“Painting Joy: The Art and Life of Fernando Llort” by Teddi Ahrens

Rich culture, sorrowful history, and renewed faith in mankind are found in the life of the late artist Fernando Llort. The title of his bibliography by Teddi Ahrens is accurate, “Painting Joy” encompasses Llort’s life in San Salvador and La Palma (from 1949 to 2018) as he works through discovering himself as a person, as a citizen during bad times, as a family man, and as an artist. … More “Painting Joy: The Art and Life of Fernando Llort” by Teddi Ahrens

“Face Your Shit, Heal Yourself” by Meredith Ochoa

Face Your Shit, Heal Yourself Meredith OchoaANOTHER F*#%ING ARTIST (2022)ISBN: 979-8986735603Reviewed by Leigh Kimberly Zoby for Reader Views (12/2022) “Face Your Shit, Heal Yourself” is the creative work of Meredith Ochoa a.k.a  ANOTHER F*#%ING ARTIST. Ms. Ochoa developed her signature style in the art world incorporating a unique scanography process with augmented reality to bring … More “Face Your Shit, Heal Yourself” by Meredith Ochoa

“Ramayana Through Ikebana” by Meena Iyer and Simpan Sadana

“Ramayana Through Ikebana” is a book which celebrates the classic Indian tale The Ramayana with living floral arrangements artistically created in the style of Ikebana. The Japanese word Ikebana is defined as to give life to flowers. Authors Iyer and Sadana utilize ancient traditions of minimalism, spacing, and unique materials from nature and asymmetry, visually giving life to a story of love and a plight for victory over evil. Thirty-Four extraordinary arrangements systematically depict the key moments in this timeless tale, creating something both awe-inspiring and beautiful.  … More “Ramayana Through Ikebana” by Meena Iyer and Simpan Sadana

“It’s Who We Are: A Photographic Tapestry of Our Diverse Planet” by Anthony Timiraos

“It’s Who We Are: A Photographic Tapestry of Our Diverse Planet” is a natural and textured photo documentary by a master portraitist. Here, Anthony Timiraos takes readers on an epic odyssey of 30 destinations across the world, showcasing the diversity in people’s cultures, traditions, and customs through words and photos. And yet, these stories carry a unique message that despite our distinct differences, we are similar in many ways. … More “It’s Who We Are: A Photographic Tapestry of Our Diverse Planet” by Anthony Timiraos

“Aunt Tina, Church Secretary, Be Careful What You Say Because She Writes Things Down” by Lorrie Hewitt

“Aunt Tina, Church Secretary, Be Careful What You Say Because She Writes Things Down,” by Lorrie Hewitt, takes an intriguing look at a church secretary and how her life intertwines with others in her church. … More “Aunt Tina, Church Secretary, Be Careful What You Say Because She Writes Things Down” by Lorrie Hewitt

“Moments in Time” by Tom Locke

If you are a fan of the music from the 50s, 60s, 70s, or a music history buff in general, or even one of those people who store “useless” trivia information in their heads, you might want to pick up “Moments in Time” by Tom Locke. It’s like Paul Harvey’s radio segments “The Rest of the Story,” where he picked out random stories and told listeners other tidbits that most of us did not know. Tom Locke does this for music and “Moments in Time” is a combination of segments that he aired on “Treasure Island Oldies” over the last several years. … More “Moments in Time” by Tom Locke

“Screaming for Pleasure” by S.A. Bradley

“Horror is about emotion first” (p. 2). Horror movies tell a story while eliciting intense emotions such as shock, terror, fear, repulsion, and dread. Something about horror films and that “first kiss” with the emotions they elicit causes viewers to form lifelong opinions of the genre, either in favor of horror or in avoidance of it. With author S.A. Bradley, the movie Don’t Look Now (1973) sealed his fate of forever loving the horror genre.   … More “Screaming for Pleasure” by S.A. Bradley

“New York Groove” by Frank Mastropolo

If you have ever been interested in music, history, music history, rock, punk, or almost any other kind of music, you should check out “New York Groove.” It gives a historical look at several clubs, musicians, and songs of New York City. Some of these will be familiar to almost everyone, but there are also some little gems that have unfortunately disappeared. … More “New York Groove” by Frank Mastropolo

“When Life Gives You Risk Make Risk Theatre” by Edwin Wong

Wong goes into great detail to educate readers about risk theatre. Information presented on theatre and the scientific method particularly interested me. The in-depth discussions that follow are accessible to people who are at all levels of interest in theatre. As someone who is not an expert in this area, I found myself readily able to follow along. … More “When Life Gives You Risk Make Risk Theatre” by Edwin Wong

“Birdsong: A Musical Field Guide” by Alexander Liebermann

Alexander Liebermann’s “Birdsong: A Musical Field Guide” is a fascinating read because it is universal – it appeals to readers of all interests. When one sits back, clears the mind, and truly focuses on the rich and pure melody heard right outside your home from animals that are thought of as simple, it is mindboggling. … More “Birdsong: A Musical Field Guide” by Alexander Liebermann