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The love of learning, the sequestered nooks, and all the sweet serenity of books. ~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow



Keach as Falstaff=Brilliant


I just saw Stacy Keach as Falstaff in Henry IV, Part I, at the Shakespeare Theater. Needless to say, he was brilliant. I’m excited to see Part II this coming weekend. The other actors, staging and scenery was impeccable. If you are near D.C., definitely try to check out a performance.


New Year’s Resolution: Shakespeare

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I have three New Year’s resolutions for 2014: one for body, one for mind and one for giving back. I am determined to do the Tour du Mont Blanc (a hike through France, Italy and Switzerland), participate with my family in at least one philanthropic event per month and read all of Shakespeare’s works.


To achieve the last, I’ve broken down the Bard’s plays into months. I will fit his sonnets in as I go.


Here’s to happy reading and a happy, healthy New Year!

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Definitely not Twilight…


A friend recently loaned me her copy of ‘The Discovery of Witches’ by Deborah Harkness. Feeling more than a bit leery to read it (I’m over the whole vampire thing), I gave it a shot nonetheless. And I’m glad I did. Although somewhat contrived, ‘Discovery’ is still a fun read. And while it’s about witches, vamps and even demons, who have to live alongside humans, it’s definitely not Twilight (yes, I read the books).

Loaded with academia (but in a good way), ‘Discovery’ takes the reader on a journey from the halls of Oxford, to castles in central France, and finally to New England. It’s about a woman’s (a witch) quest– alongside a 1500 year-old charming man (a vamp) — to understand an ancient manuscript and the magical hold it has on her.

I liked that I kept learning things throughout the book about evolution, alchemy and historical world events.  So, while it’s an entertaining read (like Twilight), you feel like you’re getting some value from it.

The book is part of a series–the similarities with Twilight don’t end–and the second book, ‘Shadow of Night,’ is next on my reading list. The third and final book will be published next summer. And, there’s even a movie in development.  Hmm… did someone say Twilight?  Let’s just hope the acting is better (yes, I even saw the movies).

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