Blitz Q #148: Where the hell did we go so wrong with basic consideration of others (re: masks) in the U.S.A.?

It's been a doozy of a week, good and not so good stuff. I've been tired as hell and trying to get things put together and educate myself. All in all, if you asked me what the heck I actually did, I couldn't tell you much. But with more stories about infection rates spiking, restrictions … Continue reading Blitz Q #148: Where the hell did we go so wrong with basic consideration of others (re: masks) in the U.S.A.?

The end of an era; or, the “squawking green chicken” has flown the coop forever…

It's 5:30 a.m. and I just got in from burying my 28 year old green cheeked Amazon in the yard. I knew something was up with him, but it was the alarmed squeaking and wing-flapping from my parakeets that clued me in that something was amiss. And when I looked to see if there was … Continue reading The end of an era; or, the “squawking green chicken” has flown the coop forever…

I don’t understand the seething hate conservatives seem to have for liberals…

I haven't been north of my house for shopping or anything else in several weeks, certainly not before the mask mandates for the whole state came down. I went to a dollar store about a mile north of my house this morning for coffee creamer (because the world ends in this place if there is … Continue reading I don’t understand the seething hate conservatives seem to have for liberals…

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.