That right up there is my newest guitar...and it's a freaking beauty. And as far as I'm concerned, it's my LAST guitar...unless somebody just up and gives me one for some reason later. I've got plenty of instruments right now, so I think I'll just keep to what I've got and put the rest on … Continue reading It’s time to stop collecting & start practicing…or else, what’s the point?
image from navy.mil I was thinking about some things I'd read about WWII and remembered a question my dad had. He couldn't watch movies like The Longest Day (too damned long and he hated it) and probably couldn't watch Saving Private Ryan for too long... if he saw much of any of it. It wasn't … Continue reading #091–Was There a Better, Less Costly Way to do the Normandy Invasion in WWII?
My Copy: 9781935429043 (image from bn.com) Whew! This might be one of the shorter volumes--page wise--but not on impact. The players all seeking Akira out are starting to meet in the middle, and there's a helluva lot of damage that's going on in about a 24 hour span of time. And there's a big difference … Continue reading Akira (volume 3), by Katsuhiro Otomo
My Copy: 9780060184711 (image from bn.com) Ever since I was a little kid, and Jaws was my favorite movie (still is, actually), I've been curious about sharks and Naval ships. That began with the scene of Quint telling about the Indianapolis disaster. I don't care if I've seen it 200+ times, I will stop what … Continue reading Abandon Ship!: The saga of the U.S.S. Indianapolis, the Navy’s greatest sea disaster, by Richard F. Newcomb (with intro & afterward by Peter Maas)
Image from Gary Larson's The Far Side (I love that panel). Anyhoo, I've had an interesting time trying to get into re-reading the Bible, both versions I have, side by side so I get the gist and context. I genuinely feel like I need to give the Bible a fair shake, to study it for … Continue reading Random thoughts I’m having while reading the Book of Genesis…
My Copy: 9781935429029 (image from bn.com) The gang is back, and Tetsuo is determined to find and meet Akira...whatever that means. According to the adults, it can only mean something really, really bad. Akira (volume 2) focuses again on the teens Kaneda, Tetsuo, Kei and the experimental children (Kyoko, Masaru, and Takashi). The characters and … Continue reading Akira (volume 2), by Katsuhiro Otomo
My house still needs to be put in order and family crap is in the way. I've gone a little nuts buying fruit trees, though, so each day (if the weather's cooperated), I've managed to plant one in the past week and a half. I now have six more to go, and just have to … Continue reading The Joy of Work (-ing, on what you want to work on anyway, that is)
My Copy: 9781935429005 (Image from bn.com) It's rather tricky coming to a graphic novel after you've already seen the film version dozens of times, but I'm intrigued by this series and FINALLY have the whole thing. The books are hefty and pricey (hell, there's 2,000+ pages over 6 volumes), but after saving and using my … Continue reading Akira (volume 1), by Katsuhiro Otomo
My Copy: 9780692504512 (image from bn.com) This book is an interesting mix of information, largely good, but I just had difficulty with some of the presentation. It's part autobiography, part informative. You certainly get a good grasp of what the author went through in good and bad times, especially as being bipolar wasn't well known … Continue reading Bipolar 1 Disorder: How to Survive and Thrive, by Molly McHugh
My Copy: 9781465409614 (image from bn.com) Well, this is definitely a book for beginners when it comes to home gardening, and I'm really glad I got it. It's not super-crazy detailed and is not complete by any stretch, but if you're totally new like me, this guide is a fantastic start. I'm determined to live … Continue reading Kitchen Gardening for Beginners: a simple guide to growing fruit and vegetables, by Simon Akeroyd