Financial Crisis Timeline

The Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis has created a timeline of the current financial crisis.

Links to press releases, SEC filings, Congressional testimony, etc., are provided within each timeline entry. Also, there is a PDF version of the timeline that you can download and print off.

Soon I Will Be Invincible

In Soon I Will Be Invincible, author Austin Grossman expands the world of superheroes and supervillains, giving comic book archetypes rich lives and emotional states. There are two story lines in the novel.

Author Donald Westlake died on 12/31

Donald Westlake, the so-called "Neil Simon of the crime novel," died on 12/31/08 while vacationing in Mexico. He wrote more than 90 books in his career.

He was known for incorporating comedy and slapstick in to traditional crime novels. In 1993, he was named Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America.

For a biography from the Washington Post, click here.

Time Magazine: Top 10 Everything of 2008

As we say farewell to 2008, let's celebrate the year with a boatload of top 10 lists from Time Magazine!

There are 50 top 10 lists in The Top 10 Everything of 2008, which include such topics as:

  • Odd-ball news stories
  • Olympic Moments
  • Late Night Jokes
  • iPhone apps
  • Viral videos

I particularly liked this entry in the Top 10 T-shirt worthy slogans category.

The Jesuit and the Skull


In The Jesuit and the Skull: Teilhard de Chardin, Evolution, and the Search for Peking Man, the author provides a concise history of human evolution, and an intriguing personal history of French Jesuit priest and scientist Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, who had been exiled to China by the Vatican for writings that asserted humanity's evolutionary relationship to apes and challenged the doctrine of original sin.

Health Care Information Site for Consumers

The Federal Trade Commission has created an excellent new Website called Who Cares: Sources of Information About Health Care Products and Services.

This site provides information on:

  • Care and services -- including facilities, therapies, etc.
  • Pills and Products
  • Scams and frauds

A PDF version of the site is also available, making it easy to take the information to your doctor.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time

Told through the eyes of a 15 year old autistic boy, author Mark Haddon provides an insightful glimpse into the thought processes of an autistic mind. Though uncomfortable with strangers and unfamiliar situations, young Christopher is determined to discover who murdered his neighbor’s dog. As he embarks on his search, Christopher’s unique approach to solving the predicaments he finds himself in are often humorous and always unusual. His determination and unorthodox approach captivate the reader who will find themselves rooting for this determined young man who perseveres despite overwhelming odds as his search leads to discoveries that will impact his life and those closest to him.

Website for safe toys:

'Tis the season to buy toys. If you have concerns about the safety of the toys you buy and the use of chemicals in them, then check out

You can browse by toy brand or type. There are also lists of the best and worst toys.

It's a Mystery 12/06/08

Did You Know ...?

While browsing some mystery authors' websites, I discovered some interesting facts about the writers.  Here are just a few things I learned.

  • Alexander McCall Smith (#1 Ladies Detective Agency series) was a Professor of Medical Law at the University of Edinburgh and served on national and international bioethics panels.

Three Great Reads for Winter!

The Choice
by Nicholas Sparks
Travis Parker and Gabby Holland are neighbors who unexpectedly fall in love. They eventually marry and have a family, but tragedy forces one of them to make a difficult choice. This latest novel balances love, joy, and heartbreak in typical Sparks fashion. Romance fans will enjoy!