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  • Review: I have all the time in the world to listen to books

    Posted by Nathasha Helton on April 16, 2015

    This is a line from "A Walk in the Woods."

    I spend about two-and-a-half hours a day in my car, so I have little time to read. I have all the time in the world to listen, though.

    I've been devouring books on CD. My choices have all been nonfiction, because I want to learn something. And I have learned a ton. The vastness of the universe almost caused me to have a panic attack thanks to physicist Stephen Hawking and his book "A Brief History of Time." I can't say I understood all or even most of the concepts presented, but it gave me an appreciation of how very intelligent you have to be in order to become a physicist.

    Bill Bryson's "A Short History of Nearly Everything" skimmed over many of the same subjects but in easier to understand words and a more witty tone. Bryson has been the great find in all of the books I've listened to in the past half year. He is witty, observant and self-deprecating. "A Walk in the Woods" is worth buying. Bryson tells of his escapades on the Appalachian Trail, accompanied for much of the trip by his old friend, Stephen Katz. There were moments in the book when I was forced to sit in my driveway just to make sure things turned out all right. They inevitably did, even if the journey to all right was spotted with terrible people and heart squeezing drama.


  • Book review: Coast Katrina fiction in 'Aftermath Lounge' reflects real life, real people

    Posted by JOHN BIALAS on April 15, 2015

    Margaret McMullan will be at Pass Christian Books on April 24 for a signing and reading for "Aftermath Lounge," her collection of Katrina short stories, and for "Every Father's Daughter: Twenty-four Women Writers Remember Their Fathers." McMullan is a contributor to "Every Father's Daughter" and is the editor of the anthology. The bookstore is at 300 East Scenic Drive in Pass Christian.

    The work of Katrina fiction I have always wanted to read has arrived.


  • A Golden anniversary in Biloxi

    Posted by JOHN BIALAS on February 28, 2015

    Golden anniversaries are for 50 years of marriage.


  • An opinion on how to raise $1M needed to finish Biloxi ballpark on time

    Posted by JOHN BIALAS on February 26, 2015

    OK, I know a Mississippi attorney general's opinion prevents selling the naming rights to the playing field at MGM Park in Biloxi. So in a satirical sports fantasy world, maybe selling sponsorships for all the ideas on this list would make the Shuckers' million dollar home opener happen in April:


  • John B's One-Man Krewe of Irreverence trivia quiz

    Posted by JOHN BIALAS on February 13, 2015

    This is one of the Mardi Gras T-shirts available at Wal-Mart.

    The last Mardi Gras parade I attended was in 1986 in New Orleans, and the last Biloxi parade I attended was in 1976, so this may be more of a test for me than for you.


  • This is for my brother Mike and all Biloxi Notre Dame and Mercy Cross alumni

    Posted by JOHN BIALAS on February 4, 2015

    This used to be the Notre Dame and Mercy Cross gym. It's now a city of Biloxi recreation center. Notre Dame, an all-boys school just south of Back Bay, and Sacred Heart, an all-girls school downtown, merged in 1982 to become Mercy Cross. St. John of Gulfport merged with Mercy Cross in 2007 to become St. Patrick, which is near Tradition.

    On my day off Monday, I took a late-afternoon drive from Gulfport to visit the old Notre Dame-Mercy Cross High School campus in Biloxi for the first time since 1990.


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