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…
I will admit, a big part of my current mess is a combination of depressive dumps and pure laziness that I've had trouble shaking off. When I snap out of it, though, I am more than capable of rolling up my sleeves and dealing with a great big mess and putting everything where it needs … Continue reading Why I’m sure my house will never have Good Housekeeping’s seal of approval…
I suppose when it's been an anniversary week like this, emotions and daily life will wreak havoc with careful plans. It wasn't just the emotional baggage, but I've also dealt with a ton of screaming kiddos during camp for several hours a day all week. That didn't help my attempts to be calm, cool, and … Continue reading Trying not to let a bad week derail my efforts…
Some of you, dear readers, who have read previous posts about me, my family, and what I was up to, may have guessed at a few truths I wasn't ready to reveal. However, I will also say that this true story was not the reason I suddenly changed my mind about suicide and the idea … Continue reading Why I stopped believing that suicide is always a selfish act: reflections & a true story.
I think this one's been bugging me since the day my mom told me--when I was doing research and reading the Bible--that I just needed to read the New Testament first. It's been so long ago I'm assuming she meant go back for the Old Testament later, but for all I know, maybe she said … Continue reading #102–Why does the Christian Bible Contain the Old as well as the New Testament?
Well, it took two and three-fourths years, but I definitely hit the 100 questions which were one of the main reasons I started this blog (general stuff and book reviews were the others). Of course, I have a couple thousand more rattling around in the noggin, so don't be surprised as the numbers just keep … Continue reading The Inquisitive “mile”: re-tackling questions #076-100 (& more below)
Welp, not gonna turn out the way I thought. What I figured might be a bad twisted ankle that just needed icing and resting the rest of the night kept me awake every time I moved it. So I sucked it up and went to a local E.R.--bad sprain. When I described what happened to … Continue reading Personal Promises, Making Changes, and Murphy’s Law, PART 2.
My Copy: 9780684837871 (image from goodreads.com. My copy has the old Scribner cover art I can't find for an image) I'm batting 0 for 2 so far with Ernest Hemingway. I stopped at page 134, and was so frustrated I went straight to bed afterward, determined to put it in my catch-and-release pile. Islands in … Continue reading Islands in the Stream, by Ernest Hemingway
My Copy: 9780684829579 (image from bn.com) I had a hard time getting through this slim volume because there was just so much to it. The writing style is pretty lofty for those who aren't expecting it, and the first few pages could throw you for a loop. I still got sucked in anyway, because it … Continue reading The Empty Space, A book about the theatre: Deadly, Holy, Rough, Immediate, by Peter Brook
image from navy.mil I was thinking about some things I'd read about WWII and remembered a question my dad had. He couldn't watch movies like The Longest Day (too damned long and he hated it) and probably couldn't watch Saving Private Ryan for too long... if he saw much of any of it. It wasn't … Continue reading #091–Was There a Better, Less Costly Way to do the Normandy Invasion in WWII?