Category Archives: 5 Star

Books I Loved 2017 Edition

At the end of September I reached that point in the year when I could shake off all my various book club obligatory reading and get down to the serious business of reading the books I bought for myself all … Continue reading

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Zen for the Ages

My uncle recently read and reviewed the late Robert Pirsig’s seminal Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance.  I’ve added this book to my ever growing list of philosophy-related to-be-read pile.  For more of Ron’s insightful review, please proceed to … Continue reading

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Stuck in 1945

Two consecutive weekends I’ve returned to the Pacific, specifically 1945. Last weekend, I watched The Great Raid, which I’d somehow missed when it was released twelve years ago in 2005.  This movie retells the story of The Raid at Cabanatuan, … Continue reading

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Reblogged Review of Being Mortal

Two of my real-life book clubs are reading Being Mortal this year. I recommended it to my uncle, who wrote the following review: Book Review: Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End by Atul Gawande (Five Stars) – … Continue reading

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Recipe Review: Cranberry Spinach Salad ~ 5 Stars

Cranberry Spinach Salad Ingredients 1 tablespoon butter 3/4 cup almonds, blanched and slivered 1 pound spinach, rinsed and torn into bite-size pieces 1 cup dried cranberries 2 tablespoons toasted sesame seeds 1 tablespoon poppy seeds 1/2 cup white sugar 2 … Continue reading

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Book Review: Of Mice and Men by Steinbeck ~ 4.5 Stars

Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck Read by Gary Sinise Listened to late Oct/early Nov 2016 Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars Synopsis (via GoodReads): Of Mice and Men was John Steinbeck’s first masterpiece. Originally published in 1937, it’s … Continue reading

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Movie Review: The Water Diviner (4.5 stars)

The Water Diviner Released: December 2014 (Australia) and April 2015 (America) Watched Netflix BluRay: February 2016 Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars Synopsis: Four years after the Battle of Gallipoli, Australian farmer Joshua Connor (Russell Crowe) travels to Turkey to … Continue reading

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