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Top 50 Books to Read Next List

This is my reading list. What I’ve read, what I’m reading, what I’m going to read next. As an English major, I feel that it my sworn duty to at least attempt to be well read. My goal is to read interesting, entertaining, meaningful books by gifted authors and expand my mind. Continue reading

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Sonoran Desert Snyder Family Letter | 2022

ShareTweet Dear Family and Friends: Rose’s text read, “Triple venti nonfat latte one Splenda.” So when I drove up to the speaker ordering box window at Starbucks, I read the text, then swung around the corner to the window to … Continue reading

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My Favorite Books of 2021

ShareTweet My Favorite Books of 2021 Fiction 10. Beloved, by Toni Morrison A Pulitzer Prize winning novel that tells the story of a family of former slaves in the aftermath of their enslavement. Writers and critics ranked the novel as … Continue reading

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Sonoran Desert Snyder Family Letter | 21

When we arrived in Manhattan Beach, we hurried to the pier and the ocean. Might have been the best moment of the year. We were so excited to be there. We rented bikes and cycled up the Strand. Beautiful views. Rose got bogged down in sand and crashed. She tipped over, slow motion style. Fortunately she fell in six inches of sand. No injuries were sustained. Continue reading

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My Review | Van Gogh: The Life

I wrote a review of “Van Gogh: The Life” several years back, after attending a presentation by the Pulitzer Prize-winning authors Steven Naifeh and Gregory White Smith at the Denver Art Museum. Well, people on Goodreads started ‘liking’ my review. It started with someone from Slovakia, and then a Van Gogh scholar and art historian from the Netherlands liked it. Today, 84 people from 24 countries have liked my Van Gogh book review on Goodreads. Continue reading

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Amazing stories from the age of exploration and discovery

This era of exploration and discovery fascinate and inspire me. These individuals were willing to lay it all out of the line. Names like Amundsen, Hughes, Ernest Shackleton, George Mallory, Wiley Post, Charles Lindbergh, Neil Armstrong, Amelia Earhart, Chuck Yeager, Edmund Hillary, and Henry Worsley. This timeline connects these amazing stories of courage from an exciting period in world history. Continue reading

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Eric Heiden 25: An exclusive interview

In February of 2005, I produced a three-part series of stories celebrating Eric Heiden’s five individual gold medals in 1980 for the U.S. Olympic Team website that I managed for the U.S. Olympic Committee. With this story I interviewed Eric on the 25th Anniversary of his monumental Lake Placid Olympic Winter Games. Continue reading

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