I belong to no organized party.  I am a Democrat. -- Will Rogers


I cannot live without good books --  Thomas Jefferson.


A man who won’t read has no advantage over one who can’t read. -- Mark Twain


When I get a little money I buy books, and if any is left I buy food.  -- Desiderius Erasmus


Six Questions to Ask When Writing a Book Review:

(from Phyllis Anne Duncan) 


1.  Do technical aspects (punctuation, grammar, style) need attention? 

2.  Are the characters believable and three-dimensional?

3.  Is there a protagonist who wants/needs something? 

4.  Is there an antagonist who’s trying to keep him/her from that goal? 

5.  Does the tension build to a conflict, and is that conflict resolved? 

6.  Last, but not least, would you recommend the book to a friend?

In general, a review should include: The name of the author and the book title and the main theme. Relevant details about who the author is and where he/she stands in the genre or field of inquiry; the context of the book and/or your review, and the thesis of the book. 

Book Review (Sunday 16 Sept 2018)

“Katherine”  by Anya Seton        


A Novel Published by  Mariner Books, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, of Boston & New York

Copyright 1954, renewed 1982

ISBN 978-0-544-22288-5 (pbj)

593 pages

(Review by Carolyn Leonard)


This wonderful book has been a best-seller for ages, based on the life of Katherine (Roet) Swynford, mistress and later wife of King John of Gaunt (Ghent), Duke of Lancaster and the son of King Edward III.  This classic novel tells the most romantic love story in British history – the true tale of Katherine and John, the ancestors of much of the British Royal family.  It is set in the vibrant 14th century England,    ......... ................... (click HERE to read the full review )

Thursday,Sept 1, 2018

The Newest Museum in the Nation’s Capital

here are at least 75 active museums in Washington DC. Some are more well-known than others, like the Smithsonian.  We have visited several of them in the past, and this year we toured the newest one. A member of the Green family from OKC, Danielle Smith, recently led our group in seeing the Museum of the Bible.  If you go, don’t miss the “fly over DC” virtual reality ride. That is, jump in for the six minute virtual reality experience if you are NOT susceptible to motion sickness. The point of this dazzling, multi-sensory tour, “flying” from the Lincoln Memorial to the Library of Congress …

Saturday, August 1, 2018

Melisende, the Crusader Queen” 

Melisende (1105–1161) was Queen of Jerusalem from AD 1131 to 1153, and she served as regent for her thirteen-yearold son from then until her death. Her coronation was held in the Church of the Sepulchre. Melisande’s father, King Baldwin II of Jerusalem, was a crusader knight, and her mother, the Armenian princess Morphia of Melitene. Baldwin arranged a marriage …..


(Review by Carolyn Leonard) (NOTE: This is an excerpt from TO ISRAEL, WITH LOVE, second edition, now available from Amazon.com and your local bookstore. See more here: https://amzn.to/2tfPXw5