A Little Escapism for the Good of the Morale…

  Sometimes, when life is stark, the only thing for me is one of Shakespeare’s plays: I suppose it is those 'universal themes' that bring things back into perspective. But sometimes, conversely, I feel like reading some escapist nonsense.  Intentional comedy or often, ridiculous melodramatic stories which can make for wonderful unintentional comedic scenes, and … Continue reading A Little Escapism for the Good of the Morale…

The song from ‘The Blackwood Crusade’ by Jo Danilo

This morning I woke up from a dream I could not remember, save that part of it was the haunting poem from Jo Danilo's 'The Blackwood Crusade'. It is a very touching poem.  Here is is in full. ‘Tis just the beginning of you and me As we wander by the stream. You on one … Continue reading The song from ‘The Blackwood Crusade’ by Jo Danilo

Blackwood by Jo Danilo: A Darkly Humorous Fairy Tale for All Ages

I found this a real page turner; it may be officially YA, for twelve or over – but it is not a book with an appeal restricted to a particular age group, It is laugh-out-loud funny, intriguing and sad in turns. At the climatic scene, where the protagonist Silas is briefly given his own particular … Continue reading Blackwood by Jo Danilo: A Darkly Humorous Fairy Tale for All Ages