Q #161: How do you make healthy salads (& not get sick of them)?

I had to go grocery shopping yesterday because my parakeets needed some more greens and I was down to kale, lettuce, and cauliflower (at least they like 'em). But I also planned to get enough for myself so we could all get healthier. The tricky thing is, I don't mind a bunch of vegetables so … Continue reading Q #161: How do you make healthy salads (& not get sick of them)?

Running out of books (gasp) & need a sign on my Little Free Library…

Image from LittleFreeLibrary.org Well, when I mean running out of books, I mean those meant for kids. The shelves of books I hold in reserve that I bought myself over the years for kids to read, not my main collection. I have a handful of families that started using it when I first put it … Continue reading Running out of books (gasp) & need a sign on my Little Free Library…

Q #159: What are some great ways you know of to make icy steps safer (or de-ice them) quickly when you live where typical treatments aren’t sold?

Down here in Southeast Texas, there's not one brick and mortar location with any de-icing solution beyond the basic antifreeze you put in the car (and by the time they special ordered it, the crazy weather would be over). Not much help when you're in the middle of it. I started by researching the kitty … Continue reading Q #159: What are some great ways you know of to make icy steps safer (or de-ice them) quickly when you live where typical treatments aren’t sold?

Humane Critter Control: The guide to natural, nontoxic pest solutions to protect your yard & garden, by Theresa Rooney

My Copy: 9781591866961 (image from bn.com) I gotta admit, after watching my watermelons disappear and my red noodle beans end up with those weird orange bugs crawling all over them, and me basically giving up til next season... let's just say this book came at the right time. Humane Critter Control is not a thick … Continue reading Humane Critter Control: The guide to natural, nontoxic pest solutions to protect your yard & garden, by Theresa Rooney

Life’s Exquisite Weirdness Pays Me a Visit When I’m Around Coffee…

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…

I Was Told to Skip the Old Testament & Start With The New… You Can’t Say That To a Historian!

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!

How to Stop Feeling Like Sh*t: 14 habits that are holding you back from happiness, by Andrea Owen

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

I think I’m starting to get out of my own way: re-examining my box

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

Take the Mic: the Art of Performance Poetry, Slam, and the Spoken Word, by Marc Kelly Smith & Joe Kraynak

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