Author Archives: splendidsummer

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

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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

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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

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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

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Cat Cafe San Diego

Dodger, the adorable to the max cat pictured above, resided at Cat Cafe San Diego until humans worthy to take him home arrived. Cat Cafe San Diego offers the company of cats, locally brewed coffee, and locally baked pastry every … Continue reading

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Lana’i Cat Sanctuary

Video used by permission of Lana’i Cat Sanctuary. On the remote Hawian island of Lana’i, purchased by Oracle billionaire Larry Ellison in 2012, with plans for optimal green technology, there are approximately 3,000 humans and 500 cats. These cats might … Continue reading

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Kids Read to Cats and take Cuteness to the Max

Kids read to cats and take cuteness to the max. Berks County Animal Rescue League created a “Book Buddies” program where kids read to cats. Most masculine cat man ever, Ernest Hemingway, found cats have a great appreciation for literary … Continue reading

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Dear Kitten: Regarding the Dog

As explained to the kitten in the video, “A dog is a man’s best friend” was incredible marketing on the part of dogs:) Does it seem like cats are excelling more at marketing themselves than dogs today? Or is it … Continue reading

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Mailbox Monday

I’m looking forward to reading the first book in a long-term mystery series set in Paris: Here is the description from Amazon: “Meet Aimée Leduc, the smart, stylish Parisian private investigator, in her bestselling first investigation Aimée Leduc has always … Continue reading

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Mailbox Monday

I’ve tasted bargain and luxury travel. And while I can’t really complain about luxury travel, it is insular. Also, when you travel on your own in a foreign country, you’re approached more by locals than when you travel with someone. … Continue reading

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