Happy holidays! I wish all of you a wonderful holiday season, filled with happiness and excitement. Hope that it ushers in a great new year. I am taking a break for a few days to spend time with my family. I will be back next week with new reviews, and of course, with the usual “Best of 2011” post. Meanwhile, I would like to hear from you if there are any specific topics or reviews you would like me to cover in the new year. Painting by Russian artist Boris Kustodiev, “Snow Covered City,” 1917.