My Copy: 9781401324391 (image from rareseeds.com) I'll just say right now that I'm a huge buyer of heirloom seeds from Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Company. When that seed catalog showed up in my mailbox, thicker than my town's phone book... let's just say it's the first time I thumbed through a catalog cover to cover … Continue reading The Heirloom Life Gardener: The Baker Creek way of growing your own food easily & naturally, by Jere & Emilee Gettle with Meghan Sutherland
This one's been bugging me for a long time, and certainly the past couple of weeks with the Texas Winter Catastrophuck of 2021. There's a line about some government funding that would help the corporations during the Iraq War from Fahrenheit 9/11. One of the attendees at a conference said, "It's gonna be good for … Continue reading Q #159: When has something run by the American government been good for corporations AND the people at the same time?
I know that many locations closed down in March because they were forced to by state regs. The Hobby Lobby nearest to me closed last Saturday. I was there the Friday before for a few things I couldn't find elsewhere, and was gonna get some bandannas for extra face protection so I didn't have to … Continue reading Well, Hobby Lobby is shut down for a while… & I’m amazed that I don’t care.
After a crazy week, that's just one among many this crazy summer, and leaving the office over an hour and a half late tonight... let's just say I'm doing some careful thinking again. My bizarre summer schedule will only get more bizarre for the next couple of weeks until things have calmed down and we're … Continue reading Recapturing dreams when all is so uncertain.
My Copy: 9780385477819 (image from bn.com) I've always wanted to understand science better, and I've been impressed with Michio Kaku's approach to explaining it in documentaries and whatnot. I had to tackle his explanations in book form, and began with this one. Beyond Einstein gives more than the theory of relativity that we've been used … Continue reading Beyond Einstein: The Cosmic Quest for the theory of the Universe
My Copy: 9780802130914 (image from pinterest) Well, after digging into the plays of Shakespeare for a few weeks, I have to say this one was worlds away in every way imaginable...so far. I'd always heard of Glengarry Glen Ross, and had no idea what the hell it was about. Of course, the movie's out there … Continue reading Glengarry Glen Ross, by David Mamet
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?
The landlines have been out since mid-Sunday. The power was out for about 16 hours and flickered a bit. My cellphone sucks and barely gets texts unless I turn it toward the window just right in not-so-windy weather (which cuts off calls, too). The cable was gone for two days, the Internet for nearly three. … Continue reading 2 days cut off from the outside world (thanks, Harvey) and I haven’t hung myself. Guess I’m not an internet addict…?
DISCLAIMER: I am not a parent, so I will humbly request that you put your pitchforks & torches away for a few minutes...or at least go sharpen the blades in a quiet corner. Thanks. I don't know how I ended up reading or researching on this a couple of weeks ago--I just know it's an intriguing … Continue reading #024–Is it okay to ban kids from certain restaurants (or at certain times)?
Photo credit: Bill Brooks/Creative Commons I remember the first time I saw a prescription medication advertised on the t.v. It was either for Celebrex or Claritin, and at first I didn't pay much attention--I just thought it was a new drug to see in the store. Then they said the magic words: "Ask your doctor." … Continue reading #017–Who is really in charge of a patient’s health: the doctor, insurance, or Big Pharma?