This book by Marie Benedict follows the life and career of Mileva Maric, who became Mrs. Albert Einstein. A Serbian girl whose father encourages her education, partly because she was born with a limp, and the family believes no one will marry her.         She is accepted at the University of Zurich. She is the […]


In the May 2019 issue, I mentioned I liked the author Catherine Ryan Hyde. Her main characters are usually strong women. Editor Frances asked for specific titles I liked. I keep a notebook of titles I have read and looked through it with the following results:         I loved these: Allie and Bea; Take Me […]


This past winter a neighbor loaned me Two Old Women by Velma Wallis. It’s a short book and good story. It is based on an Indian legend passed along for many generations in Alaska. It is a suspenseful, shocking and ultimately inspirational tale of two old women abandoned by their tribe during a winter famine. […]


I finished Great Alone a while ago.  Just loved that book.  It deals with severe alcoholism in the family and the difficulties of living in Alaska. It also touches on the bonding of the people who live there.  The story had a surprising ending that one could not guess.   The author’s emotionally charged words made […]

Each day

Each day can start a new year. James (Apr.’19) continues, “Self-improvement need not wait.”


Recently, Editor Frances told me the books she was reading before bedtime. They were all set in the Oregon and Dakota territories. I made the following list of books for her, also set in those times. (Perhaps you would enjoy them, too!) Following are titles of Jane Kirkpatrick’s “Change and Cherish” series: A Clearing in […]


Published in 2017, Before We Were Yours is a book by Lisa Wingate based on a true story of abuse. Inspired by a true story, this novel tells the tale of two families, generations apart, that are forever changed by events in an orphanage, the Tennessee Children’s Home Society from the 1920’s through 1950’s. It’s […]

new memories

Each day can bring forth new memories. James (Mar.’19) ads, “Old letters and photos may trigger sentimentality.”


A friend often sends me the “God Squad” column from her Saturday newspaper. The author, Jewish Rabbi Marc Gellman, is such a wise man!  (See next page.) In a recent column, he said he did not fully understand how one could love their enemies. I agree. It’s likely the most a human can shoot for […]


I love to read. I also love to lay in the sun. During a month-long Florida vacation I read eight books and also soaked up the sun! Happiness, happiness! Following is a list of books I read.  The following titles are listed in the order I read them.   Brain on Fire by Susannah Cahalan, […]