I'd love to know what it is about Shakespeare and his unique ability to make kings into secondary characters in their own stories. Well, perhaps it's because he was too busy thinking up Henry V that he had to throw some of it in here first, lest he lose all his ideas. I just find … Continue reading “The History of Henry the Fourth (1 Henry IV),” from The Oxford Shakespeare: The Complete Works, by W. Shakespeare
My Copy: 9781580056793 (image from goodreads.com) I can't remember the last time I read a non-fiction book that felt like I wasn't reading a book. I felt like I was talking to an honest girlfriend (and I don't mean the cursing bit; I curse a helluva lot more than my girlfriends, dammit). For the record, … Continue reading How to Stop Feeling Like Sh*t: 14 habits that are holding you back from happiness, by Andrea Owen
My Copy: 9781943006410 (image from quiettherage.com) Definitely check out the site, it gives some great insight into what this guy does beyond the book...though the book says a ton. Quiet the Rage is a handy little book to hang onto and remind yourself of some things. Now, when we say rage, we don't necessarily mean … Continue reading Quiet the Rage: How Learning to Manage Conflict Will Change Your Life (and the World), by R.W. Burke, MBA, CPC
I had a hard time getting through this play. I tried four times to get into it, and eventually I got enough out of it to get what was going on...somewhat. Maybe it's just been a bad month. I know I've been way behind on reading lately and my goals will suffer for it, and … Continue reading “The Merchant of Venice,” from The Oxford Shakespeare: The Complete Works, by W. Shakespeare
Okay, yesterday was my heavy Mother's Day question. Today's my lighter one, but one that's bugged me a while. I first really noticed it last year, when I was out getting things and some salespeople just up and said "Happy Mother's Day" as I was finishing my purchases and leaving. Something about that struck me. … Continue reading #068–Blitz Q: Why do people tell EVERY woman “Happy Mother’s Day” even if they may not have kids?
Let's call this Part 2 of my question #062 post: How do you talk to someone in your family when you have nothing to say? Anyway... I actually remembered Mother's Day was around the corner for once, and I'm sure this has fueled my anxiety and my totally distracted choices the past few weeks. I … Continue reading #067–How do you do Mother’s Day when you can’t bring yourself to speak to your mother?
I think it's one of those super-obvious things regarding willpower, goals, etc.... but at the same time so damned complex. I get that I had a whole bunch of stuff to try out and experiment with, and that worked out okay, but then another thing and another thing came along until all my plans were … Continue reading Those weeks when it’s probably better if plans are NOT made….
My Copy: 9781582973579 (image from pinterest) Comedy Writing Secrets is just as advertised: a book about how to work with comedy in writing. Not much more than that, but at the same time, MUCH more than that. The premise seems too simple, but there are plenty of great examples of how different aspects of comedy … Continue reading Comedy Writing Secrets (2nd ed.), by Mel Helitzer with Mark Shatz
If there's anything I've written about the past year that I consider to be my own personal pet peeve about...well, my person...it would be my chatty, hyper tendencies in public. There have been plenty of times I've wondered why I can't buckle down and be serious. I don't think I've ever been to an office … Continue reading I think I’m starting to get out of my own way: re-examining my box
I wasn't sure what to make of this play. I didn't even know Shakespeare had written a play about King John (Richard the Lionheart's brother) until I picked up this book and the book Shakespeare's English Kings. I'd never heard of the play being performed, or anything. So I was just as surprised to see … Continue reading “The Life and Death of King John,” From The Oxford Shakespeare: The Complete Works, by W. Shakespeare