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Hero Tales: Really Authentic
We all love the director’s commentary and the extra “How We Made It” sequences on DVDs. We’re not quite there yet for our own Great Waters Press productions, but we thought you might be interested in what is going into our Hero Tales audiobook CDs. The third volume in this series brings the collection up to the…
King Alfred’s English
King Alfred's English: A History of the Language We Speak and Why We Should Be Glad We Do is a fun and enlightening view of English history in the format of four major language "invasions" and how they changed the shape and form of English. Surprising facts about people and wars, quirky details about spelling…
Hal and some of the children at the Bonneville Salt Flats
Bonneville
Bonne Ville means "good city" in French, but without a doubt Bonneville, Utah, is the most inhospitable, uninhabitable place I've ever seen, including the Arabian Desert. It was named for Benjamin Bonneville, a French-born Army officer who explored the region in the 1830s. It certainly is no place for a city, good or bad. 'The…
Catan Game Opens the Old West
Our family enjoys board games from time to time, especially old standards like Monopoly, Clue, and Scrabble. We also enjoy history, geography and trains. Our friends at Timberdoodle sent us a board game that combines them all, and we've added a new game to our list of favorites! Settlers of America: Trails to Rails is…
Review: Ned, Barnardo Boy
There are only a select subset of books that I reread. Most are barely worth the time to finish them, but there are a few that bear rereading again and again. Dorothy Sayers is like that. Although she writes mysteries, her prose is so enjoyable that you don't even care that you know "who dunnit."…