San Antonio Adventure Guide: Budget-Friendly Family Vacation Destination
by Danny Taylor and Patricia Taylor
If you want to find the perfect vacation destination for your family that is within your budget, then keep reading…
The past collides with the present when you travel to San Antonio, the fastest-growing city in Texas. Open the doors and enter the city of the Riverwalk, historic missions, antebellum homes, art galleries, and museums. Then, spend some time enjoying Texas’ favorite water recreation and other outdoor adventures.
Practical Agitation for the 21st Century:
by John Jay Chapman and John A. Boulanger
This new edition includes Chapman’s writing on the subject of civil rights, very much ahead of its time:
The two races in America are spiritually in contact and can only improve in unison. Therefore, when an association of this kind is formed for “the advancement of the colored race” – [the NAACP was created in 1909] – it might just as well be called “for the advancement of the white race”. I suppose that you all understand this.
This sentiment would be expressed in 2020 as “All lives cannot matter until Black lives matter.”
Chapman in 1900: “The illusion that it is wise or necessary to suppress our instinctive love of truth comes from an imperfect understanding of what that instinctive love of truth represents, and of what damage happens both to ourselves and to others when we suppress it. The more closely we look at the facts, the more serious does this damage appear …The more closely we look at the facts, the more trifling, inconsequent, and absurd do all those reasons appear which strive to make us accept, and thereby sanctify and preserve, some portion of the conceded evil in the world.”
Co-author John Boulanger in 2021: “John Jay Chapman published Practical Agitation at the dawn of the 20th century, but his analyses and criticisms of the political machinery of his day, as well as his encouragement and advice to those seeking to reform it, may sound familiar to those who lament the current state of politics. Replace his references to Tammany Hall with discussions of super PACs and you could pass the book off as newly written.”
Clifton Webb: A One-Person Play in Two Acts
by Michael B. Druxman
Clifton Webb was one of those rare motion picture actors who became a major box-office star when he was in his mid-50s. Indeed, his first sound movie was Laura (1944), and his role as Waldo Lydecker in that classic film noir earned him the first of three Oscar nominations. This audiobook has been reviewed by AudioFile Magazine. “Boulanger’s portrayal of Webb is subtle, while his depiction of snobbish Maybelle, Webb’s mother, is forceful as she dominates his life.”
Thais of Athens
by Ivan Yefremov; translated by Maria K.
The beautiful hetaera Thais was a real woman who inspired poets, artists, and sculptors in Athens, Memphis, Alexandria, Babylon, and Ecbatana. She traveled with Alexander the Great’s army during his Persian campaign and was the only woman to enter the capital of Persia – Persepolis.
Love, beauty, philosophy, war, religion – all that and more in a historic masterpiece by Ivan Yefremov.
by Maria K.
New Orleans, Louisiana, 1854. One slave woman takes a stand to free her family from servitude. When heaven offers no comfort, she turns to a different kind of authority.
Here’s what the author, Maria K., said about my narration of her story:
“If you are a writer, and you know your work is generally quite good but you are having a crisis of confidence, have John Boulanger read your work. His pace is flawless, delivery – impeccable, tone – sophisticated and intelligent, handling of dialog and multiple characters – absolutely amazing. He will make your story sound so good you’ll barely believe you wrote it.”
Nature and Culture in the Early Modern Atlantic (The Early Modern Americas)
by Peter C. Mancall
In Nature and Culture in the Early Modern Atlantic, historian Peter C. Mancall reveals how Europeans and Native Americans thought about a natural world undergoing rapid change in the century following the historic voyages of Christopher Columbus. Through innovative use of oral history and folklore maintained for centuries by Native Americans as well as original use of spectacular manuscript atlases, paintings that depict on-the-spot European representations of nature, and texts that circulated imperfectly across the ocean, he reveals how the encounter between the old world and the new changed the fate of millions of individuals.
A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens
In the week leading up to Christmas 2020, I recorded one chapter–or stave, as Dickens, called them–of this classic each day.
Now as then, I offer it as my Christmas gift to you.