Daily Archives: September 21, 2009

Dan Brown’s Latest…

the_lost_symbol[1]I am sure, like many other folk,  I am tearing through Dan Brown’s latest, The Lost Symbol, as fast as many of Brown’s characters must do, because their very lives depend upon it.  I bought it when it came out last Tuesday, but did not start reading it until my schedule allowed me to devote serious time to the experience. 

Upon reflection, I think my proneness to addiction to “commercial trash fiction” comes from my mother’s side of the family.  It is just one of those challenges one has to accept about one’s self.

I’m not going to give anything away here, but Brown has created a villian that is as close to a real monster as anything I have ever seen.  This monster will resort to some pretty seriously strange things in his pursuit of being “god-like”.

The book cover indicates that Brown’s The Da Vinci Code was “one of the widely read novels of all time.”  I thought, ‘surely not’, but this source indicates the Brown blockbuster was the fifth most read book.  The Bible was number one and Quotations from the Works of Mao-Tse-tung was number two. 

Have any of you bloggers indulged with the lastest Brown work?  Maybe some of our more knowledgeable writer friends will comment on this genre’.  Would like to hear from anyone who has an opinion or thoughts about Brown’s (or similar popular writers’) work.



Filed under Book Reviews

Monday, 09/21/09, Public Square

150px-International_Day_of_Piece_2006The International Day of Peace occurs annually on September 21. It is dedicated to peace, or specifically the absence of war, such as might be occasioned by a temporary ceasefire in a combat zone. It is observed by many nations, political groups, military groups, and peoples.

To inaugurate the day, the “Peace Bell” is rung at UN Headquarters. The bell is cast from coins donated by children from all continents.

I would like to see every day of every year dedicated to peace.

How was your weekend?  Ready to start a brand new week?  Let’s make it a great one!



Filed under The Public Square

STDs: A Risk For Recently Bereaved Older Adults

crabby-old-fart[1]The summary of this Harvard Study indicates that for a small percentage of recently bereaved older people, contacting an STD is a risk factor.  Not surprisingly, this risk increased substantially after the commericial introduction of erectile dysfunction medications like Viagra.

Long term married older adults never had to face the question of safe sex practices.  This article concludes that doctors for such patients should educate their patients about this risk.

Pictured here in this photo is  the man who is responsible for one my recently acquired blogging guilty pleasures.  If you have time for some serious belly-laughs, please visit the site of Don Mills:  http://crabbyoldfart.wordpress.com/ .



Filed under Healthcare, Humor