A formerly very dim comet called Holmes (17P) flared up October 24th growing many magnitudes brighter. It's outside the orbit of Mars and in the southern portion of the constellation Perseus. Last night (Oct. 27), following a day of clouds, mist, and rain, I stepped outside to a clearing sky. It took me only a second to find Holmes and view it through my 10X50 binoculars. It was a beautiful sight, though to the uninitiated, it's just a big fuzzball. That is, of course, how it actually looked... a large, brightly glowing puff with a bright dot in the center; that's how comets look "head-on" with any tail streaming behind and away from the viewer. The glow was slightly yellow or golden... quite an unusual object.
A charming, ambitious political candidate returns to his family home in Nantucket as his mother falls victim to Alzheimers. The visit forces him to reevaluate his future when family relationships become unexpected priorities. An honest and heartfelt book by the author of All That Matters.
After his wife and son are killed in an explosion, ex-cop Matt Stromsoe takes a job as a bodyguard for a television weather forecaster being harassed by a stalker. He must protect her from powerful people who will stop at nothing for greed and revenge. A finely crafted suspense novel!
If you want your wishes to come true this just could be your weekend. If you believe in wishing on a falling star, that is! The annual Orionid meteor shower peaks after midnight Saturday night, October 20, and into the pre-dawn hours of Sunday. IF the sky is clear (and that's a rather big "if" lately) and you go to a place where the skies are dark, you may see more than 20 meteors streak across the sky in an hour! Some of the meteors will be bright and leave briefly glowing trails. Many will be fast and faint. Don't worry, however, you won't be bonked on the noggin by the falling debris -- it's only dust and small grains left behind in space during previous passages of Halley's Comet. Traveling at very high speed, the tiny particles glow brightly as they enter Earth's atmosphere heating and finally "burning up" completely.
Do you remember that "Seinfeld" episode when Kramer takes an armload of unwanted Pottery Barn catalogs and throws them inside one of the company's stores?
Every feel like doing that? How do you stop getting those catalogs, anyhow?
Catalog Choice is a service that helps you opt out of catalogs that you don't want.
The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield
In this story within a story, a lonely biographer is summoned to a remote estate to interview a reclusive best-selling novelist. In a race against time, the biographer tries to come to terms with her own identity while sorting out the truths of another's. Voted a "sure bet" by the Popular Materials Department.
A strong senses of place and a quest for self-discovery propel the reader through this very engaging novel.
In this novel an artist tells how a particular painting affected others.
There are a number of projects out in Webland to create and provide free audio recordings of books that are in the public domain.
Like Librivox.org, where volunteers record individual chapters of books in a collaborative framework. Nice!
Here's the link to the Librivox recording of Little Men by Louisa May Alcott. You can download individual chapters or a zip file of the whole enchilada.
There is also AudioBooksFor Free. The name says it all.
There are other similar audiobook projects/resources out there. Rather than write them all here, read this item from resourceshelf.com.