Archive for 2007


One of my favorite places is the produce corner of my local grocery store. Somewhere between the mounds of red tomatoes, the yellow lemons, the apples in their rows, the cabbages still wet from the mist sprayers, the leathery onions and spicy garlic, I stop and stare, slowly spinning in circles. I have always liked [...]

One Wild, Heroic Dash

I have always considered myself something of a hunter. When I think of hunters, the beginning of the movie Last of the Mohicans comes to mind. Three men running headlong through the woods, their hair streaming out behind them, trusty muskets in their hands. They run and run, quick and silent as whispers. Then suddenly, [...]

Stop Whining – Age is Just a Number!

By Avish Parashar This year I turned thirty-four. By any standard, thirty-four is a rather unremarkable year. There’s no “On Your 34th Birthday” greeting card from Hallmark. My insurance rates stay depressingly the same. I can already drink, drive, and vote (not at the same time, of course!) However, in my own slightly confused mind, [...]

Hope for the Future

What should one teach kids? When I first began teaching, I knew I had to teach my students English. It was what I had been hired to do after all. The details of how were left up to me. I could have proceeded by explaining the rules and helping them apply the rules, expanding their [...]

A Letter From War

We had just finished driving 12 to 13 hours from our little home town of Marion through vast city scapes in Canada to an even more vast wilderness. Restless and weary …but also anticipating something we had never seen before. That is…. my brother and I ….had never seen before. Maine…. beautiful. It was a [...]

Teresa Edgerton

The Hidden Stars – Immerse yourself in a whirlwind of struggle, both internal and external. A mad queen seeks to control the world, and a handful of brave companions set out to find the one girl who might be able to stop her. An enjoyable read that is fast paced and involving. You will enjoy [...]

Sarah Ash

There’s a lot to like about Sarah Ash’s The Tears of Artamon series. They are fresh in that they draw from Eastern European and Asian culture in a fantasy setting full of vibrant characters and dialogue that jumps off the page. I finished them much too quickly, a sure sign that I have been swept [...]

John Irving

Many people know Irving from his wildly successful The World According to Garp, or book turned movie Cider House Rules. Those are only two of Irving’s masterpieces.What makes John a good storyteller? I believe it is his characters, developed in Dickensian tradition and style. Below are two of his best books. A Prayer for Owen [...]

Mark Robson

Mark is a gifted writer with the ability to clearly create character and story, and then mix them in such a way as to provide fun, adventurous fantasy. Aimed at the growing legion of young adults that love fantasy, his first series nonetheless pleases the young and old at heart with equal measure. I suggest [...]

Mitch Albom

I enjoy reading Mitch’s books. They make me feel good about the life I have lived, and at the same time they challenge me to live with more enthusiasm and passion. If you’re looking for inspiration, look no further. SC Part melodrama and part parable, Mitch Albom’s The Five People You Meet in Heaven [...]