Sep 03

My Harry Potter Score

You know I love all things Harry Potter. (Shut up, Othurme!) I have no problem admitting to the fact that a series of children’s books ranks as high on my list as “traditional classics” like To Kill a Mockingbird, Rebecca, or Alice in Wonderland.

At any rate, I ran across this quiz the other day and thought I’d share it. Who are you?

You scored as Albus Dumbledore, Strong and powerful you admirably defend your world and your charges against those who would seek to harm them. However sometimes you can fail to do what you must because you care too much to cause suffering.

Albus Dumbledore


Harry Potter


Remus Lupin


Hermione Granger


Sirius Black


Draco Malfoy


Ron Weasley


Ginny Weasley


Severus Snape


Lord Voldemort


Your Harry Potter Alter Ego Is…?
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Aug 17

Never Have Your Dog Stuffed

No, I don’t have a great story about having an ex-pet stuffed.

Fortunately, Alan Alda does.

I’m reading a copy of his book, “Never Have Your Dog Stuffed and Other Things I’ve Learned.” I’m about halfway through it and it’s one of the best collections of memoirs or short stories that I have read in a long long time. His stories about growing up in burlesque shows are my favorite so far.

Occasionally I will read something that I feel is written so well that I can’t stop thinking about the way the author structured their thoughts. Here’s a passage I particularly enjoy:

Although she [Alda’s Mother] didn’t say it aloud, “peer groups” sounded to her like people peering at one another. To the priest who answered the phone, the book [The Lonely Crowd], and possibly all of sociology, may have smacked of godless secularism. “We’re [the Catholic Church] concerned about that book, too,” he told her. Neither one of them was fully aware of what the other meant. Two utterly different forms of paranoia had met in the dark and agreed there was something under the bed.

What a great metaphor.

May 31

Celebrity Chef/Author Maria Liberati Coming to BlogTopix.Net!

Maria LiberatiFormer international model turned celebrity chef and author, Maria Liberati will be leaving her mark on the World Wide Web with the upcoming launch of her virtual book tour for her bestseller, The Basic Art of Italian Cooking, beginning on June 4, 2007 and concluding on June 28, 2007.

This month long virtual tour will venture through eight Internet sites maintained by writers and bloggers throughout the world. Web savvy fans can look forward to exclusive interviews and blogs with Ms. Liberati, as she virtually devotes one day to each stop on her tour. She will be sharing everything about her writing experiences from recommendations on vegetarian Italian cooking to the influence of Italian cinema, and even tips for writing about food.

Join Maria and I at BlogTopix.Net on June 28th, 2007.

If you have any questions you’d like to ask about writing, publishing, cooking, Italian food or cinema, or anything else you’re curious about be sure to contact me, or leave a comment. I’ll make sure she gets your questions.

Here’s the best part:

Portions of the proceeds of the book sales raised through the book tour will benefit Gilda’s Club,, a worldwide nonprofit organization that provides support to cancer victims.

For more information on the virtual tour, contact or call 1-800-581-9020 x.100. You can also drop me a note.

Visit Maria on the web at or view her virtual calendar at

Mar 29

The Modern Library | 100 Best | Novels

Someday I will read all of these:

The Modern Library | 100 Best | Novels

Ok… scratch that… some of these I have already attempted to read and just couldn’t do it… namely: Catch-22 (oh how hard it was to read all the made up language and talking in circles!) Tropic of Cancer (snore)… there are others.

One title I see missing from both lists that I thought was just FANTASTIC: Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance.

Read it.