My mother called me out of the blue last week. I don't think we'd spoken in over a year, but all of a sudden she was on my phone, and I suspected why now: she knew my dad was dead. I didn't tell her because I didn't know how to tell her. I can't recall … Continue reading Life’s Exquisite Weirdness Pays Me a Visit When I’m Around Coffee…
This came out of the Ether when I remembered the first time I tried to truly study the Bible on my own. I'm almost done with my illustrated children's Bible (might as well start with the cliffs notes version) and then I'm going to compare and contrast the wording in my original KJV Bible and … Continue reading I Was Told to Skip the Old Testament & Start With The New… You Can’t Say That To a Historian!
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
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
My Copy: 9781402218996 (Image from amazon.com) I discovered slam poetry a few months ago and was blown away by the emotion in what I was seeing for most poems. Some were great, some not so much, some amazing--but they all had something to bring to the table. I wanted to learn how to write like … Continue reading Take the Mic: the Art of Performance Poetry, Slam, and the Spoken Word, by Marc Kelly Smith & Joe Kraynak
My Copy: 9780760727812 (image from goodreads.com) I like Jane Austen a lot. I like her characters and her command of language. I do get lost in it once and a while, but I can find my way back through a bit of careful re-reading. That said, I'm surprised that it took me about three tries … Continue reading Persuasion, by Jane Austen
I've always been a Radio Flyer fan, still have two I use for hauling stuff around. This pic cracked me up. I want that! Anyhoo-- Time to get things going (after Labor Day weekend--oh joy). I've never cared for it, but at least this year the parties might be more akin to neighborly-cleanup work parties … Continue reading Getting back on the wagon when all the pieces are up in the air
I guess that requires some explanation for the torches-and-pitchforks crowd. One would think that skipping the meat and going full on vegetarian or vegan would be a great thing, let alone the raw food diet. Hey, something that skips adding excess fat, sugar, and all the things we've been told are going to kill us … Continue reading Eating Fruit is Bad for the Teeth (But Good for the Body)?
I don't know why, exactly, but I've noticed a significant drain on myself lately that's just getting worse. And as I put in my rather vague symptoms (forget horror novels--WebMD's the scariest damned thing you can look at), I can see some obvious sense. The difficulty is in doing it. How the hell do you … Continue reading Getting motivated to exercise when you’re so freaking tired…
My Copy: 9780671027032 Of all the books I have, this is one of the handful that if someone asked to borrow it, I'd fork it over even without a guarantee of return. It's THAT necessary and THAT good a book--too good to hoard like gold, even if that's what it is to a clueless introvert like … Continue reading How to Win Friends & Influence People (special anniversary ed.), by Dale Carnegie