My Copy: 9780199267170 I paired these two poems in one post because they weren't that long and it took me a bit longer to make sure I got the gist of them. I was lost in the language again, though the stories are relatively straight-forward. It's how the subjects are treated that's so different. The poems … Continue reading “Venus and Adonis” & “The Rape of Lucrece,” from The Oxford Shakespeare: The Complete Works, by W. Shakespeare
I'm declaring Feb 21st - 22nd, 2018 as my rock bottom, and I'll be damned before I let myself get that far down again: emotionally, physically, and financially. The epiphany I had in mid January really came to a drastic crossroad this week, and I really have to put the pedal to the metal and … Continue reading This week on the trip to rock bottom…
I've bounced back and forth on this question, because I love to write--and have been trying to get my writing chops back. But I am fuzzy on how to become a good writer, and how to develop your portfolio so people take you seriously, and want you to write for them. What little I can … Continue reading #059–How do you develop the credentials needed to be considered freelance-writer material?
My Copy: 9781879505629 (image from bn.com) I've read about Walter Murch before, and just refreshed my memory of some of the things he talks about in this book by watching Apocalypse Now (and it's documentaries) again. In The Blink of An Eye is not an autobiography or technical guide, but very much a perspective on … Continue reading In the Blink of An Eye: A Perspective on Film Editing (2nd ed.), by Walter Murch
I made myself a promise for Valentines Day (which was forgotten due to certain, more important events). I promised that I'd stop looking at myself and just shrugging my shoulders, believing I'm incapable of changing anything about myself. Well, my promise was to take care of me without spending a fortune doing it. To get … Continue reading Testing tea on age, health in other ways: an experiment because I’m tired of staring at my prematurely gray hair.
My Copy: 9780199267170 Oh heavens, now we get to the finale of the contention between the houses of York and Lancaster in a very "once and for all" kind of way. The War of the Roses has met it's end with King Richard III--and how! There are so many moments I didn't know were from Richard … Continue reading “Richard III,” From The Oxford Shakespeare: The Complete Works, by W. Shakespeare
I guess we could call this Part 2 of my question about the value of life. And, not to be an arrogant ass, I feel like I've bumped into an invisible elephant in the room regarding our discussions about mass killings. I've had this weighing on my mind for years, and it hit me today … Continue reading #058–In the eyes of the law, what does “insanity” mean? And where does that fit in with “mental issues” and gun violence?
Photo from NPR article linked to below, from Getty images A few months ago, with the church shooting outside of San Antonio, I asked a question about what would happen if we focused on the victims instead of the perpetrator. Well, thank you NPR--it's a start. This is the point. This is the result. And … Continue reading To me, this is the whole damned point…
My Copy: 9781566197847 (image from abebooks.com) Well, don't judge a book by it's cover, even if it's that neat semi-transparent slip-cover I like for some reason. I still didn't care for the story. I only got about halfway through the book and gave up. Not my cup of tea, I guess; I'm used to Swift in … Continue reading Gulliver’s Travels, by Jonathan Swift
This photo is not from my house--it was on Pinterest. There are people in my life who would look at a picture like the one above and start grinning, and tell you which gun is what and what the clip capacity is, how easy to clean and maintain, etc. I know at least one who … Continue reading #057–What’s happened to the value of life in America?