Re-purposing commercial or religious properties, or letting imagination take over older architecture with interesting results…

The article that inspired this contemplation can be found here and at the end of the post. I often look around when I'm out somewhere and there are pretty big chunks of real estate that I'll see "for sale" or about to be torn down. It kind of makes me mad, even if the buildings … Continue reading Re-purposing commercial or religious properties, or letting imagination take over older architecture with interesting results…

The Assassination of Julius Caesar: A People’s History of Ancient Rome, by Michael Parenti

My Copy: 9781565849426 (image from bn.com) If there's one book about Ancient Rome that should be added to someone's bookshelf, it's most definitely this one. The Assassination of Julius Caesar is not a thick book, but contains so much that should at least be analyzed and taken into consideration. I love the title; it's perfect … Continue reading The Assassination of Julius Caesar: A People’s History of Ancient Rome, by Michael Parenti

The scales are teetering, or, trying to get the most out of piano practice away from the keyboard…

This has been a week full of starts and stops, especially writing or music wise. I thought up and rejected half a dozen different blog posts because as I thought about writing them the ideas seemed trite or self-evident (or if I asked a question, it was answered before I even opened a web page … Continue reading The scales are teetering, or, trying to get the most out of piano practice away from the keyboard…

I’ve spent about 10 hours today trying to scour my new place…& I’m totally happy about it.

(Not my chair, but definitely one of my rugs because carpet sucks [pic from esalerugs.com]) Rest assured, I have not suddenly become a Stepford wife or something that's gone the route of June Cleaver wannabe. I made some plans and finally figured out how to get a good dose of cleaning done today instead of … Continue reading I’ve spent about 10 hours today trying to scour my new place…& I’m totally happy about it.

What to think about businesses that make it impossible to talk to a human being…

I've been trying to get an issue resolved on my old place since early February. For some reason, a mortgage lien keeps popping up and the company that has it on there, I've been trying to reach. The trouble is Company UNLUCKY was sold to Company BIG, which was sold to or merged with Company … Continue reading What to think about businesses that make it impossible to talk to a human being…

#106–Blitz Q: Where did the Flying Spaghetti Monster come from?

Short possibly-improbable answer: Bertrand Russell's teapot in orbit around the Sun boiled over and an astronaut's spaghetti and meatballs food pouch landed in it. Add a dash of stardust and poof! Even shorter, more fact-based answer: A guy named Bobby Henderson. I actually have his copy of The Gospel of the Flying Spaghetti Monster on … Continue reading #106–Blitz Q: Where did the Flying Spaghetti Monster come from?