The Silence of the Lambs (Hannibal Lecter #2) by Thomas Harris

My Copy: 0312924585 (Image from bn.com) Hannibal Lecter is back and smoother than before. Reading about him is like a slow burn of a good long leg stretch, feeling that tension, and then the knee locks and you feel the jolt of an abrupt pop and the burn after makes you anxious. The Silence of … Continue reading The Silence of the Lambs (Hannibal Lecter #2) by Thomas Harris

Edible Schoolyard: A universal idea, by Alice Waters

My Copy: 9780811862806 (image from amazon.com) I'd set this in my to-read stack quite a while ago, and it was a tough book to find the first time I went looking for it (I'd grabbed pretty much anything written by or about Alice Waters that week). But this is a pretty good book for pre-teens … Continue reading Edible Schoolyard: A universal idea, by Alice Waters

Revisiting my plans to quit my job: to jump without a safety net, or not?

A few days ago, down in the dumps and letting things wash over me, I thought about really quitting my job. Now, I'm of the opinion that I need to hand in my two weeks notice today. Without a safety net. Without a job lined up and already ready to go. Because all I know … Continue reading Revisiting my plans to quit my job: to jump without a safety net, or not?

I’m considering quitting my job for possibly silly (or just minuscule) reasons…

I can't think of the last time I honestly sat here and said to myself "yeah, time to start looking for another job." Not that I figured I'd be at this one forever, but it had some things going for it, and I was used to it and didn't mind it. But apparently, I like … Continue reading I’m considering quitting my job for possibly silly (or just minuscule) reasons…

Confederate Statues Have Got to Go. A White Southern Woman Weighs In…

Taking down statues of people in states of rebellion who were fighting for and openly supporting an immoral system is NOT erasing history: it's history MAKING. Actually, it's also correcting the record. Those statues were an attempt to erase history already: the history of the gains made during the 1867-1877 Reconstruction era... gains allowed to … Continue reading Confederate Statues Have Got to Go. A White Southern Woman Weighs In…

Stride Toward Freedom: The Montgomery Story, by Martin Luther King, Jr.

My Copy: 9780807000694 (image from bn.com) I had to read this book in college for my U.S. Social Movements class, and I remember enjoying the hell out of it for a class read. Stride Toward Freedom is the earliest autobiographical book by MLK Jr. It isn't entirely chronological, and does jump around a little bit … Continue reading Stride Toward Freedom: The Montgomery Story, by Martin Luther King, Jr.

A police reckoning has arrived (from Square Cop in a Round World’s blog)

I was wondering when I'd find more than a sound-byte or photo regarding police and what they think about all this that's going on: the riots, Mr. Floyd's death, the "bad apples." Well, there's a voice out there I like to read, and though sometimes I'm not sure how I feel about what she's saying … Continue reading A police reckoning has arrived (from Square Cop in a Round World’s blog)

Barefoot Gen, vol 10: Never Give Up, by Keiji Nakazawa

My Copy: 9780867196016 (image from bn.com) This one's a bit tricky to describe, as it's the last of the series. It's satisfying in one way and has so much in it that it probably could've made enough material for two more books. It's not some super-thick volume, it's just a lot that's tackled in these … Continue reading Barefoot Gen, vol 10: Never Give Up, by Keiji Nakazawa

Maintenance is far better than having to do a major fix later…

Funny how that could apply to a house or the human body--both, in my case. I mean, the maintenance part will work well with the house (working on that). The body's nearly at "gotta fix what's broke" stage. I'm not saying that because I hate my body or anything (okay, I'll admit, sometimes I do--a … Continue reading Maintenance is far better than having to do a major fix later…

Personal Promises, Making Changes, and Murphy’s Law

I kept looking at my e-mails and my schedule earlier and decided to RSVP to an event. It's technically all weekend, coming and going and all, and if things go right, I can be there between shifts. They have a preview weekend where I like to get my musical instruments, a chance to meet the … Continue reading Personal Promises, Making Changes, and Murphy’s Law