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Chet and Bernie

Mysteries told from the perspective of a detective’s dog. Sounds weird, but it not only works, the stories are fun to read. That’s the Chet and Bernie series, authored by Spencer Quinn. Quinn has a knack for getting inside the head of Chet, the canine component of the detective team.

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The Zeroes

Ah, the zeroes! While it’s admittedly a little early to look back on the first decade of the 21st century – it only ended a couple of months ago – it merits some reflection given all the stuff that happened, particularly on Wall Street. Which is where Randall Lane’s The

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Unbroken

I just finished reading a new book by Laura Hillenbrand, the author of Seabiscuit. It’s called Unbroken, and it’s about the life and times of someone who was once quite famous but I had never heard of. His name is Louis Zamperini, and he was an Olympic-class track star who

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No Impediment to Enjoyment

We saw The King’s Speech last night, and boy was it a wonderful movie! I didn’t know that George VI had a lifelong stuttering problem, which he fought to overcome when he unexpectedly became king. The screenplay was excellent and the performances were marvelous, Colin Firth’s in particular. There’s a

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Making Our Democracy Work

I just finished a good book, “Making Our Democracy Work: A Judge’s View”, by Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer. If you’re curious about the way the Supreme Court fits within the overall framework of a functioning democracy, and would like insight into the approaches justices use to decide cases, it’s

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Like Sand through an Hourglass…

Years ago I had the pleasure of working with a wonderfully good-humored, droll, witty Brit geologist named Michael Welland. He ran the strategic planning group of Atlantic Richfield’s international division while I was in charge of the financial planning and budgeting team. We came from very different backgrounds, but hit

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