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Today’s Quote:

Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value.

– Albert Einstein

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Rest In Pieces, A Father Dowling Mystery by Ralph McInery

Rest in Pieces  is set in the little town of Fox River, IL with a plot that centers on Latin-American politics, liberation theology, terrorism and cocaine.  It begins when a visitor  (Paul Gallagher) who identifies himself as an old acquaintance of Father Dowling’s presses a gun in his ribs, then subsequently gets blown up in his car as he leaves.  The explosion causes Fr. Dowling himself to end up in hospital.  The plot further unfolds with more dramatic events involving violent deaths of people who have recently be in contact with Fr. Dowling as well as another great explosion. The mysteries continue: when a second Paul Gallagher is introduced in the story; when a 17-year-old, exiled Central American named, Guillermo Modesto turns up missing; and when the contents of  a mysterious package that is stored in freezer is revealed.  Despite all the efforts of local police detective , Phil Keegan and a FBI agent, it is Fr. Dowling who does real detective work, unraveling the mysteries and identifing the murderer.

Throughout the story we are provided with glimpses of Fr. Dowling’s inter-self, like  in the passages where he wonders about the apparent inconsequence of so many lives and tells himself that, without religious faith, he would find life intolerable, certainly unintelligible. Not that faith cast a blinding eye on events, but it shored up the obscurity with the conviction that, despite appearances, in the long run, from God’s point of view, it all makes sense.  Truly an exciting and delightful read.

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Ars longa, vita brevis 

The full text is often rendered in English as:

“Life is short, art long, opportunity fleeting, experiment treacherous, judgment difficult.”

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Today’s Quote:

There is nothing so powerful as truth, and often nothing so strange.

-Daniel Webster

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♦ The Bodies Left Behind by Jeffery Deaver

I recently completed reading Jeffery Deavers novel, The Bodies Left Behind.  This book is an excellent suspense, page-turning novel with more twists and turns then the biggest roller coaster at Ceder Point.  The story begins when a night-time call to 911 from a secluded Wisconsin vacation house is cut short, offduty deputy Brynn McKenzie leaves her husband and son at the dinner table and drives up to Lake Mondac to investigate… Was it a misdial or an aborted crime report?

Brynn stumbles onto a scene of true horror and narrowly escapes from two professional criminals. She and a terrified visitor to the weekend house, Michelle, flee into the woods in a race for their lives. As different as night and day, and stripped of modern-day resources, Brynn, a tough deputy with a difficult past, and Michelle, a pampered city girl, must overcome their natural reluctance to trust each other and learn to use their wits and courage to survive the relentless pursuit. The deputy’s disappearance spurs both her troubled son and her new husband into action, while the incident sets in motion Brynn’s loyal fellow deputies as well as elements from Milwaukee’s underside.  These various forces race relentlessly to find Brynn and Michelle, with numerous, jaw-dropping scenes of excitement and tension which add to a heart-stopping, suspense- filled ending.

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Today’s Quotes:

1.  Any time you give a man something he doesn’t earn, you cheapen him. Our kids earn what they get, and that includes respect.

– Woody Hayes

 2.  There’s nothing that cleanses your soul like getting the hell kicked out of you.

– Woody Hayes

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Today’s Quotes:

1. Tomorrow is the most important thing in life. Comes into us at midnight very clean. It’s perfect when it arrives and it puts itself in our hands. It hopes we’ve learned something from yesterday.

– John Wayne

2. If everything isn’t black and white, I say, “Why the hell not?”

– John Wayne

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