My copy: 9780446561358 (image from amazon.com) It took me a bit of time to get into this one, because it felt abrupt and too fast at first...and then it just kept on going. I had a feeling I might like this one, but it's way beyond my initial expectations. The setup and the pace was … Continue reading Swimsuit, by James Patterson & Maxine Paetro
I've had some pet peeves about the education system for a few years...and they're not about standardized testing for once! With the craziness surrounding school safety and all, there are bigger fish to fry... but so long as adults are (hopefully) taking a harder look at the way schools work, I'd like a few little … Continue reading Three things that need to return to American schools: cursive writing, checkbook balancing, & counseling.
My Copy: 9780764147128 (image from amazon.com) Well, it's up to a 4th edition right now, but no matter what edition we're talking about and how many links and internet apps and such, Barron's Painless Grammar is still a great guide for anyone who needs either a brief refresher on grammar rules or needs a new … Continue reading Barron’s Painless Grammar (3rd ed.), by Rebecca Elliott, Ph.D.
So, now we've drifted back to the events that helped lead up to the contention between the houses of York and Lancaster, with the rise of the Lancasters in this one (and for a few more). For fans of The Hollow Crown--King Richard uses this particular phrase to good effect, actually, in this play. The Tragedy … Continue reading “The Tragedy of King Richard the Second,” From The Oxford Shakespeare: The Complete Works, by W. Shakespeare
My Copy: 9780316256575 (image from goodreads.com) Well, somehow I knew I'd enjoy the hell out of reading this book. It's about 300 pages long, and while that might be a little off-putting for some casual readers, it's really a book full of useful, practical wisdom about our own presence in the world and how to … Continue reading Presence: Bringing Your Boldest Self to Your Biggest Challenges, by Amy Cuddy
Header image from khou.com (3/21/2018). It's been some beautiful weather, and two days in a row, Houston's had two major police chases. Ah, Spring has come, with lovely sunny days and perfect temperatures for the first time in months. Which begs the question: who the hell wants to hang out in a jail cell on … Continue reading #063–In police pursuits, why do suspects still bother trying to escape when the helicopters join in?
My Copy: 9781593082567 (image by bookdepository.com) I admit, this is one of the more approachable religious/philosophical texts that I've tried to read. I think part of that is the intro and the translation. That said, much of it is not that hard to grasp, and some other parts are like "whaaa?" Tao Te Ching has … Continue reading Tao Te Ching, by Lao Tzu
This is just not my day, and every time there's something in the mail from mom or a text, it makes me think about this question. This morning's no exception--something came in the mail lately. This thing was something I didn't even recall we had, and don't remember asking for from her. But there it … Continue reading #062–How do you talk to someone in your family when you have nothing to say?
My jaw almost hit the ground when I first read this, and then I stopped and thought: why should it? I mean, I've known people who act like this...just not in a pizza place. This story is not my own. It's by one of my favorite bloggers, John Pavlovitz, a pastor whose work I've shared … Continue reading Cross-post: When the “good guy” with a gun waves it around…
My copy: 9781593082352 (image from Amazon.com) Ah, the one I know best, and one of the best heroines in western literature. Antigone expands on the story of her ill-fated family and the messages regarding religion and law. Antigone’s position is simple: the laws of gods supersede the laws of man, and must be adhered to, … Continue reading Three Theban Plays: Antigone, by Sophocles