Taking Flight: Holocaust Museum Houston Remembers the 1.5 Million Children Who Perished in the Holocaust, by the HMH

My copy: 9780977398846 As of this post, this book is not widely available beyond the Holocaust Museum Houston and it's affiliates. However, it's worth looking when you get the chance because of the sheer numbers of butterflies created for The Butterfly Project and the inability for many to see them outside of a museum visit. … Continue reading Taking Flight: Holocaust Museum Houston Remembers the 1.5 Million Children Who Perished in the Holocaust, by the HMH

First day back in the gym & now I’m all mellow & sleepy…mmm…

Yeah, that's probably the face I had in the middle of my workout, right up top there. That's something I forgot about when it comes to getting good exercise in the morning. I woke up and got ready for my day, packing my work clothes in my gym bag and out the door. Lately, when I'd done workouts at the gym, I'd been on the recumbent bike for half an hour.

#020–Does anybody actually use Miracle Whip as a “salad dressing” on actual “salad?”

And by salad I mean a bowl/plate full of spinach or lettuce with other assorted crunchy veggies and a trillion other possibilities. I can't help it. Ever since I saw that little red printing on the label, under the huge letters proudly proclaiming MIRACLE WHIP, well, I've wondered...why the hell isn't it a "sandwich spread" instead … Continue reading #020–Does anybody actually use Miracle Whip as a “salad dressing” on actual “salad?”

Self-Defense & Fitness for Dummies (or maybe it’s just me…)

In the past few months that I've had The Chatty Introvert site (and thanks for your attention so far, dear readers), one issue I've been able to partly avoid is my very personal fight with my weight and health. Granted, because of some cyberstalking and other circumstances, I have avoided most personal stories (unless I … Continue reading Self-Defense & Fitness for Dummies (or maybe it’s just me…)

#019–What would it take to go from our current hodgepodge of public & private “healthcare” to universal healthcare in the U.S.?

Because healthcare is hard. More specifically, paying for the sonofabitch is what's so hard. We don't have the economy we used to have, and the insurance system we used to have, and the system in place that made it work because the jobs are gone that fed the beast well. And I don't mean the damned Obamacare/ACA thing everybody wants to bitch about.

The Devil’s Arithmetic, by Jane Yolen

My Copy: 9780142401095 I admit, I might not have been in the right place when I first read this book, which colored my initial review of it. But the second time around, it got to me a little more than I expected, and I could enjoy it. The Devil's Arithmetic has an interesting presentation and … Continue reading The Devil’s Arithmetic, by Jane Yolen

Vietnam and the United States: Origins and Legacy of War, by G. R. Hess

My Copy: 9780805716764 (revised edition) I picked this book up because it was required reading for my Vietnam war and film class a few years ago, but never got a chance to read it in its entirety until now. And for such a slim volume, it is packed with lots of great information for people, … Continue reading Vietnam and the United States: Origins and Legacy of War, by G. R. Hess

(Partly) thanks to the media, I don’t really wanna go home tonight…

I'm in my favorite coffee shop, drinking coffee way too late in the day, but determined to get some serious thinking down before going home...or at least, wait until the place closes and I have no choice but to go home. With everything that goes wrong and is spread across the media, discussing it with my dad is the last thing I want to do.