My Copy: 9781593083793 (image from bn.com) My stepdad actually recommended this one to me. Safe to say, he probably last read it long before he married my mother, because of the Hindu and Buddhist elements in the story. Siddhartha is a story that is kind of a re-telling of the story of the Buddha. The … Continue reading Siddhartha, by Hermann Hesse
After 20 years, the tradition died. All of a sudden. No planning. It just did. I am one of those people who spent Thanksgiving Day writing out Holiday cards to people I saw last week or a decade ago, picking out the best card in my stash to use for this particular person, and then … Continue reading I didn’t bother to send Christmas Cards this year…
My Copy: 9780316074841 (image from ushmm.org) Tell Them We Remember is a concise overview of the Holocaust. As someone who has done research on the Holocaust ever since reading about Anne Frank (going on over 20 years now), I think this book is a fantastic introduction to the subject matter for younger readers, say middle … Continue reading Tell Them We Remember: The Story of the Holocaust, by Susan D. Bachrach
I won't lie--I have a bad habit of over-preparing for things and overestimating how much I can actually get done. Realistic time assessment is something I've always struggled with. I spent most of September and October working 60-90 hours a week. November and early December I spent working at and/or driving to an alternate work-site … Continue reading Revolving Headaches lasting over a week–tension or something else?
My Copy: 9780831777814 (image from amazon.com) I can't explain my fascination with shipwrecks. All I know is probably every other time mom took me to the public library, I'd end up taking this one home. When I found it on eBay--decades later--I couldn't believe my luck. Probably some of the best memories of my childhood … Continue reading Great Shipwrecks of the 20th Century, by Thomas E. Bonsall
I was driving home last night and thumbed through my iPod, trying to keep myself going even though my head was splitting. And there it was. Led Zeppelin's "Stairway to Heaven." And I listened to it. I always listen to it. There's something about this song. I don't know what it is, but it's a … Continue reading #049–Why is “Stairway to Heaven” THAT song–THE rock song many can’t ignore or stop listening to?
My Copy: 9780140177398 (image from amazon.com) I'll give Steinbeck credit: he sure knows how to tell a story in a small amount of pages. I couldn't believe how thin this book was when I picked it up, but then again, how many pages can a person go on about a couple of migrant farm workers … Continue reading Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck
My Copy: 9781594394942 (original cover image from amazon.com) This is a must-have for those who feel intensely vulnerable, and those who want to brush up on basic skills against the not-so-skilled in a fight. In desperation, someone will get dirty and just want to win. And some of them may prove too tough to inflict pain … Continue reading Fighting the Pain-Resistant Attacker: Step-By-Step Survival Techniques, by Loren W. Christensen
Banks and retailers, please listen up. It's the Christmas shopping season, a time when we're supposed to be thinking about peace and good will toward men (the philosophers of Peanuts already covered this pretty well--go look it up). Doesn't stop outright greed in the form of overindulgence or theft. Especially theft. And the easiest way … Continue reading It is time I let retailers and banks know how much I HATE chip cards, and why.