Depression & Guilt as a pseudo-Caregiver: My journey toward understanding & some much needed changes…

I say "pseudo-caregiver" because my dad can mostly take care of himself...at least, I think he can. We suck at getting to the bottom of things in this family, and it's something I've brought up a few times before, many months ago. Well, I've spent weeks trying to get over throat issues and chest congestion, … Continue reading Depression & Guilt as a pseudo-Caregiver: My journey toward understanding & some much needed changes…

The Soiling of Old Glory: The Story of a Photograph That Shocked America, by Louis P. Masur

My Copy: 9781596916005 (image from Bloomsbury Publishing) The Soiling of Old Glory is a book I had to read for a class in college, and it's probably the only one I've reviewed and re-read several times. This is a book that's very well put together. It's the biography of that photograph of the young man … Continue reading The Soiling of Old Glory: The Story of a Photograph That Shocked America, by Louis P. Masur

Why I Probably Won’t Let My Family Read My Works, Now or Ever Again…

It's one of those basic things I've read about so often when it comes to editing and/or before submitting your stuff. I've lost count the numbers of sites telling you to get your family reading what you have. Get them reading your work, because you'll get some useful criticism from people who care for you, … Continue reading Why I Probably Won’t Let My Family Read My Works, Now or Ever Again…

#071–What’s with that whole “can’t say Macbeth in the theater” curse-thing?

DISCLAIMER: If you're sitting in a theater right now, you may want to read this when you leave, lest you get the glare of death. Dunno if reading it has the same impact as saying it, but perhaps if you're super daring, you could test the waters... Just don't blame me, Okay? Anyhoo-- I don't … Continue reading #071–What’s with that whole “can’t say Macbeth in the theater” curse-thing?

“Much Ado About Nothing,” from The Oxford Shakespeare: The Complete Works, by W. Shakespeare

I can't really say much about this particular play because I saw the Branagh film from 1993 before I read it, so I've got scenes from that one stuck in my head. I watched it in Lit class in high school and have to admit I enjoyed the hell out of it. Who woulda thought? … Continue reading “Much Ado About Nothing,” from The Oxford Shakespeare: The Complete Works, by W. Shakespeare

A new, fun (painful, crazy) goal: be able to do 100 push-ups a day by the New Year.

Yeah, I don't mean it has to be all at the same time. Like I could break it up into a couple sets throughout the day or something, but that's what I want to aim for--be able to do 100 push-ups a day. Maybe next year I'll go for sit-ups (shudder). That said, yes, it's … Continue reading A new, fun (painful, crazy) goal: be able to do 100 push-ups a day by the New Year.

Learn Chess: A Complete Course, by C.H.O’D Alexander & T.J. Beach

My Copy: 9781857441154 (image from rainbowresource.com is the one I have on my shelf) I've tried to dig up resources to learn chess better, and I've tried reading this book a few times in the past. I still haven't had much luck with it. Learn Chess: A Complete Course is not for beginners. Certainly not … Continue reading Learn Chess: A Complete Course, by C.H.O’D Alexander & T.J. Beach