John Lennon in NYC
July 27, 2014 – 5:16 pm | No Comment

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The Lion of Lucerne
June 22, 2014 – 11:32 am | No Comment
The Lion of Lucerne - Photo by Matt Herbert

The Lion of Lucerne – Photo by Matt Herbert

Mirrored in the pond that stretches below him, the Lion of Lucerne catches the imagination of those who trek to see him amid the other tourist sites in Switzerland.

Mark Twain’s A Tramp Abroad is often quoted when referring to the lion. “…that indescribable something which makes the Lion of Lucerne the most mournful and moving piece of stone in the world…”but as there are in tourist towns, souvenirs of the lion do him disservice, Twain said.

“The commerce of Lucerne consists mainly in gimcrackery of the souvenir sort; the shops are packed with Alpine crystals, photographs of scenery, and wooden and ivory carvings. I will not conceal the fact that miniature figures of the Lion of Lucerne are to be had in them. Millions of them. But they are libels upon him, every one of them. There is a subtle something about the majestic pathos of the original which the copyist cannot get.”

The Lion commemorates the Swiss mercenaries who lost their lives at the Tulleries Palace in Paris in 1792, during the French Revolution. The inscription above the Lion reads “Helvetiorum fedei ac Virtuti” meaning “To the loyalty and bravery of the Swiss.”

The sculpture was carved into the limestone cliff face in 1820 and 1821 by Lucas Ahorn. It was designed by Danish sculptor Bertel Thorvaldsen.

The Lion of Lucerne, in the cliff. Photo by Matt Herbert

The Lion of Lucerne, in the cliff. Photo by Matt Herbert

While studying abroad in London, United States student Matt Herbert traveled to Switzerland and visited the lion’s lair. “After a bit of wandering, I came upon it. If I hadn’t seen the other tourists gathered in front of it, I would have walked right past. The site is sort of hidden in a lush little Eden that is shaded by large overhanging trees,” he said.

“The lion itself is engraved into a rock wall behind a giant clear pool that glitters with coins. It’s a serene sight in an idyllic little Swiss city. The sculpture itself is impressive and even though you’re observing it from a distance, you can tell how massive and detailed it is.”

After hiking through the woods all day, Herbert said, “and the fact that it was a lion, I couldn’t help but be reminded of Aslan from The Chronicles of Narnia.”

Find more information on the Lion of Lucerne here.

 

Holiday Gift Ideas 2013
December 8, 2013 – 2:45 pm | No Comment
Holiday Gift Ideas 2013

It’s time for our annual list of holiday gift ideas for the readers in your life! Enjoy!
Author Dolls 
 
This Etsy shop offers over 180 different author dolls! They’re darling and affordable. Get James Joyce, Gene …

Allison Lynn: Will the Squirrels Help?
September 13, 2013 – 8:32 am | No Comment
Allison Lynn: Will the Squirrels Help?

Road Trips for Readers asked some of the writers attending the 2013 South Dakota Festival of Books where they like to write.
I’m a creature of habit, so my favorite place to write is at my own desk …

Michael Dahlie: Dark Basements
September 9, 2013 – 7:43 pm | No Comment
Michael Dahlie: Dark Basements

Road Trips for Readers asked some of the writers attending the 2013 South Dakota Festival of Books where they like to write.
Where do you like to write, Michael Dahlie?
My favorite place to write is any dark basement.
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Danielle Sosin: Writing in a Rarified World
September 9, 2013 – 7:36 pm | No Comment
Danielle Sosin: Writing in a Rarified World

Road Trips for Readers asked some of the writers attending the 2013 South Dakota Festival of Books where they like to write.
My favorite place to write is in the rarified world of an art colony. It is …

Peter Heller: Unlimited Caffeine
September 8, 2013 – 7:03 pm | No Comment
Peter Heller: Unlimited Caffeine

Road Trips for Readers asked some of the writers attending the 2013 South Dakota Festival of Books where they like to write.
I write in my neighborhood coffee shop, in Denver.  I like the hubbub, the noise, etc.  …

Andrew Nikiforuk: Writing in a Dark Corner
September 8, 2013 – 6:55 pm | No Comment
Andrew Nikiforuk: Writing in a Dark Corner

Road Trips for Readers asked some of the writers attending the 2013 South Dakota Festival of Books where they like to write.
Where do you like to write?
My favorite place is the dark corner of a room away …

Brian Fagan: In the Company of Congenial People
September 8, 2013 – 11:06 am | No Comment
Brian Fagan: In the Company of Congenial People

Road Trips for Readers asked some of the writers attending the 2013 South Dakota Festival of Books where they like to write.
Where do you like to write?
Any place where I’m in the company of congenial people with …

B.A. Shapiro: Overlooking Boston
September 8, 2013 – 10:56 am | No Comment
B.A. Shapiro: Overlooking Boston

Road Trips for Readers asked some of the writers attending the 2013 South Dakota Festival of Books where they like to write.
Where do you like to write?
My favorite place to write is in my tiny study at …

Mary Cassanova: Being Near Nature
September 8, 2013 – 10:44 am | No Comment
Mary Cassanova: Being Near Nature

Road Trips for Readers asked some of the writers attending the 2013 South Dakota Festival of Books where they like to write.
My favorite place to write? Two favorites! I love to write from the yellow Adirondack chair …

