10 Beautiful Sentences From My 10 Favorite Fiction Books of 2014

The "best of" season is in full swing and I can't resist the opportunity to share my opinion. I have written about 2014's Best Books You Might Have Missed and now I'm turning to my favorite fiction of the year. Since I've already gushed about these novels in their respective reviews, I'm highlighting some of my favorite lines in hopes you'll pick these books up if you haven't already.   ...more
elaineR.N. Sometimes reading can be a great escape. Hope you find something you like!more

Politics, Survival and a Forgotten Art: The Story of Chinese Women Embroiderers

Like my other novels, Secret of a Thousand Beauties is about women who overcome great difficulties to make better lives for themselves. It is set in 1930s Suzhou and Beijing, a time when an imperial embroiderer might be your next-door neighbor. And a time of great creative ferment, but also great social turmoil with modernizers, revolutionaries, and gangsters vying to determine China’s future. Women were attaining more freedom, but the old oppressions persisted, such as the notorious ghost marriage, in which a woman was forced to marry a dead man. ...more

10 Secrets You Don't Know About Peter Pan

This Thursday, December 4, NBC will attempt to duplicate the success of their 2013, live Sound of Music broadcast by airing a 21st Century version of a 20th century classic.  The live telecast of Peter Pan stars Allison Williams (Girls) and Christian Borle (Smash), with voice-over by Minnie Driver (About a Boy), and something we all need more of in our lives, a singing, dancing Christopher Walken. ...more
Very interesting! And I'm apprehensively looking forward to tonight.more

Great African American Books of 2014

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The Art of Talking Politics

Last weekend my mom and I popped by the AGO to check out the (awesome) Alex Colville exhibit. While we were there, we wandered into the art and politics wing of the gallery, a place where my mom could pretty much be an installation, as it was the intersection of two of her greatest passions....more

Winter Painting

I am Margaret Aycock.  This blog follows my life as an artist, organic gardener, forager, cook,and house concert host.  I live in a family of musicians/songwriters/artists, Jesse Aycock, Dylan Aycock ( Scissortail Records)  Scott Aycock...more

10 Beautiful Sentences From My 10 Favorite Fiction Books of 2014

The "best of" season is in full swing and I can't resist the opportunity to share my opinion. I have written about 2014's Best Books You Might Have Missed and now I'm turning to my favorite fiction of the year. Since I've already gushed about these novels in their respective reviews, I'm highlighting some of my favorite lines in hopes you'll pick these books up if you haven't already.   ...more
elaineR.N. Sometimes reading can be a great escape. Hope you find something you like!more

Politics, Survival and a Forgotten Art: The Story of Chinese Women Embroiderers

Like my other novels, Secret of a Thousand Beauties is about women who overcome great difficulties to make better lives for themselves. It is set in 1930s Suzhou and Beijing, a time when an imperial embroiderer might be your next-door neighbor. And a time of great creative ferment, but also great social turmoil with modernizers, revolutionaries, and gangsters vying to determine China’s future. Women were attaining more freedom, but the old oppressions persisted, such as the notorious ghost marriage, in which a woman was forced to marry a dead man. ...more

Dresden Plates

My grandmother, Mildred, was born in Sioux City, Iowa, in 1902. She died in Windom, Minnesota, in 1974....more

Wine for the Holidays: How to Find the Perfect Wine with Zero Stress

I’ve been working in the wine industry for 13 years now.  Through all of the years that I’ve been the wine selector for holiday meals with the family, holiday parties with friends, or wine events that I’ve hosted and organized for wineries/wine companies I’ve learned a few things. And what I learned is to simplify because getting complicated about wine just isn’t necessary....more

Gina Biggs’ Brave New World Themed Webcomic Is a Must Read

 Gina Biggs' New Webcomic Love Not Found I am completely new to webcomics (online comics or Internet comics), so I was glad when i09 ran an article on Gina Biggs’ new comic series titled Love Not Found. What intrigued me most about the comic was its similarity to one of my favorite books, Brave New World.In Love Not Found, Biggs sets her comic in the future where humans have no need to engage in any kind of physical contact for communication, romance or procreation, machines do all the work!Abeille, who recently moved to a Monotopa for a change in her life, finds herself adjusting to this new way of life. Though she might be a little lonely she seems content, until the day she runs into Miel, literally touching and all. Since touching is not a sensation Monotopaians exercise, this begins to unravel both our characters into a journey of misadventures, exploration and romance....more