All Over but the Shoutin’

March 23, 2018


A celebrated Pulitzer Prizewinning New York Times reporter turns his investigative attention to his own past: growing up poor and making his way from rural Alabama to the top of his profession. Bragg, who was born in 1959, is poetic and convincing on his family’s poverty and how it chipped away at their dreams “to the point that the hopelessness show[ed] through.” His father, violent and an alcoholic, figures here, as do his siblings, but this is above all a son’s story of love and respect for a mother who picked cotton, cleaned houses, and took in washing and ironing, determined to secure for her children the chance at a successful life that poverty had denied her. Bragg explores the ambivalence he felt about leaving home and his growing awareness that such choices will allow him to achieve at a level he’s scarcely imagined. His labors lead eventually to a job at the St. Petersburg (Fla.) Times, and then to Harvard in 1992, when he receives a Nieman Fellowship that allows him to make up in reading and coursework some of what he’d missed by having left college early. Bragg won his Pulitzer in 1996 for his human interest stories, profiles of such figures as a courageous bodega owner, defying robbers, and of the 87-year-old Mississippi washerwoman who donated her life savings to a university. He realizes a long-cherished plan when he has enough money to buy a home for his mother. Says Bragg, “you do the best you can for the people . . . you love with all the strength in your body, once you finally figure out that they are who you are, and, in many ways, all there is.” Bragg, who now lives in Atlanta, has a strong voice and a sweeping style that, like his approach to newspaper writing, is rich, empathetic, and compelling. His memoir is a model of humility combined with pride in one’s accomplishments.


Let There Be Light

March 16, 2018

Kevin Sorbo (Hercules) and his real life family, wife Sam & two sons star along with Dione Warwick & Sean Hannity about this near death experience and the trials of their faith.


Star Wars – The Last Jedi

March 16, 2018


Luke Skywalker’s peaceful and solitary existence gets upended when he encounters Rey, a young woman who shows strong signs of the Force. Her desire to learn the ways of the Jedi forces Luke to make a decision that changes their lives forever. Meanwhile, Kylo Ren and General Hux lead the First Order in an all-out assault against Leia and the Resistance for supremacy of the galaxy.
Did you know: “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” is the fifth-biggest worldwide film opening since 2002 ($450,821,889).


Superyacht Calypso

March 4, 2018


Calypso charters for $275,000 per week and is 200 feet LOA.

Calypso Amels | From US$ 275,000 /wk

Motor yacht CALYPSO (Ex Solemar) was built by the Amels yard in Holland in 2003. She is a 61.5m luxury yacht which features meticulous design detailing, lovely exterior styling and huge interior spaces. Her side deck areas are also abundant with space, such as the expansive sun deck, where you can lounge in the sun and relax or enjoy al fresco dining.

NOTABLE FEATURES: ~ Great interior design ~ Gym ~ Spa pool ~ Cinema ~ Spacious decks area perfect for hosting parties and groups ~ Beauty salon ~ Alfresco dining area ~ Indoor formal dining table ~ Sun loungers ~ Wet bar ~ Sumptuous seating ~ Two-level lavish master suite ~ Swim platform ~ Water toys, diving & snorkeling equipment

In 2016/17, the yacht received an extensive refit throughout, she boasts a neutral décor, with a timeless ambiance and sophisticated finish.

CALYPSO’s beautiful interior conveys a contemporary feel with raised and fielded paneling in cherry wood. A lovely sumptuous ambiance flows through the entire yacht, with a widespread use of marble and colorful fabrics and furnishings. She also offers charter guest a new fully equipped gymnasium as well as a fantastic Spa Pool. On the main deck, the expansive salon offers a sumptuous lounge and adjacent private library. Separate and forward is the formal dining table, seating 12 guests in elegance.

Reading Lolita in Tehran

March 2, 2018



Azar Nafisi

We all have dreams—things we fantasize about doing and generally never get around to. This is the story of Azar Nafisi’s dream and of the nightmare that made it come true.

For two years before she left Iran in 1997, Nafisi gathered seven young women at her house every Thursday morning to read and discuss forbidden works of Western literature. They were all former students whom she had taught at university. Some came from conservative and religious families, others were progressive and secular; several had spent time in jail. They were shy and uncomfortable at first, unaccustomed to being asked to speak their minds, but soon they began to open up and to speak more freely, not only about the novels they were reading but also about themselves, their dreams and disappointments. Their stories intertwined with those they were reading—Pride and Prejudice, Washington Square, Daisy Miller and Lolita—their Lolita, as they imagined her in Tehran.

Nafisi’s account flashes back to the early days of the revolution, when she first started teaching at the University of Tehran amid the swirl of protests and demonstrations. In those frenetic days, the students took control of the university, expelled faculty members and purged the curriculum. When a radical Islamist in Nafisi’s class questioned her decision to teach The Great Gatsby, which he saw as an immoral work that preached falsehoods of “the Great Satan,” she decided to let him put Gatsby on trial and stood as the sole witness for the defense.

Azar Nafisi’s luminous tale offers a fascinating portrait of the Iran-Iraq war viewed from Tehran and gives us a rare glimpse, from the inside, of women’s lives in revolutionary Iran. It is a work of great passion and poetic beauty, written with a startlingly original voice.

A Million Miles in a Thousand Years

March 2, 2018


Donald Miller –

After writing a successful memoir, Donald Miller’s life stalled. During what should have been the height of his success, he found himself unwilling to get out of bed, avoiding responsibility, even questioning the meaning of life. But when two movie producers proposed turning his memoir into a movie, he found himself launched into a new story filled with risk, possibility, beauty, and meaning.

A Million Miles in a Thousand Years chronicles Miller’s rare opportunity to edit his life into a great story, to reinvent himself so nobody shrugs their shoulders when the credits roll. Through heart-wrenching honesty and hilarious self-inspection, Donald Miller takes readers through the life that emerges when it turns from boring reality into meaningful narrative.

Miller goes from sleeping all day to riding his bike across America, from living in romantic daydreams to fearful encounters with love, from wasting his money to founding a nonprofit with a passionate cause. Guided by a host of outlandish but very real characters, Miller shows us how to get a second chance at life the first time around. A Million Miles in a Thousand Years is a rare celebration of the beauty of life.

Sold – Patricia McCormick

March 2, 2018


Lakshmi is a thirteen-year-old girl who lives with her family in a small hut on a mountain in Nepal. Though she is desperately poor, her life is full of simple pleasures, like playing hopscotch with her best friend from school, and having her mother brush her hair by the light of an oil lamp. But when the harsh Himalayan monsoons wash away all that remains of the family’s crops, Lakshmi’s stepfather says she must leave home and take a job to support her family. He introduces her to a glamorous stranger who tells her she will find her a job as a maid in the city. Glad to be able to help, Lakshmi journeys to India and arrives at “Happiness House” full of hope. But she soon learns the unthinkable truth: she has been sold into prostitution.

Caribbean Cruise Ship

March 2, 2018


Superyacht Lady Kathryn V

February 23, 2018


Leo Vecellio – Yacht – Yacht Name: Lady Kathryn – Yacht Length: 62 m (203 ft) -Guests: 12 in 6 cabins – Crew: 15 in 7 cabins – Yacht Value: US$ 60 million -Owners Name: Leo Vecellio – Leo Vecellio Net Worth: US$ 400 million – Owners Company: Vecellio Group – Owners Country: USA – The Vecellio Group is one of America’s largest contractors.

Goodyear Blimp

February 23, 2018


This one is hangared in Pompano Beach, Florida is 246 feet long, travels up to 70 miles per hour and seats 12.

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