Hannibal Rising (Hannibal Lecter #4), by Thomas Harris

My Copy: 9780440242864 (image from bn.com) This is definitely the shortest book of the bunch, and might be a bit confusing at times because of the pace, but is definitely a page-turner half-way through. I had to stay up til 2am to finish it because it wouldn't leave me alone. Hannibal Rising is about the … Continue reading Hannibal Rising (Hannibal Lecter #4), 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

Q#155: Is it time to re-assess teaching kids that they HAVE to share, especially siblings?

Okay, this is gonna require some explanation. And no, I haven't changed my last name to Scrooge for the hell of it. Bah, humbug, 2020! Anyway, I was looking at a lot of posts in Reddit and other places and noticed the surge of posts regarding "sharing" Christmas gifts. More specifically, parents insisting that something … Continue reading Q#155: Is it time to re-assess teaching kids that they HAVE to share, especially siblings?

Q #152: Is it better to have fresh vegetables or cooked vegetables… or “who gives a damn, just eat your veggies!”?

I think I've figured out why my plans to get lots of veggies in my system (and curb my cravings for quickie carbs and sugars by trying to eat healthier) have backfired so damn much. I typically start the same ways: go to the store and get those bagged salads to try some different flavors … Continue reading Q #152: Is it better to have fresh vegetables or cooked vegetables… or “who gives a damn, just eat your veggies!”?

Running on Empty: Overcome your childhood emotional neglect, by Jonice Webb, PhD.

My Copy: 9781614482420 (image from bn.com) Running on Empty is a book I needed to pick up and I'm glad I did. We often look at our lives in terms of the things that happened, whether it was great days at the beach or field trips or homework or whatever else when we were kids. … Continue reading Running on Empty: Overcome your childhood emotional neglect, by Jonice Webb, PhD.

Too Much & Never Enough: How my family created the world’s most dangerous man, by Mary L. Trump, Ph.D.

My Copy: 9781982141462 (image from bn.com) I started reading this yesterday when I had nothing else to do during a power outage (as it's been hot as hell thanks to that hurricane passing by). I finished it a couple of hours ago, and had to think about how strange it was to read this book. … Continue reading Too Much & Never Enough: How my family created the world’s most dangerous man, by Mary L. Trump, Ph.D.

Barefoot Gen, vol 1, by Keiji Nakazawa (trans. by Project Gen)

My Copy: 9780867196023 (image from bn.com) I'm trying to remember where and when I first heard or saw Barefoot Gen mentioned, but it was either in regard to graphic novels and their place in the classroom, or it was some internet analysts breaking down anime styles and stories over the years. Perhaps it was both. … Continue reading Barefoot Gen, vol 1, by Keiji Nakazawa (trans. by Project Gen)

#107–Blitz Q: What’s with pre-teen boys & mumbling all the time?

Can't help the pic--Mumbles from Dick Tracy always cracked me up, especially the stenographer's reaction to his speech. Anyhoo, I was talking to my neighbor yesterday when she brought over some stuff and gave her a cup of coffee. I watch her kiddo most mornings, and I swear, he's at that pre-teen phase where he … Continue reading #107–Blitz Q: What’s with pre-teen boys & mumbling all the time?

I Was Told to Skip the Old Testament & Start With The New… You Can’t Say That To a Historian!

This came out of the Ether when I remembered the first time I tried to truly study the Bible on my own. I'm almost done with my illustrated children's Bible (might as well start with the cliffs notes version) and then I'm going to compare and contrast the wording in my original KJV Bible and … Continue reading I Was Told to Skip the Old Testament & Start With The New… You Can’t Say That To a Historian!

#087–What the Heck are Christian Apologists?

Okay, this one's been bugging me off and on for a year. I see the term dropped randomly in questioning blogs, atheist blogs and videos, Christian articles, etc. It seems self-evident to a lot of people, but not to me. And I think it's the term. When I first heard the word "apologetics," I first … Continue reading #087–What the Heck are Christian Apologists?