I'm a little surprised summer didn't come into full fury four weeks ago. Usually the first weekend in May heralds a good long HOT summer til about late September. We still have a slight reprieve, but that heat index is making it what it is. I managed to finish the first coat of paint on … Continue reading I suppose we could call this “summer cleaning,” as long as it’s not too hot.
As much of a documentary nut as I am, I have to admit I've never seen a second of Cosmos--either version. I've heard about it occasionally over the decades and then of course came the newer version. Part of me would lean toward Tyson's because I'd bet that there's extra science in there not known … Continue reading #096 Blitz Q–Which One Is the Better Version of Cosmos: Carl Sagan’s or Neil deGrasse Tyson’s?
Somehow this step never occurred to me. I was so busy trying to keep these plants alive and going (after so many seedlings have died and gone back to ground) that I'm surprised to see a tiny banana pepper plant that has a four or five inch green pepper already hanging from it. Yay--something is … Continue reading The plants are just starting to thrive… but when do I pick the fruit?
My mother called me out of the blue last week. I don't think we'd spoken in over a year, but all of a sudden she was on my phone, and I suspected why now: she knew my dad was dead. I didn't tell her because I didn't know how to tell her. I can't recall … Continue reading Life’s Exquisite Weirdness Pays Me a Visit When I’m Around Coffee…
This one baffles me, but as I've gone digging and listening to speakers on all sides of creation v. evolution, I get very annoyed when I hear religious lawmakers and people who want "intelligent design" taught in schools call evolution a "religion." Seriously? On what do they base that? From what I've seen, most of … Continue reading #095–Why do some religious folks call evolution a “religion”?
I suppose it's a natural consequence of not wanting to talk on the phone so late (and trying to relax after getting bitten by dozens of mosquitoes while working outside). I just lost my cool and all the issues that've been coming up lately--the abortion-bans, creationist rhetoric, etc.--burst out of me. My dad's friend called … Continue reading I forgot what it was like to argue with a Trump supporter… til tonight.
I am one of the dozen people with HBO that hasn't seen a SINGLE episode of Game of Thrones. And yet, that's all everybody's talking about. Never saw an episode, though I saw the Honest Trailer for the series (lotsa mentions of boobies, dragons, and swords, but that's it). I'm a big believer in reading … Continue reading #094 Blitz Q: I’ve never seen Game of Thrones. Would you recommend the books, TV Series, or Both?
My initial theory: they're totally out of ideas and have gone to the reduce, reuse, recycle bin. Why? They banked everything on the Marvel and smiled and raked in the dough, and then a couple years ago went "wait, what's supposed to hit the theaters once Endgame's done?" Crap--we need time to think! I didn't … Continue reading #093–Why The Hell is Disney Making Great Animated Films from the 1990s into Live Action Films Now?
I'm almost sick of looking at them on my table. I had to take the sticker gum off most of the books and let them dry before I could stick a new library label on each spine. Yeah, it takes work to save money with books, and the goo gone and cotton balls in the … Continue reading Why I Can’t Stop Buying Books: A Theory
My Copy: 9780684837871 (image from goodreads.com. My copy has the old Scribner cover art I can't find for an image) I'm batting 0 for 2 so far with Ernest Hemingway. I stopped at page 134, and was so frustrated I went straight to bed afterward, determined to put it in my catch-and-release pile. Islands in … Continue reading Islands in the Stream, by Ernest Hemingway