This feels like a dumb question to me, but it's one that's been on my mind for some time. I had dreams about how I wanted my life to turn out: a good teaching job, hubby and kids, not filthy rich but comfortable enough and not one paycheck away from losing everything or being unable … Continue reading Q #117: How do you find your dreams again, or make new ones?
This could easily become another post about "impostor syndrome," but I think it goes far beyond that. Last weekend, when I was going to my piano lesson, one of the guys who worked there mentioned a recital that Sunday and that I could go or if I wanted to participate, let them know. I was … Continue reading Feeling like you’re good enough to put yourself out there in the world…
My Copy: 9780867196016 (image from bn.com) This one's a bit tricky to describe, as it's the last of the series. It's satisfying in one way and has so much in it that it probably could've made enough material for two more books. It's not some super-thick volume, it's just a lot that's tackled in these … Continue reading Barefoot Gen, vol 10: Never Give Up, by Keiji Nakazawa
Naturally, health is going to be on the list. The difficulty is this week especially, I have to focus on finances and getting things corrected before all the tax season stuff gets really going. That's what I hate the most, but today and tomorrow I'm dedicating myself to getting it all cleared up as best … Continue reading Playing with New Years Resolutions. Learning how to prioritize me.
My Copy: 9781496199836 (image from bn.com) To save time and headaches, there's nothing I can't say that I didn't already say in my Goodreads review, so I just pasted it here: Just so you know, the book's written by someone who puts M.D. after her name (it's on the cover, too). The first half of … Continue reading The Sugar Habit: How it starts, what keeps it going, & how to break it naturally, by Christine Adams, M.D.
The other day, on a whim, I'd wrapped up a lesson with my piano teacher and found some musical instrument ornaments for sale. I'd seen them before, but couldn't justify buying them. Hell, I didn't even have a tree up or anything, and was about to just shrug off the whole thing. But I couldn't … Continue reading What annoys me most about fake Christmas trees…
My Copy: 9780867196009 (image from bn.com) This volume is a mix of juvenile hijinks done in the name of protest and Gen's knowledge that he's going to have to grow up and figure out what to do with his life. His family is scattered and Natsue is getting worse in her health, ready to die. … Continue reading Barefoot Gen, vol 9: Breaking Down Borders, by Keiji Nakazawa
My Copy: 9781520944470 (image from goodreads.com) I was recently diagnosed as anemic as well as pre-diabetic (which is it's own minefield I'm tackling soon), and felt completely overwhelmed with what I needed to do to start doing better for myself and get back on track. I'd had no energy in months and was just generally … Continue reading Low Iron Diet: Food Advice for Iron Deficiency Anemia, by Amanda Bassett
My Copy: 9780867195996 (image from bn.com) This volume has a darker tone to it than some others, and that's even after all the death we've read about so far, and the challenges Gen and the other children have faced. Gen and Ryuta are trying hard to keep their families going (adopted and otherwise). I love … Continue reading Barefoot Gen, vol 8: Merchants of Death, by Keiji Nakazawa
I got some cheap ones recently that look like a golf ball almost with the pitting on the outside (the ones pictured above are a bit tame in appearance). I didn't even realize there were smooth Moscow Mule copper mugs out there until I started browsing for pictures. But it makes me wonder: is there … Continue reading Q#116–What’s the point of those hammered indents in a Moscow Mule mug?