I have shared this before on other sites, but thought I would share again. If you need a brain break from the holiday hoopla or just want to dust out the mental cobwebs, you have to start reading mentalfloss.com and anything they have written, for years I have been a huge fan. Funny folks that hail from VA so they are almost homeboys. . .and the crew they have assembled as contributors are hilarious, and brilliant! MUST read! http://www.mentalfloss.com
ALSO. . .if you have some spare time, pick up anything by Sarah Vowell, particularly The Partly Cloudy Patriot. . .smart, with a sharp wit she is a fun read not to mention, if you have heard her voice on NPR or as Violet, on the animated movie The Incredibles. . .you will hear her squeaky, Lisa Simpson-like voice in the back of your head as you read to yourself.