Cast of “Longmire” Series to Attend Longmire Days in Buffalo, Wyoming
July 31, 2013 – 6:31 pm | No Comment
Cast of “Longmire” Series to Attend Longmire Days in Buffalo, Wyoming

BUFFALO, W.Y. — A&E’s No. 1 original hit drama series “Longmire” has launched into its second season with more than 4.3 million viewers, the series is one of A&E’s most successful shows to debut. …

Nancy Horan: Soaking In the Atmosphere at Taliesin
October 1, 2012 – 1:07 pm | One Comment
Nancy Horan: Soaking In the Atmosphere at Taliesin

Ms. Horan , do you write on location or on your desk at home?
Yes, I definitely write when I visit the location of a scene from the book I’m working on. In the case …

Wendy McClure: Writing to Defeat the Fear
September 30, 2012 – 9:54 am | No Comment
Wendy McClure: Writing to Defeat the Fear

Where do you write, Wendy?In my office at home, though sometimes I like to take my laptop out to my back porch. I have also written in hotel rooms and I plan on spending …

Age of Chivalry Renaissance Festival in Las Vegas: A Real Time Travel Experience
September 8, 2012 – 10:11 am | No Comment
Age of Chivalry Renaissance Festival in Las Vegas: A Real Time Travel Experience

Guest Post by Mark Steve
If you want to spend some moments in the scenario of 500 years ago, then there can be no better medium than a renaissance festival. The “Age of Chivalry Renaissance …

Sioux City, Iowa: Introduce Your Kids to Da Vinci
August 29, 2012 – 8:53 pm | No Comment
Sioux City, Iowa: Introduce Your Kids to Da Vinci

By Jennifer Noble
Guest Post
 I went on a recent exploration of the Sioux City Art Center  in Sioux City, Iowa, and had a blast!  I knew there was a Da Vinci exhibit on the way, …

Fish On Kids Books by K. J. Houtman
August 27, 2012 – 5:58 pm | No Comment
Fish On Kids Books by K. J. Houtman

Intended to educate and motivate the five book Fish on Kids book series gets kids inspired to put down the smart phone and pick up the fishing rod.
With a career in the American Sportsfishing …

Five Cities with Book Tours
March 11, 2012 – 4:28 pm | No Comment
Five Cities with Book Tours

Everyone loves a book where the setting is as important as the characters. The Help wouldn’t have been the same if it weren’t in Jackson, Mississippi. The Firm just had to be in Memphis …

Gift Ideas for Readers Who Love Romances
February 11, 2012 – 4:07 pm | No Comment
Gift Ideas for Readers Who Love Romances

Have a friend who is always glued to the latest romance novels? Here’s a list of gift ideas for her for Valentine’s Day!
Personalized Romances – choose from a large list of romantic books, and …

Bookthingys – Necessity for Travelers That Read
January 22, 2012 – 5:53 pm | No Comment
Bookthingys – Necessity for Travelers That Read

Sometimes a dust jacket on a new book just gets in the way – especially if you’re traveling. Sharon Kom of Bookthingys.com came up with the perfect solution for travelers – a book cover …

Presidents Day Trip to Roosevelt’s Birthplace
January 10, 2012 – 9:32 pm | No Comment
Presidents Day Trip to Roosevelt’s Birthplace

Re-enactor Joe Wiegand greets the visitors at Roosevelt’s 150th birthday celebration.

Naturalist, rancher, explorer and of course president, Theodore Roosevelt, easily makes the list of the United States’ most loved presidents.

Historical fiction about the president …

Gift Ideas for Readers Who Love History Books
November 28, 2011 – 12:23 pm | No Comment
Gift Ideas for Readers Who Love History Books

Does your significant other have every book ever written on Abraham Lincoln? Do you have a painting of George Washington in your dining room? Is following the footsteps of Lewis and Clark at the top …

Guest Post: AnyBook: Reader on the Road
November 20, 2011 – 9:34 am | No Comment
Guest Post: AnyBook: Reader on the Road

Guest Post: AnyBook
Reader on the Road
Maintaining daily reading habits with your children can get a bit tricky on a family road trip. For families with earlier readers (like ours), options for reading while driving including …

Betsy-Tacy Houses Enchant Even Grown Up Girls: Guest Post
September 24, 2011 – 10:46 am | One Comment
Betsy-Tacy Houses Enchant Even Grown Up Girls: Guest Post

By Jennifer Bertram
Maybe it was the relatively limited selection in my small hometown’s public library, my voracious reading appetite, or a connection I felt to the heroine, but I was arguably the biggest fan …

C.J. Box: Location Predator
June 14, 2011 – 7:20 pm | No Comment
C.J. Box: Location Predator

I’m a location predator, and I find out I’m on the prowl even when I don’t want to be on the prowl or don’t even know it — always observing and banking locations that …

Pat Dennis: Writing in a Moving Cocoon
June 12, 2011 – 10:13 am | No Comment
Pat Dennis: Writing in a Moving Cocoon

One of my favorites places to write moves slowly, jiggles a bit too much, and occasionally stalls. Perhaps I love it because the same attributes can be attributed to me in my senior years. …

Guest Post: A Wilder Traveler by Sarah S. Uthoff
June 9, 2011 – 9:18 pm | No Comment
Guest Post: A Wilder Traveler by Sarah S. Uthoff

It was a casual conversation that changed my life. Right after I was born my mother spoke with someone at work who told her since she had a little girl, she needed to get …