My Copy: 9781558745155 (image from amazon.com) I hadn't read this one before now, and am glad I picked it up. For the longest time, I thought A Child Called "It" was the only story told. It took me a few years to realize the story continued, and so did the struggle. While one might be … Continue reading The Lost Boy: A Foster Child’s Search for the Love of a Family, by Dave Pelzer
My Copy: 9781558743663 (image courtesy alibris.com) The first time I read this book, I spent most of those two hours curled up on my bed with my left hand over my mouth, eyes wide, with an occasional head-shake of disbelief while my right hand turned the pages. I didn't know much about the prevalence of … Continue reading A Child Called “It,” by Dave Pelzer
There's something about a family member's illness that just throws everything off track. I'm sure it's no better for the person who is sick, especially if they have no energy to do anything and cannot sleep. When phone calls sounded a little woozy on his end, I started showing up more and more. I Just … Continue reading Spent most of the week around the hospital for my dad, & wrangling with my own debt-planning…
I've had this question in the back of my mind since I became a Titanic nut around age 5. It's the mythology as much as the technology that keep me coming back to this piece of history. And the biggest question in my mind is, how did watertight technology develop and how was it tested? The Titanic's design always left me scratching my head.
My Copy: 9780946184712 (image from abebooks.com) If I recall correctly, my mother bought this for me back when I was a young shipwreck nut and wanted to learn everything I could about the Titanic disaster. She figured a sister was just as good, and yes--it was. I've read it a few times now, and have … Continue reading HMHS Britannic: The Last Titan, by Simon Mills
My Copy: 9780760720004 (image courtesy of abebooks.com) For those who love this book, you will HATE this review. I can't help that. I've had this book on my shelves since about 2001, and I've tried to read it several times before this week, but then I'd be interrupted, have to read something else for class, … Continue reading Little Women, by Louisa May Alcott
I don't know why, exactly, but I've noticed a significant drain on myself lately that's just getting worse. And as I put in my rather vague symptoms (forget horror novels--WebMD's the scariest damned thing you can look at), I can see some obvious sense. The difficulty is in doing it. How the hell do you … Continue reading Getting motivated to exercise when you’re so freaking tired…
I was supposed to work yesterday, but ended up getting called off. So, in a state of tiredness and profound boredom, I decided to leave the house and hang out at Denny's with a book and my writing stuff. I felt like I'd rather die than sit there and tune out the living room TV … Continue reading A pseudo-Liberal and a Conservative walk into a diner. (Sigh) Political discussion ensues…
January 1st, 2016--I spent the morning and afternoon in Starbucks, looking at everybody who came in the door to see who had a handgun holster. That day, the open-carry law in Texas was in effect, and out of curiosity, I left the house to see it (and work on some research project of mine in … Continue reading #030–Why would anyone who is NOT a peace officer want to “open carry” a firearm?
My Copy: 092567100750 (image from goodreads.com) I would consider this a useful basic guide, full of the good photos that LIFE magazine's been known for. Anybody who wants the very-condensed "for dummies" version of how the three major religions got their start and how they're all mixed together in the holy lands should at least … Continue reading Holy Lands: One Place Three Faiths, by the editors of LIFE