Byline: By ELAINE HOLDEN

October is a month I reserve for “atmosphere.” Halloween is coming and I like to get warmed up for that special holiday with some creepy reading...

William Shakespeare’s Hamlet (1603) contains a lovely sentence: “I could a tale unfold, whose lightest word would harrow up thy soul, freeze thy...

I thought I would be writing about water. Then it started to rain – again. I have to confess; I am a bit tired of water. Better to put off writing...

Once in a while a book comes along that makes me so excited I have to buy several copies and send them to friends and family. This time it’s more...

Summer is upon us and easy reading books, my lawn chair, and a tall glass of iced tea calls. I am winding down from a killer winter/spring schedule...

Lately, I have been reading about the discovery of “lost” cities. Of course, this prompts the question: How do you lose a city? It turns out, the...

This past year has been marked by a steep learning curve involving online work from home, the vow to never again wear pants that don’t have an...

The Avid Reader: Water is life

3/26/21

A couple of weeks ago I awoke from a contented sleep with what I thought was the beginning of a heart attack: chest pressure, wildly beating heart,...

The Avid Reader: A trip into the universe

2/26/21

This is a big month for our solar system. The robot explorer Perseverance made a 300-million-mile journey through space and landed on Mars, an...

The word Armageddon has been thrown around quite a bit lately, along with hints of the Apocalypse. These days, I can certainly understand this, and...

As I write this column, major events are happening in the country. No, this is not going to be a political diatribe – so keep reading. At some...

The sound of a seed packet ripping open. The smell of freshly turned earth. The feel of grass beneath my feet. The sight of little green shoots...

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