Category Books

2021 In Review: Pigs Is Pigs

It has been a perennial favorite here since I foirst posted it seven years agao, and last year it was the most view post of the year. Reading the post has me heading to the basement bookshelves to read teh book again. I had to write a book report last week for a course I […]

2021 In Review: Those 10,000 Hours

In the ninth spot as we review 2021 is the 2015 post that was in sixth place last year – and is the most viewed post of all time at Random Thoughts From Lorne. While I appreciate the point author Malcolm Gladwell was trying to make, his choice of The Beatles as an example of […]

My ABC’s

I had a different post planned for today, then got sidetracked and forgot to finish it. Instead, this one, which was first published here six years ago. During my childhood I was not exposed to the delightful children’s books penned by Canadian author Dennis Lee. By the time he turned his attention to writing poems for […]

Is It Just Me?

Some days I just want to sit and read. Not emails. Not Facebook or other social media. Not a newspaper. A book. A real book with pages, not a tablet. Anyone else feel that way today?

Denial

With a post title like “Denial” you might be expecting me to be weighing in on the Canadian election results. Which I will do at some point in the near future, but right now I thought we could all use a distraction. Joseph Quentin is a famous fixer. If you have a legal problem, he […]

Feeling Stressed?

Honestly, I think most people live their daily lives along a spectrum from slightly rattled to completely fried as their normal state of being. – John Eldredge If you have a smartphone, if you use social media, you should read this book. I could give a longer review, listing all the reasons, but there is […]

Just For Fun

I was looking at old travel photos earlier today, debating if I wanted to share some. I can’t decide if it is a good idea. In these days of travel restrictions it seems a little cruel to talk about places we can’t visit. Yet at the same time they bring back good memories and warm […]

2020 In Review – Pigs Is Pigs

I’m not sure who introduced me to this book first, but it remains a perennial favorite. I do remember it was the go-to novel for eighth graders who had neglected to do a book report. You could read it in a couple of minutes, and your report might be longer than the book. This perennial […]

Following The Directions

Do you believe product descriptions? Do they influence your choice when you are buying something? I was thinking about that this week as I defrosted the freezer compartment of the refrigerator in our apartment. As you can see in the picture above, it needed it. And that is only the ice from the first of […]

RIP Charlie Daniels

American music icon Charlie Daniels died Monday, felled by a stroke at age 83. I only saw him perform live once, about 1980 I think, in Ottawa. I did read is autobiography though, and reviewed it here in October 2017. No need to add anything more.     He’s a simple man (by his own words) […]