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Sunday, April 29, 2012

Bits & Bobs, Dear Maeve & 3 Dogs in Chicago

I'm a little over due with my Blog, but I have the double excuse of school and the Maine Playwrights Festival. It was a glorious success. Going back to the theater keeps my acting chops in working order and gives you that adrenalin rush of playing to the unknown. That's the part of theater I find so exhilarating.
I'm in the final stretch of university, working on finals and hoping I have moved forward in my knowledge of ASL (American Sign Language).
Now onto what is keeping me entertained this month. My book review will be on Maeve Binchys "Nights of Rain and Stars". I am a die hard mystery, Murder and Mayhem gal, but in between my Mayhem fixes I need a little distraction, kind of like a palate cleaner between rich courses. I supplement my Murder & Mayhem with relationship drama, historical sagas and the occasional Western.  No one delves into the inner workings of the heart like Maeve Binchy. I reach for her books time and time again, when I just want to read a straight forward book about life's trials & tribulations and the never ending quest for love and understanding. "Nights of Rain & Stars" certainly fit the bill. It's about four young travelers who meet at a Greek tavern during the midst of a horrific tragedy in the small coastal village. Fiona a nurse , trying to escape her parents' influence on her life. Thomas,a divorced dad on sabbatical 
and missing his son,hoping his absence will help his son adjust to the changes in his life. Elsa, looking to run from everything familiar in her life including her lover and David desperate to to prove to himself that he is the polar opposite of his father and wants no part of the family business. They all find advice and solace in the small town of Aghia Anna. They end up making decisions that surprise the town folk and themselves. 
"Nights...." was an easy read, but at times a little too simplistic. Some of the characters annoyed me to no end. They made me wonder..was I that stupid in my 20's? God I hope not.  "Nights..." delivered what I expected, a good, uncomplicated story. It wasn't one of Maeve Binchys best like "Circle of Friends" and "Tara Road", but it was adequate.If you want to try one of her books reach for "Circle of Friends" first.

let's move onto what's playing on heavy rotation in my MP3 player. It's been kinda of an old school week for me. In heavy rotation is Chicago and Three Dog Night. They're both great for taking along on a walk and dancing by yourself!

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