The Green Unknown: Travels in the Khasi Hills by Patrick Rogers

When somebody says "living architecture," I immediately have visions of Tolkien's Middle-Earth, specifically Lothlórien.  I'm fascinated by that sort of thing for a variety of reasons that I never thought probable.  For author and conservationist Patrick Rogers, it means truly living bridges -- botanical architecture -- and it means travelling to the remote jungles of … Continue reading The Green Unknown: Travels in the Khasi Hills by Patrick Rogers

“The Adventure of the Cardboard Box” by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Bear with me, loyal reader, for there's a lot of background detail to discuss on this story that may or may not overshadow the tale itself.  I'm going to present it anyway, and you can decide for yourself or skip ahead to the discussion of the case at hand. If you're following along in an … Continue reading “The Adventure of the Cardboard Box” by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Money: Master the Game – 7 Simple Steps to Financial Freedom by Tony Robbins

I said 2018 was all about learning to become financially responsible, and the key to doing that is to be both motivated to learn and to demystify the world of finance.  Enter: Tony Robbins.  Odds are you know the name.  The man is charismatic and passionate, two vital ingredients needed to motivate absolutely anyone to … Continue reading Money: Master the Game – 7 Simple Steps to Financial Freedom by Tony Robbins

Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House by Michael Wolff

Back in college, I had the privilege to take some journalism courses and operate on a newspaper overseen by an old school newshound.  A lot has changed in the world of journalism since then, and certainly since the time of my instructor.  What I learned informs my perception of the media today: where it continues … Continue reading Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House by Michael Wolff

“The Adventure of Silver Blaze” by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

This tale kicks off the second short story collection in the series, The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes.  If we think about Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's stories in terms of modern television, then we can see his first two novels (A Study in Scarlet, The Sign of Four) as the first and second pilots, wherein the … Continue reading “The Adventure of Silver Blaze” by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

“The Adventure of the Copper Beeches” by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

This tale marks the final entry in the first collection of short stories, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes.  Seems appropriate to end out the year for this project in this way. The story revolves around Violet Hunter and one of the most bizarre job interviews ever recorded, at least in fiction.  I'm sure that real life, … Continue reading “The Adventure of the Copper Beeches” by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

“The Adventure of the Beryl Coronet” by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

An expensive piece of jewelry -- a beryl coronet -- is used as collateral to secure a loan.  The banker, Alexander Holder of Streatham, feels that his personal safe at the bank isn't secure enough, so he takes it home for safekeeping.  When he awakens in the night, he finds his son Arthur with his … Continue reading “The Adventure of the Beryl Coronet” by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle