Monthly Archives: November 2012

Tai-Pan, James Clavell

****1/2 Tai-Pan (Asian Saga #2) Author: James Clavell First Edition:  Atheneum, 1966 Original language:  English Summary: The novel opens with the British seizure of Hong Kong after the first Opium War.  Long and sweeping, covering the lives of many characters, the book focuses on Dirk Struan, the Tai-Pan, the most powerful trader in Asia and […]

20 Christmas Gifts For Cyclists

From my column at The Washington Times Communities WASHINGTON, DC, November 21, 2012- If you have a cyclist or occasional bicycle rider on your Christmas list, it may be difficult to find just the right bike-related gift.  Some of the items on this list are practical, others are fun, some are for gadget lovers, and others […]

Georgetown Library Book Sale: My Haul

Washington DC, November 19, 2012- Last saturday my mom and I went to the Georgetown Library book sale.  We went early, but it was still pretty crowded and most of the good books were gone.  However, i think I did pretty well, considering I spent $84 total, and two of the books were $55 (one […]

King Rat, James Clavell

***** King Rat Asian Saga #1 Author: James Clavell First Edition: Marin Joseph, 1962 Original language: English Summary: King Rat follows the lives of the POWs at Changi Prison, in Singapore, during the last weeks of WWII.  Clavell was himself a POW at Changi, and the story retells his experience.  The story is mostly told […]

Northern Italian Pork or Veal Stew with Peas and Potatoes

Pork or Veal Stew (serves 4-6) Ingredients: 1 lb. veal or pork loin, cut in 1″ cubes 2 oz. all purpose flour 1/2 cup white wine 2 Tbs. olive oil 1 medium onion, finely chopped 1 garlic clove, minced 1 Tbs. tomato paste 2 carrots, cubed 4 medium potatoes, cut in 1″ cubes 1 can […]

Review: Amazon Kindle Paperwhite

From my column at the Washington Times Communities WASHINGTON DC, November 16, 2012- After waiting for a month to get my back-ordered Kindle Paperwhite and using it every day for two weeks, I can honestly say that this is Amazon’s best Kindle yet. I read a lot.  From fiction, to magazines, to biographies, I love to […]

DC, Maryland and Virginia launch the Street Smart Fall Campaign

From my column at the Washington Times Communities WASHINGTON, DC, November 16, 2012- Fall in the DC area is a beautiful time, but also a time for increased traffic-related cyclist and pedestrian injuries and fatalities.  As Daylight Savings changes to Standard Time, it is often dark by five p.m., just in time for the evening commute.  […]

November 15

Savages, Don Winslow

*** Savages Author: Don Winslow First Edition: Simon & Schuster, 2010 Original language: English Awards: Barry Award Nominee for Best Novel (2011), Dilys Award Nominee (2011) Summary: Savages follows a few days in the life of Ben, Chon (formerly John), and O (short for Ophelia).  Selling the best stuff on the market, Ben and Chon […]

November 11

Biking for Beginners: 10 Tips to Ride Your Bicycle Safely in Traffic

Riding in traffic, even slow traffic, is one of the scariest obstacles that many beginning riders have to overcome.  Thinking of being hit by a car while on your bike is enough to discourage many from even attempting to ride their bicycle in the city. When I first started riding, I had visions of myself […]

November 11

Moroccan Chicken Tajine with Chickpeas and Preserved Lemons

Moroccan Chicken Tajine with Chickpeas and Preserved Lemons (Serves 4-6) Ingredients: 4 chicken thighs, with bone & skin 4 chicken breasts, with bone and skin 6 cloves garlic, minced 1 tsp. cumin, ground 1 tsp. ginger, ground ½ tsp. sweet paprika ½ Tbs. salt ½ tsp. black pepper, freshly ground 1 can chickpeas 1 large […]