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Tourism: In the Footsteps of Alexander the Great

Hard work paying off, I had made time to visit the Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens and take the last tour of "In the Footsteps of Alexander the Great". The collection, owned by Elke Brockway, hasn't been shown in ten years. She said this about the small exhibit at this Historic West Palm Beach home - turned - museum: “We came up with the idea of Alexander, the Macedonian, because I have always kept Greek and Roman, Persian and Gandharan, and Chinese artifacts. I have always tried to keep these collections separate in my house. So I thought I could set up the three rooms according to the artifacts that I am going to bring,” she explains.
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11/8 Volunteer: Twin Palms Center for the Disabled

There are days when you wake up early, knowing the day will be filled with scrubbing floors and washing windows, and you actually love it.

Review: Matched

Matched by Ally Condie

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I got sucked into this fast read two days ago. I plowed through 25% the first night and then read the rest tonight. I enjoyed every bit of the 1984esque world presented to me. I'm fairly used to the YA love triangle thing by now, so it barely phased me. There is a small bit in the end, regarding that, that I don't find particularly palatable or believable, but it seems a small thing compared to how well written the rest of it is. It simply makes the end geeks a bit prematurely precipitate, like I missed a bit of character development. Still, it wasn't enough to ruin the book. I'll read the other two. It's a trilogy, of course.

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Review: Dragonfly in Amber

Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I really try not to read romance novels, but the adult moments in this book were either nicely skippable or had plot points in them (no really)! And, they weren't so terribly awkward or overwritten as in so many books that sell their so-so stories with the sex itself.

Without being able to give too much away, I loved it. I read the audiobook version, and the orator did a good job of separating the characters and conveying emotions. The story itself started out so differently that I had to go back and read the cliffnotes for the first book to make sure I hadn't forgotten some huge plot point. Turns out, it was a plot device of THIS novel. I loved it. It was a great way to seamlessly connect the two novels.

I really don't know how much more to review without giving away plot points. Granted, the book is based on (some) actual historical events, but I'm not betting you've gone and researched those. I did l…