The Dooley Mansion

Recently I visited the Dooley Mansion, located in Maymont Park in Richmond. The 33-room house, an outstanding example of the Gilded Age, was completed in 1893. It was the home of wealthy Richmonders James and Sallie Dooley, who made their money in railroads, steel, real estate and banking. … More The Dooley Mansion

Turning to Mysteries: A Brilliant Death by Robin Yocum

In A Brilliant Death by Robin Yocum, high school buddies Travis Baron and Mitch Malone search for the truth about Travis’s mother Amanda. She supposedly died in a boating accident in 1953, but her body was never found and Travis’s father will not discuss her. This coming-of-age story gives a good portrayal of high-school life and explores the strength of friendships. … More Turning to Mysteries: A Brilliant Death by Robin Yocum

Turning to Mysteries: Even If It Kills Her by Kate White

Kate White, former editor of Cosmopolitan magazine, gave an inspirational talk recently in Richmond, sharing such nuggets as “don’t believe everything you think,” “own your excellence,” “don’t lose fabulous opportunities,” “you don’t have to be 100% right,” and “ask for what you want.” Energetic and personable, White gave examples from her own work experience to illustrate her … More Turning to Mysteries: Even If It Kills Her by Kate White

Turning to Mysteries: The Word is Murder by Anthony Horowitz

British writer Anthony Horowitz cleverly combines fact and fiction as Horowitz becomes a character in his own mystery,The Word is Murder. Former detective Daniel Hawthorne, who is investigating the death of a woman who planned her own funeral and then was murdered six hours later, hires Horowitz to assist him and to write Hawthorne’s memoir. … More Turning to Mysteries: The Word is Murder by Anthony Horowitz

Should You Buy Gold?

When the stock market gets jittery, as it has during 2018, investors’ thoughts often turn to gold. Gold is seen as a safe haven during geopolitical and financial instability. It is also considered a hedge against inflation, a hedge against a declining dollar, and a good source of portfolio diversification. The benefit of owning gold … More Should You Buy Gold?