Bulimia: A Guide to Recovery (25th anniversary edition), by Lindsey Hall & Leigh Cohn

My Copy: 9780936077512 (image from bn.com) It's not hard to imagine that the numbers of those suffering from an eating disorder have only increased, even as information about the dangers of eating disorders has only become more widespread. Our current obesity levels are higher than ever before while obsession with body image is about the … Continue reading Bulimia: A Guide to Recovery (25th anniversary edition), by Lindsey Hall & Leigh Cohn

One of my confusions regarding humans as “born with a sinful nature” (or whatever the heck you call it)…

I couldn't figure out what exactly bothered me so much about the notion that according to Christian thought, we're all born as sinners and have to be redeemed (even though the sin we're begging forgiveness for seems to have happened millennia before we were born). I'd been trying to put this confusion into words all … Continue reading One of my confusions regarding humans as “born with a sinful nature” (or whatever the heck you call it)…

“2 Henry IV (aka, “The Second Part of Henry the Fourth”) from The Oxford Shakespeare: The Complete Works, by W. Shakespeare

It's kind of odd how I got the gist of this one better than 1 Henry IV, and yet it just didn't feel as good. It felt a bit muted, as if Shakespeare was having fun experimenting and biding his time, but ultimately, there wasn't much cohesiveness to it. 2 Henry IV is about King … Continue reading “2 Henry IV (aka, “The Second Part of Henry the Fourth”) from The Oxford Shakespeare: The Complete Works, by W. Shakespeare

#061–How do you keep parents from trying to pay off your debts for you?

I'm sure there's some startled blinking going on at that question. I mean, who the hell wouldn't want somebody else to pay their debts off, really? You probably wouldn't be the first; I haven't found any articles about this very concern. Most of Google is focused on debt consolidation or asking parents if they think … Continue reading #061–How do you keep parents from trying to pay off your debts for you?

The Disease to Please: Curing the People-Pleasing Syndrome, by Harriet B. Braiker, Ph.D.

My copy: 9780071385640 (image from amazon.com) It took me a little while to read this book. Not that it was overly-clinical and complex, but rather it was saturated with information that needed some careful reading and analyzing. The Disease to Please is a great book for anybody who has difficulty measuring their self-worth compared to … Continue reading The Disease to Please: Curing the People-Pleasing Syndrome, by Harriet B. Braiker, Ph.D.

#054–Why do guests whose political views differ from their hosts on cable “news” shows even bother to show up?

I refuse to watch most cable news programming. But living where I live, I can't help hearing them once in a while. Last night I was making tea and caught a few minutes of whatever-her-name is and Vicente Fox on a certain network, and it just annoyed the hell out of me. I’m at the … Continue reading #054–Why do guests whose political views differ from their hosts on cable “news” shows even bother to show up?

“The Taming of the Shrew,” from The Oxford Shakespeare: The Complete Works, by W. Shakespeare

My Copy: 9780199267170 I had a hard time getting through this one. I was confused a little as to the behavior of many of the characters, and finally the ending made me a little mad at first. I had to take some time to read it again, and some analyses made of the story. My … Continue reading “The Taming of the Shrew,” from The Oxford Shakespeare: The Complete Works, by W. Shakespeare

#052–How do you deal with “preaching” strangers in public when you’re not religious?

Or, if you hate being preached at, how do you deal if you ARE religious? This is something that's cropped up quite a bit, and I'd be surprised if the next one actually looked like Dana Carvey's Church Lady. At least an elderly lady wouldn't creep me out so much. I've had a handful of … Continue reading #052–How do you deal with “preaching” strangers in public when you’re not religious?

#046–How much would the conversation change if the media focused on the victims instead of the killers?

(Image from theconversation.com) I am one of those people. I am a true crime book reader, and a fan of movies, miniseries, documentaries, and t.v. shows about true crime. I find myself watching, fascinated, by what's going on, or what happened in a particular case. It's not about a fascination with the killer exactly; it's … Continue reading #046–How much would the conversation change if the media focused on the victims instead of the killers?