“Titus Andronicus,” From The Oxford Shakespeare: The Complete Works, by W. Shakespeare

My Copy: 9780199267170 Well, I'd heard this was one of Shakespeare's "lesser tragedies," and thanks to all the blood and death in the pages, I have to wonder--what was he going through when he wrote the damned thing? Titus Andronicus (long title: The Most Lamentable Roman Tragedy of Titus Andronicus) is about Titus, a general who … Continue reading “Titus Andronicus,” From The Oxford Shakespeare: The Complete Works, by W. Shakespeare

#056–Can You Think of a Better Way to End the Film, “The Great Dictator?”

I first saw The Great Dictator when I was writing a grad school research paper. I'd read contemporary articles about the film and its reception, and always saw it on "top comedies" lists, but never watched it til I finally bought the Criterion Collection version. I'm one of those people who love to watch the … Continue reading #056–Can You Think of a Better Way to End the Film, “The Great Dictator?”

This winter in Houston was–wait, it’s still going? WTF?!

It's times like this I really wish I'd have gone into meteorology, because we're all complaining about the same damned thing...and I like having answers when nobody else does. It balances out my incessant need to ask a trillion questions, so maybe it's only fair, or just a hyperactive extension of myself, trying desperately to … Continue reading This winter in Houston was–wait, it’s still going? WTF?!

“Henry VI: Part One,” From The Oxford Shakespeare: The Complete Works, by W. Shakespeare

My Copy: 9780199267170 Heavens, this is a tricky one to read, and my love of history is clashing with The Bard's words as he takes liberties with British history and the timing of battles and characters. This play features very little of Henry VI again, but features plenty of others who will create the chaos and … Continue reading “Henry VI: Part One,” From The Oxford Shakespeare: The Complete Works, by W. Shakespeare

The Disease to Please: Curing the People-Pleasing Syndrome, by Harriet B. Braiker, Ph.D.

My copy: 9780071385640 (image from amazon.com) It took me a little while to read this book. Not that it was overly-clinical and complex, but rather it was saturated with information that needed some careful reading and analyzing. The Disease to Please is a great book for anybody who has difficulty measuring their self-worth compared to … Continue reading The Disease to Please: Curing the People-Pleasing Syndrome, by Harriet B. Braiker, Ph.D.

Nurses and needles and veins, oh my! Prepping before donating blood or plasma.

I think all plasma donation sites should have this on the home page: if you have veins that like to hide or jump at the elbow and you have a hard time giving blood, don't bother showing up to donate plasma!!! That would've saved some time and made my day better. I tried to go … Continue reading Nurses and needles and veins, oh my! Prepping before donating blood or plasma.