Thursday, September 18, 2014

George Washington: The Crossing Marries Art & History

George Washington: The Crossing by Jack E. Levin is a wonderful account of the Battle of Trenton, an important event and a turning point during the American Revolution.

George Washington: The Crossing

A portion of "Washington Crossing the Delaware River", an oil painting by Emmanuel Gottlieb Leutze aptly used and spanned as the book's front and back cover (jacket). This painting evokes a patriotic sense in viewers and illustrates the strength, as well as the struggle of the soldiers as they crossed the Delaware River. If you know the painting, without reading the book, you can probably guess some of the issues and the thoughts in the subjects' mind.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

search for the perfect running bra II

 
(Image from Women's Health Magazine)
 
As the title suggest, and as mentioned in my earlier post here, I am in search of a good running sports bra. I bought 3 sports bra (for C/D cups) from Lady Foot Locker, and after several wears of each, here're my two cents:

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

National Book Festival at the Washington Convention Center

It was an awesome experience. It was nice to finally be able to check this festival out. I only wish that I get to experience this at the National Mall where it was previously held since its inception.


It was a crowded event and the schedule was jammed pack. I think it needs to be two days instead of the one. There were so many sessions I wanted to attend around the same time. And if you want to get books signed by authors, you'll need to be on line hours before, which means you'll have to skip other presentations. The booths around provided great information from the Library of Congress. The Pavilion of the States were also a hit and great opportunity for

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

So glad "Gone Girl" is gone...


Gone from my reading list. I did not enjoy Gillian Flynn's "Gone Girl." Don't get me wrong, it was a fresh story with great writing from Ms. Flynn.  Labelled as a suspense thriller, it delivered. However, I find the story disturbing. I'll try not to spill anything significant and spoil the read.  The premise was understandable, with themes on relationships, mainly between the main characters, as well as the relationships between the main characters and the supporting characters. What I find so disturbing are the ideas that Ms. Flynn wrote about in regards to the main couple.  I know the world is not perfect, and us as humans aren't as well. Each one of us are flawed, but to think there are such sick people out there, just gives me the creeps, and

Saturday, August 23, 2014

the search for the perfect running bra

It is on. The search began a few days ago, after I noticed the amount of chafing and tightness my old Nike sports bra is. As the search goes further through the various sports bra or tanks (with built-in support bras) I currently own, I realize they're all either loose (from years of stretch and wear) or too tight (I've gain a few past couple of years). Many, well ALL of them, I purchased on sale, without thoughts to the support level or how well it fits my body type. I mean, they're on sale, beggars can't be choosers, as the saying goes.  To be honest, I don't usually wear them often, as I'm not much of an active person in terms of sports or working out, and I just think they all work the same.

(Image from Athleta.com)
Now that I'm in my 30s, and I care a lot more about comfort, I'm slowly learning about the many benefits of a well fitted sports bra and sneakers (that's a whole another story).  I've done quite a lot of

Thursday, August 21, 2014

"His Excellency" truly is excellent

For my first presidential biography, I wasn't too sure what to expect. I've read multiple biographies and non-fiction before, so I'm not new to reading this genre of books. However, as the first presidential biography, "His Excellency" by Joseph J. Ellis exceeded much more than my mediocre expectations. He increased my appetite for knowledge of the subject and all that relates.  Let me explain.


I'm no historian or professional book reviewer, so don't expect that out of me. My husband asked me when I first approached this new project of mine, what do I want to get out of this, and specifically this book on George Washington. I thought for a minute and then responded with something along this, "For me, it's about getting to know a little more about the people who lead our country, and ultimately shaped it to what it is today. Who, what, why and how were my questions. Who are these people besides what we were taught in

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Little Italy in Baltimore - The Italian Festival

Check out the annual Feast of St. Gabriel Italian Festival in Little Italy, Baltimore, MD.  Great food, music and games!