I never knew I had such discipline …

You’ve heard me say time and again that I love reading and I love books. And I love having books stubbornaround. It gives me pleasure just to see them, let alone to hold them and feel their weight in my hand. To smell the ink. To feel the texture of the paper.

The sight of bookcases filled to overflowing is comforting to me. So are tables piled high with them.

I love looking at all the different books I’ve read and I Continue reading

Sometimes I’m a mystery even to myself …

How weird is this? Right in the middle of walking to meet a friend for coffee a book title popped into myShangri-La head. James Hilton’s Lost Horizon.

Out of nowhere. Why? That’s my question to you.


I first read Lost Horizon back in grade school. Don’t make me tell you how long ago that was. In those days, we were given a required reading list at the very beginning of the school year. And each time we finished a book we had to Continue reading

Day 1. Fifty Shades

Trust me when I tell you that I’ve not led a sheltered life.  Far from it.  But never, in my wildest imagination, would I have ever thought that we’d be discussing BDSM as openly and casually as we are.  And if you don’t know what I’m talking about you’ve got to be living under a rock.

Okay, for the three of you who have been in a cave for the past year or so, BDSM is a sexual practice that involves bondage, dominance and submission, to give you a few examples.  And the reason it’s on everyone’s lips is because of a trilogy of erotic novels (Fifty Shades of Grey, Fifty Shades Darker, Fifty Shades Freed respectively) written by a former UK television executive, E.L. James.

According to Wikipedia, as of this month the series has sold 40 million copies worldwide, with book rights having been sold in 37 countries; and it’s set the record as the fastest-selling paperback of all time, surpassing the Harry Potter series.  It’s being read by young women.  Middle aged women.  White haired ladies.  Sophisticated women.  Wealthy women.  Executives.  Professionals.  Stay-at-home moms.  Grandmothers.  University students.  City dwellers.  Suburban housewives.

Husbands are buying the books for their wives.  It’s on book club reading lists.  It’s being discussed on Facebook and Twitter and in mainstream media like The New Continue reading