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Palliative Care: The 400-Year Quest for a Good Death (Paperback)

Leia: After all these years I still hate to see you go. Han: Why do you think I do it? So you'll miss me. So sad that Han dies

The Secret Case of Sherlock Holmes at Encore Stage & Studio in Arlington, VA. February 28 – March 9, 2014 Join Detective Sherlock Holmes and his right-hand man Dr. Watson as they set out to solve their very first case in the 21st century. This clever, humorous mystery is one you won’t want to miss. Recommended for ages 4 and up.

There’s a mystery afoot in King Alfred’s kingdom. Join one soldier who is determined to uncover the mystery of the shoes and win his shot at a kingdom and a princess. Thomas Jefferson Community Theatre (125 S. Old Glebe Rd. Arlington, VA 22204) Tickets: $12 Adults; $10 Children, Students, Military, Seniors. www.encorestage.org | 703-548-1154

“The French, it seems to me, strike a happy balance between intimacy and reserve. Some of this must be helped by the language, which lends itself to graceful expression even when dealing with fairly basic subjects.... And there's that famously elegant subtitle from a classic Western. COWBOY: "Gimme a shot of red-eye." SUBTITLE: "Un Dubonnet, s'il vous plait." No wonder French was the language of diplomacy for all those years.” ― Peter Mayle, Encore Provence

There is a gorgeous simplicity to this book as readers live through one of Anna Wang's elementary school years. I love the depth that's there too, but not always foregrounded. There's deciding who to be friends with and why, letting oneself be needed and kind, dealing with disappointment, saying yes or no, accepting your parents' quirks, figuring out your own strengths and culture. A lot for kids to gently mull over for themselves in this one.