Smart Birds Make Vitamins, Sculpt Tools

Smart birds are continuing to surprise both bird-watchers and animal psychologists. The smartest birds are thought to be as intelligent as the smartest of animals, including dolphins, whales, great apes and probably some people as well. And they don’t have … Continue reading

Snoring Cures – Menu of Options & Strategy

Snoring Cures! Do you sound like a freight train at night? Snoring cures are the topic of this blog, following last week’s installment on Snoring Science. Be sure to read that blog for the danger signals that should cause you … Continue reading

Hemingway Champagne & A New Year Toast

Hemingway Champagne is a cocktail that toasts you right back. It says, “Happy New Year! And by the way, you’re witty, sophisticated and good-looking!” This blog traces the history of Hemingway Champagne and reveals a particularly wonderful recipe for it, … Continue reading

Christmas Decorations, Faith & Paganism

Christmas decorations bring light and joy to the winter season. They are intertwined with both faith and custom, and have their origins long before Christianity. Seasonal Festivals Festivals or celebrations have been observed throughout human history. They often center upon … Continue reading

Kirkus Best Books: Death By Arbitrage

Kirkus Best Books is published each December by Kirkus Reviews, honoring the best books published that year. I’m marking this occasion by offering an e-book bargain, so read on! The Kirkus Best Books are selected from the 8,000 to 10,000 … Continue reading

Meat Cancer Prevention: Defeat Evil Spirits!

Meat cancer prevention is at the top of our menu today. This is a follow-up to last week’s post (Bacon Cancer) which discussed the cancer hazards of eating meat. This blog is focused specifically on how we can minimize our … Continue reading

Fava Stew – Recipe, Photo Essay & Memories

Fava stew is a flavorful way to enjoy the fava bean, a tasty but lesser-known inhabitant of the produce aisle. More commonly known as broad beans outside the U.S., favas have been a staple of the human diet for at … Continue reading

Bank of Books, Arbitrage and Broad-ing in LA

This is a quick report on my book-signing trip to Malibu’s Bank of Books, plus a bit of cultural “Art” I squeezed into my weekend. Signing “Arbitrage” At Bank of Books Bank of Books bookstore is Malibu’s local book source. Its … Continue reading

Giraffe Sounds: The Big Guy Speaks Up

Last month a research article about giraffe sounds caught my attention, and you may have seen reports of it as well. It reveals something never before known about one of nature’s most beloved wild animals. Science Fact. Two cognitive biologists from the University of … Continue reading

3X News: Death By Arbitrage (Evan Olsson #3)

Big news – actually, triple news – about Death By Arbitrage or Live Low Die High, the third novel in the Evan Olsson mystery series. This novel, authored by Art Chester and Urno Barthel, resolves some though not all of … Continue reading

WordPress Review – Do You Need a Website?

  This WordPress review summarizes my recent experience with WordPress, a powerful and user-friendly website-buildingprogram. It tells why you might want to create a personal website. Then it gives a brief introduction to WordPress. Finally, a WordPress review weighs its … Continue reading

VW Cheat: “Dieselgate” Roils Auto World

How could a respected and successful company like VW cheat eleven million of its loyal customers? “Dieselgate” is one name being given to the scandal that is shaming Volkswagen, the world’s highest-revenue vehicle manufacturer. This blog summarizes the facts, then … Continue reading

New Website & New Vacation Discount

Announcing: a new website, and a new discount on Maui vacations. New Website: Maui114.net A new website presents Art and Nola’s vacation rental condo in full splendor, thanks to a great web design by Mike Bell. Our old website maui114.com … Continue reading

Snorkel Basics – Safety, Breathing & Vision

This blog about snorkel basics covers what to wear when snorkeling; water safety; and commonly encountered issues with breathing and vision. This short course in snorkel basics will ensure that your snorkel adventure is both safe and enjoyable. This is … Continue reading