From Brain Pickings: “The Great Czech Playwright Turned Dissident Turned President Václav Havel on Hope”

I think I read this article four times today and just kept thinking about it, and about this man and the interesting life he led even though imprisonment and a regime that couldn't allow for change... until he did it himself. At least, I haven't read the book he published yet (sigh--another book to put … Continue reading From Brain Pickings: “The Great Czech Playwright Turned Dissident Turned President Václav Havel on Hope”

Re-purposing commercial or religious properties, or letting imagination take over older architecture with interesting results…

The article that inspired this contemplation can be found here and at the end of the post. I often look around when I'm out somewhere and there are pretty big chunks of real estate that I'll see "for sale" or about to be torn down. It kind of makes me mad, even if the buildings … Continue reading Re-purposing commercial or religious properties, or letting imagination take over older architecture with interesting results…

#094 Blitz Q: I’ve never seen Game of Thrones. Would you recommend the books, TV Series, or Both?

I am one of the dozen people with HBO that hasn't seen a SINGLE episode of Game of Thrones. And yet, that's all everybody's talking about. Never saw an episode, though I saw the Honest Trailer for the series (lotsa mentions of boobies, dragons, and swords, but that's it). I'm a big believer in reading … Continue reading #094 Blitz Q: I’ve never seen Game of Thrones. Would you recommend the books, TV Series, or Both?

Sunday, Boring Sunday: God, Guns, Family, Friends, & Paranoia… I’ve had enough.

First of all: This re-reading the Bible thing is going to take a LOOOONNNNG time. I'm not even halfway through Genesis and I've already got about 10 pages of notes and questions. Yes, I'm taking the Bible for what it is, reading it in order. All I can say is I'm remembering why I got … Continue reading Sunday, Boring Sunday: God, Guns, Family, Friends, & Paranoia… I’ve had enough.

My Christian Childhood & How it Might Have Helped Screw Up My Adulthood: A Theory.

I was reading an atheist's post earlier today and it got me thinking about issues I have trouble with regarding my family and my own beliefs. To be more precise, trouble regarding my upbringing with parent-approved, pre-packaged beliefs dropped into my brain. Mom-approved would be even-more precise. Dad was never religious and I don't think … Continue reading My Christian Childhood & How it Might Have Helped Screw Up My Adulthood: A Theory.

My Blog’s Name in Books (an off-kilter book ‘n tea post based on a challenge).

Kudos to fictionophile for something weird to get my creativity muscles a flexing, and remind me of the thousand or so books that still need reading. Yes, oh mistress-of-the-sacrificed-trees-and-ink-blood, I hear that foot tapping already. I tried to count my books again when I had trouble finding room on the shelf for all my wayward … Continue reading My Blog’s Name in Books (an off-kilter book ‘n tea post based on a challenge).