“The Merry Wives of Windsor,” from The Oxford Shakespeare: The Complete Works, by W. Shakespeare

This one's probably the easiest play to read, other than Romeo and Juliet, so far. I have to say I really got into it and it wasn't overly complex as far as the action goes. That could be because Shakespeare intended it to be a contemporary story for his contemporary audience, and didn't have to … Continue reading “The Merry Wives of Windsor,” from The Oxford Shakespeare: The Complete Works, by W. Shakespeare

#069–Why is it EVERY TIME I take actual steps to make positive changes in my life, I suddenly get sick?

I was doing wrapping up a stream of consciousness writing assignment (my faithful wastebasket next to me so I can hock up my lungs a bit at a time), writing away when it hit me. Could this be a psychosomatic issue? Can you get cold/flu/whatever-like symptoms in order to avoid something? My mind-body connection seems … Continue reading #069–Why is it EVERY TIME I take actual steps to make positive changes in my life, I suddenly get sick?

My Blog’s Name in Books (an off-kilter book ‘n tea post based on a challenge).

Kudos to fictionophile for something weird to get my creativity muscles a flexing, and remind me of the thousand or so books that still need reading. Yes, oh mistress-of-the-sacrificed-trees-and-ink-blood, I hear that foot tapping already. I tried to count my books again when I had trouble finding room on the shelf for all my wayward … Continue reading My Blog’s Name in Books (an off-kilter book ‘n tea post based on a challenge).

Reading Music: A Step-By-Step Introduction to Understanding Music Notation and Theory, by Marc Schonbrun

My copy: 9781435144699 (image from amazon.com) When I made the informed decision to go insane and re-learn all this stuff about music I'd forgotten over the past 20 years(ish), I knew I'd have to have some help from at least one book to get me figuring out how much I really didn't know. So glad … Continue reading Reading Music: A Step-By-Step Introduction to Understanding Music Notation and Theory, by Marc Schonbrun

Best Laid Plans: Stumbling back into the arts, one book, class, & practice session at a time…

Ideally, this week would've been perfect to start trying my new schedule out. But as I've barely been able to keep my eyes open and my throat from trying to cave in on itself the past three days, yeah, that just wasn't going to happen. Dammit. When I could sit and read more than a … Continue reading Best Laid Plans: Stumbling back into the arts, one book, class, & practice session at a time…

“The History of Henry the Fourth (1 Henry IV),” from The Oxford Shakespeare: The Complete Works, by W. Shakespeare

I'd love to know what it is about Shakespeare and his unique ability to make kings into secondary characters in their own stories. Well, perhaps it's because he was too busy thinking up Henry V that he had to throw some of it in here first, lest he lose all his ideas. I just find … Continue reading “The History of Henry the Fourth (1 Henry IV),” from The Oxford Shakespeare: The Complete Works, by W. Shakespeare

How to Stop Feeling Like Sh*t: 14 habits that are holding you back from happiness, by Andrea Owen

My Copy: 9781580056793 (image from goodreads.com) I can't remember the last time I read a non-fiction book that felt like I wasn't reading a book. I felt like I was talking to an honest girlfriend (and I don't mean the cursing bit; I curse a helluva lot more than my girlfriends, dammit). For the record, … Continue reading How to Stop Feeling Like Sh*t: 14 habits that are holding you back from happiness, by Andrea Owen

Quiet the Rage: How Learning to Manage Conflict Will Change Your Life (and the World), by R.W. Burke, MBA, CPC

My Copy: 9781943006410 (image from quiettherage.com) Definitely check out the site, it gives some great insight into what this guy does beyond the book...though the book says a ton. Quiet the Rage is a handy little book to hang onto and remind yourself of some things. Now, when we say rage, we don't necessarily mean … Continue reading Quiet the Rage: How Learning to Manage Conflict Will Change Your Life (and the World), by R.W. Burke, MBA, CPC