The Age of Innocence

Apr 13

The Age of Innocence

Edith Wharton won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for this beautifully written, richly worded novel based in New York City in the late 1800s. Too bad most of the characters are Snobby Snobbersons with no real redeeming qualities. Newland Archer is at the center of this tale of (sort of) star-crossed lovers. Mr. Archer finds a marital match that is accepted by his...

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Crazy Rich Asians

Mar 19

Crazy Rich Asians

I really wanted to like this book by Kevin Kwan. I have been on a pretty amazing reading streak lately. I was sick for a few weeks & caught up on some books in my pile. The streak stops here, apparently. New York gal Rachel falls in love with Nick. These two professors have been together for two years. Nick asks Rachel to come home with him to Singapore for the...

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Bailey’s Brunch – Carmel Kitchen & Wine Bar

Mar 14

Bailey’s Brunch – Carmel Kitchen & Wine Bar

I was lucky enough to be invited to a sneak preview of the upcoming brunch menu at Carmel Kitchen in South Tampa. Kim Bailey has created a unique and decidedly down-home menu for you to enjoy at your Sunday leisure. I have always been a fan of Carmel (their Chicken Salad sandwich is a favorite) so I was excited to try some farm-fresh breakfast items in the casually...

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Madame Butterfly

Mar 09

Madame Butterfly

I like to read a libretto before I go to the opera, so as to not be totally lost. Madame Butterfly is Giacomo Puccini’s opera based on a short story by John Luther Long. It is the heartbreaking tale of Cho Cho San (the beautiful Butterfly), a young gal in Nagasaki who wholeheartedly enters into an arranged marriage with Benjamin Franklin Pinkerton. (My poor...

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