2013 in review – thanks for all the comments and follows!

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A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 4,900 times in 2013. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 4 trips to carry that many people.

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I wish

From  Ellen  Druda
Author:  Kore-Eda   Hirokazu
Title:   I wish [videorecording DVD]
Think back to those great family movies starring plucky kids, like Escape to Witch Mountain, or Flipper, or even The Parent Trap, and you’ll get the same feeling watching I Wish. Set in Japan, this is the story of two brothers separated by divorce, who plan to reunite with the help of their pals.  The new bullet train service is coming, and brothers Koichi and Ryunosuk believe your wish will come true if you shout it when the first trains pass each other at top speed.  The kids spend time planning exactly where this will occur and how they will get there.  They also share their wishes.  The performances by Kouki Maeda and Oushiro Maeda, brothers in real life, bring tons of charm to this movie, which was originally conceived as a promotional film for Japan Railways. VERDICT: A heart-warming Japanese language film that can be enjoyed by the whole family.

The Blackhouse

From  Eileen Effrat
Author:  Peter May
Title:  The Blackhouse
This is the first in a planned trilogy featuring Inspector Fin Macleod of the Edinburgh police. Born and raised on the Isle of Lewis,he returns after 25 years to investigate a murder that has a similar pattern to a recent spate  of murders in Edinburgh. As he begins to unravel the connections,  Macleod   confronts 25 year old feuds and jealousies in this tight knit community. Although a police procedural, it is also a psychological study of Macleod’s homecoming after all those years. If this setting interests you, another TARTAN NOIR   series set in the Shetland Islands  and written by Ann Cleeves is a good choice. Start with Raven Black.

The telling room : a tale of love, betrayal, revenge, and the world’s greatest piece of cheese

From Margaret Mezzacapo
Author:  Michael Paterniti
Title:  The telling room : a tale of love, betrayal, revenge, and the world’s greatest piece of cheese
An entire book about a cheese? Really? Yes, and it’s interesting. This is the true story of how a humble man in Spain gained and lost a fortune that he made on an old family cheese. Was it poor business acumen, the souring of the global economy, or one man’s hubris that led to his losing it all? The author’s romance with Spain shines through and helps transport the reader to another world.

Love saves the day : a novel

From  Margaret  Mezzacapo
Author:  Gwen Cooper
Title:   Love saves the day : a novel
Cooper is the author of Homer’s Odyssey, the true story of how she rescued a blind kitten named Homer who proved you don’t have to be “perfect” to love and be loved. Love Saves the Day shows us that people, too, don’t have to be “perfect.” Family relationships, as told through the eyes of a poor, rescued stray kitten, are things that we do not always see or recognize – but that doesn’t mean that they’re not there. It just means that it might take us a long time to appreciate them.  This is an enjoyable book, recommended for all.