Author Archives: splendidsummer

Superbowl 2017 – Dear Kitten Regarding the Big Game

Posted in Cat | Tagged , , , | 1 Comment

Abraham Lincoln and Cats – Presidents & Pets

Public Domain, Link When asked if her husband had any hobbies, Mary Todd Lincoln reportedly said, “cats”. President Lincoln welcomed stray cats to the White House. During the darkest days of the Civil War, the company of his cats helped … Continue reading

Posted in American History, Cat | Tagged , , , , | 66 Comments

*Expired* Nine Lives and Google Play and Amazon’s 99 Cent Movies Deal Through January 23, 2017

Nine Lives is a cute movie. Kevin Spacey plays an executive who briefly inhabits the body of a cat. As Mark Twain said, “If you crossed man with a cat, you’d improve man but deteriorate the cat.” And Nine Lives … Continue reading

Posted in Cat, Movies | Tagged , , , , , | Comments Off

AudiobookReview: The Many

This is a story about grief and loss. In a once prosperous fishing village, that is processing the grief that comes with contaminated water and the loss of livelihoods, Timothy buys a house that has been uninhabited for ten years. … Continue reading

Posted in Audiobooks, Reviews | Tagged , , , , , | Comments Off

Mailbox Monday

Here is the description from Amazon: “Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2016 Timothy Buchannan buys an abandoned house on the edge of an isolated village on the coast, sight unseen. When he sees the state of it he questions … Continue reading

Posted in Mailbox Monday | Tagged , , | 11 Comments

Review: Tangled Vines by Frances Dinkelspiel

While the original thirteen colonies were fighting for independence from England in 1779, in California, Franciscans were perfecting wine. Tangled Vines depicts the fascinating history of California’s wines. It’s bookended by the story of the worst wine arson ever: In … Continue reading

Posted in Audiobooks, California History, Reviews | Tagged , , , , | Comments Off

Best Of Blog: Hemingway’s Cat is Missing

This post appeared in November 2011. The kitty pictured above wasn’t Hemingway’s cat but she was the inspiration for the Magical Cool Cat Mysteries. The books don’t really do her justice. She died unexpectedly and I’m just grateful now that … Continue reading

Posted in 1920s, Cat, Paris, Reading | Tagged , , , , , | 15 Comments

Mailbox Monday

I like California, history, and wine and I’m looking forward to listening to the Audible edition of Tangled Vines: Greed, Murder, Obsession, and an Arsonist in the Vineyards of California by Frances Dinkelspiel. Here is part of the description from … Continue reading

Posted in American History, Mailbox Monday | Tagged , , | 7 Comments

Review: Chain of Title

Chain of Title by David Dayen presents a never dull story of mortgage fraud and mortgage foreclosure. For a brief time, some would say not brief enough, no income and no assets were required to buy houses. People were pushed … Continue reading

Posted in American History, Audiobooks | Tagged , , , , | 3 Comments

Best Of Blog: Lipstick at the 1920s New Yorker

This post originally appeared in October 2011. I can’t believe I’ve been blogging for five years. With her love for cocktails and wit, Lois Long reviewed speakeasies for The New Yorker. She signed her articles “Lipstick” and defined 1920s Flapper … Continue reading

Posted in 1920s, American History | Tagged , , , | 4 Comments