my opinion two people stand out in the Twentieth Century for not only making the world a better place, but a safer place. Ronald Reagan’s partner, Margaret Thatcher passed away this week. Many on the left actually celebrated her death at age 87 which tells you enough about their character. Some of the interviews were so sad in that many of these idiots were of an age to really not be old enough to really remember her as Prime Minister.
Perhaps the best way to remember her is in her own words…
First the scare…
“But for the sake of our children and our future, we must do more to combat climate change. (Applause.) Now, it’s true that no single event makes a trend. But the fact is the 12 hottest years on record have all come in the last 15. Heat waves, droughts, wildfires, floods — all are now more frequent and more intense. We can choose to believe that Superstorm Sandy, and the most severe drought in decades, and the worst wildfires some states have ever seen were all just a freak coincidence. Or we can choose to believe in the overwhelming judgment of science — and act before it’s too late.”
One of my favorite genres of books is the thriller featuring American (mostly) heroes from special forces kicking the butts of our enemies. Author Don Mann, a former SEAL Team Six member, takes his shot with Hunt the Wolf featuring a seemingly superhuman SEAL Team Six leader named Thomas Crocker. Though there is plenty of action and the novel is very entertaining there is much lacking in the story and some of the connections between royalty, the CIA, other clandestine services and the bad guys are a little out there which make the story less fluid.
Barely a month ago the Obama Administration minions were all over the media predicting gloom, despair, and agony forthcoming from Obama’s plan (YES IT WAS HIS IDEA AND HE SIGNED IT INTO LAW IN 2011) for sequester as I pointed out in my original post available here.
Rather than trying to detail the obvious lies perpetrated by Obama regarding the reductions in the rate of growth (NO THEY ARE NOT ACTUAL SPENDING CUTS…THE FEDS JUST DON’T GET AS MUCH OF AN INCREASE IN SPENDING…I feel like I am screaming) there are two videos worth watching. The first is an exchange between Fox News’ Ed Henry and Obama’s Bagdad Bob, Jay Carney…
Originally published in 2001, Above Suspicion was the first murder mystery novel featuring detective Anna Travis. As the daughter of a highly regarded detective in England Ms. Travis has a lot to live up to as she participates in the investigation of a series of grisly murders. The killer hasn’t switched MOs, but has chosen more compelling victims. Travis has a keen mind that is put to the test as she gets close to both her grumpy boss and to the murder suspect…perhaps too close.
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