I've been trying to find new ways to eat healthier the past few days, and spent time making salads for myself (and the birds, so to speak) while getting my schedule back on track. Yesterday was a pretty good trial run, and today seems to have done pretty well. But I was worried because I … Continue reading Staving off those demons of food temptation with… moderation & good timing?
My Copy: 9780316204323 (image from bn.com) I've browsed through this writing guide before, and if you get long-winded like I tend to get at times (go ahead and snicker, I'll wait), then this is a great tool to read through. It's got a few exercises to try, but isn't a workbook. How to Write Short … Continue reading How to Write Short: Word craft for fast times, by Roy Peter Clark
I got to thinking about what would make me--in this day and age--get really scared out of my wits and insist on protecting myself in the harshest possible way. I finally figured out the scenarios that scare the willies out of me, but perhaps some won't be all that uncommon or unusual as we might … Continue reading Five scenarios where I might shoot (or stab) first & ask questions later.
(image from phys.org) When the Trolls, Swatters and Instigators Crawl Out of Cyberspace...damn. I wondered how long it would take for this "Fake News" train, the swatting, bullying, virus-spreading the army of Trolls on the internet to lead to deaths. India's finding that out firsthand. There are plenty of examples where what trolls and instigators … Continue reading #076–Blitz Q: How much more trolling & fake news would it take for the social media violence going on in India to happen in the U.S. (or is it already starting)?
My Copy: 9781635653366 (image from rodale books) A lot of what we're seeing in the news today has a lot to do with dangerous personalities, and it's a plus to read a book like this. Now, this 2017 edition does briefly mention a certain political figure, but he's not diagnosing him. If anything, clinicians apparently … Continue reading Dangerous Personalities: An FBI Profiler Shows You How to Identify and Protect Yourself From Harmful People, by Joe Navarro
I think all plasma donation sites should have this on the home page: if you have veins that like to hide or jump at the elbow and you have a hard time giving blood, don't bother showing up to donate plasma!!! That would've saved some time and made my day better. I tried to go … Continue reading Nurses and needles and veins, oh my! Prepping before donating blood or plasma.
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
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
My Copy: 9780374500016 (image from amazon.com) I've read this thin book several times, but I can't help still taking more than a day to read it. I let the language of the new translation soak in a bit. The style is unique in short memoirs, and you're basically right there with Mr. Wiesel as he … Continue reading Night, by Elie Wiesel
So, the third part of this book is a mixed bag of flavors and tastes. This is where some of that "personal preference" comes into play. but with so much variety there's something for everybody to enjoy: