Beyond Einstein: The Cosmic Quest for the theory of the Universe

My Copy: 9780385477819 (image from bn.com) I've always wanted to understand science better, and I've been impressed with Michio Kaku's approach to explaining it in documentaries and whatnot. I had to tackle his explanations in book form, and began with this one. Beyond Einstein gives more than the theory of relativity that we've been used … Continue reading Beyond Einstein: The Cosmic Quest for the theory of the Universe

“Sir Thomas More,” from The Oxford Shakespeare: The Complete Works, (partially) by William Shakespeare

This is the one play I'd say you should read as a dare...at least, the version I have. Which may well be the version everybody has other than the original copies in the great British libraries behind vaults or something. And it's not entirely by Shakespeare, either. Heavily edited and worked on by several people, … Continue reading “Sir Thomas More,” from The Oxford Shakespeare: The Complete Works, (partially) by William Shakespeare

Sonnets & ‘A Lover’s Complaint,’ and ‘Various Poems’ from The Oxford Shakespeare: The Complete Works, by William Shakespeare

Love, death, the muse, the tangled web of attraction, and friendship are probably the most basic subjects covered in Shakespeare's sonnets. One of the most famous ones is the one numbered 18 in this collection, staring with "Shall I compare thee to a summer's day..." Most of the time I think that's the only one … Continue reading Sonnets & ‘A Lover’s Complaint,’ and ‘Various Poems’ from The Oxford Shakespeare: The Complete Works, by William Shakespeare

#083 Blitz Q: Does anybody make green bean casserole when it’s NOT Thanksgiving or Christmas?

Aside from the turkey, the potatoes, and the cranberry sauce (can shaped or chunky, fielder's choice), a green and brown lumpy mass is usually part of the holiday meal picture. Some concoction called green bean casserole. I've rarely enjoyed a green bean casserole that felt like a true casserole. Oftentimes it looks like green beans … Continue reading #083 Blitz Q: Does anybody make green bean casserole when it’s NOT Thanksgiving or Christmas?

“Trolius and Cressida,” from The Oxford Shakespeare: The Complete Works, by William Shakespeare

I gotta admit, maybe this was the perfect breaking-point (by accident) in the anthology. I got to resume my reading plans with Shakespeare with this interesting work, Trolius and Cressida. I like how when I took another look online at what the story was about, to see if I got the gist of it or … Continue reading “Trolius and Cressida,” from The Oxford Shakespeare: The Complete Works, by William Shakespeare

Thanksgiving, chock full of (a distinct lack of) plans this year…

Holidays and I have had a problematic relationship, in the sense that once I got past 12 years old, nobody seemed to give a damn anymore, anyway. And it was just easier to go along with it. I didn't feel like I was missing much, and I've only prepared Thanksgiving dinner once by myself. I … Continue reading Thanksgiving, chock full of (a distinct lack of) plans this year…

Wishful Drinking, by Carrie Fisher

My Copy: 9781439153710 (image from bn.com) I've never read anything by Carrie Fisher before, but I have to say I'll be picking up more of her stuff in the near future. Wishful Drinking feels like you're in the middle of a personal discussion with the woman who is best known as Princess Leia from Star Wars, … Continue reading Wishful Drinking, by Carrie Fisher

Adult Children of Emotionally Immature Parents: How to heal from distant, rejecting, or self-involved parents, by Lindsay C. Gibson, PsyD.

My Copy: 9781626251700 (image from bn.com) This book is pretty self-explanatory in what it's about. However, it was still an eye-opener, because it doesn't go for the easy, pigeon-hole answers and instead gets the reader to focus on the range of possibilities. The word "immature" has always been a strange one to me, because where's … Continue reading Adult Children of Emotionally Immature Parents: How to heal from distant, rejecting, or self-involved parents, by Lindsay C. Gibson, PsyD.

A Different Gospel: A bold & revealing look at the biblical & historical basis of the Word of Faith movement (updated ed), by D.R. McConnell

My Copy: 9781565631328 (image from bn.com) Some people wanting to dig into learning about the word of faith movement, aka the "prosperity gospel," will have a good start with this book. I'm sure this 1994 text has made it into the bibliographies of plenty of books that have come since, whether criticizing the word of … Continue reading A Different Gospel: A bold & revealing look at the biblical & historical basis of the Word of Faith movement (updated ed), by D.R. McConnell

Impulse, Impatience & (perhaps) overly ambitious…

I'm stuck in this mental/physical limbo where I'm bursting to create while emulating Homer Simpson from the Treehouse of Horror sketch, "The Shinning," when he repeated "No TV and no beer make homer go crazy." I think it's a desperate attempt to build my life. Roughly 16 months ago I had thought long and hard … Continue reading Impulse, Impatience & (perhaps) overly ambitious…