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Bangkok Haunts by John Burdett

Royal Thai police detective Sonchai Jitpleecheep, haunted in his dreams by a woman who once cruelly broke his heart, is charged with solving her gruesome murder, which was captured on high-quality video.

In this, the third novel in Burdett's Bangkok series, once again the author interweaves corruption and cruelty with Buddhist spirituality. The result is a dark, yet satisfying read. But fans of the series will enjoy this latest episode in the life of the only Bangkok police officer who doesn't take bribes.

A Delightful Culinary Read!

The Wedding Officer
by Anthony Capella

A British officer is sent to Naples during the Allied occupation to discourage soldiers from marrying Italian women. However he, too, falls in love with a beautiful Neapolitan widow who knows much about the art of love and cooking. A great literary treat from the author of The Food of Love!

Here If You Need Me


Here If You Need Me
by Kate Braestrup

This is the memoir of a woman who decided to become a minister after her state trooper husband was killed in a car accident. He had planned to become a minister after he retired from law enforcement, so she decided to do it in his stead. After getting her degree from the Bangor Theological Seminary, she becomes a chaplain for the Maine Warden Service.

Kids.gov

Kids.gov,the official U.S. government Web portal for kids, has been relaunched.

The site features web pages for kids, broken down in two age groups: Grades K-5, and Grades 6-8. There is also a section for educators.

Word Central: New cool dictionary site for kids.

Merriam-Webster has retooled its Word Central Website.

Search features:

  • dictionary
  • thesaurus
  • rhyming

There are games, and a build your own dictionary feature.

Two Books for End of Summer Reading!

Power Play
By Joseph Finder

This fast-paced thriller, set in the aeronautics industry, centers around a junior executive who is sent to an annual corporate retreat held at an isolated luxury lodge. The weekend think tank turns into a terrible nightmare when a band of backwoods hunters take the group hostage. Power struggles ensue as the situation becomes deadly. Great suspense!


The Man from Stone Creek
By Linda Lael Miller

An Arizona ranger goes undercover as a schoolteacher in a small western town when tracking a band of train robbers. While there he encounters Maddie Chancelor who is running the local store after her fiancé was killed. Together they sort out many personal and professional complications. Romance readers will enjoy this one!

Did you see this morning's eclipse?

Total Lunar Eclipse August 28, 2007; photo by James Guilford

Did you see this morning's total lunar eclipse? It was well worth it to me getting up 90 minutes early! I watched the Moon move from the shade of Earth's outer shadow and into the deep inner cone of darkness -- within the space of a bit more than an hour Luna changed from a full, golden disk to a dull coppery remnant in the western sky. Sunrise erased the last traces of the spectacle from sight a little after 6:00 AM.

The next total lunar eclipse visible from here will take place the night of February 21, 2008. It will be well placed in the sky for us to see the entire show, not just the first half. Mark your calendar now!

-- Photo by James Guilford

New online resource for local, family histories underway

As a partnership between the Allen County Public Library (Fort Wayne, IN), FamilySearch's Family History Library (Salt Lake City, UT), and Brigham Young University's Harold B. Lee Library a new archive of local and family histories and other historical documents is being created. The resulting Website is free to all users.

For more information on this project, including how to contribute, click here.

Lunar eclipse Tues: Aug. 28

Don't forget to get up early Tuesday, Aug. 28 (if the sky is clear) to enjoy the total lunar eclipse! Around 5 AM ought to do. Take a look, have a coffee, go take another look... repeat!

For details and an excellent Web link, visit my earlier blog entry on this subject:

"Lunar eclipse August 28"

Google Sky: A jolly good thing!

Now you can use the Google Earth system to take you to any place on this planet and ask to look up, at the sky! You'll need to have the Google Earth application installed on your computer in order to try this add-on feature.

Find Google Earth at: http://earth.google.com

I love this part of the BBC News piece announcing the Google tool....