My Copy: 9780807000670 (image from goodreads.com, new cover art on link version) It took me a lot longer to read this last book of King's than I thought it would, but that's because it was so surreal and potent. Surreal because I had to stop and remind myself that this book was written in 1967 … Continue reading Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community?, by Martin Luther King, Jr.
I'm relieved my bestie didn't freak on me and go "what the crap is wrong with you?" when I decided that me and this opportunity are gonna have to go our separate ways. Because of privacy, I'm not divulging much about my work or the company. The big thing is I was in the running … Continue reading Passing up what could be a good opportunity, only to hope for a better one…
My Copy: 9780062871350 (image from bn.com) I saw the trailers for the movie, of course, and thought "damn, I need to see that." The next day, I saw the book in the window of Barnes and Noble and stopped. I had no idea it was a book, and neither did another lady who stopped near … Continue reading The Hate U Give, by Angie Thomas
My copy: 9781593859862 (image from amazon.com) I think this is a book everybody needs to read and keep in mind, because the more I got into it, the more I realized we're NOT very good listeners for the most part. At least, I know I certainly am not, and neither are a lot of the … Continue reading The Lost Art of Listening: How learning to listen can improve relationships, by Michael P. Nichols, PhD.
My Copy: 9780664262679 (image from amazon.com) Somewhere in the examples of family, friends, and churches, I've found myself not looking at Christianity as terribly relevant to me for over a decade. But this book is making me take another chance on Christianity--and myself--to find the good and spiritual. A Bigger Table is a fantastic read … Continue reading A Bigger Table: Building Messy, Authentic, and Hopeful Spiritual Community, by John Pavlovitz
Okay the image was actually from Return to Oz, but I like the look of Jack Pumpkinhead too much not to use it. There's something about the holidays that I just hate, and they come and go with the seasons. I'm annoyed by most holidays and wish we didn't make such a big deal about … Continue reading 5 (okay, 6) Reasons why Halloween is my favorite commercialized holiday
Oh boy--this one's been buzzing around my head for years. In some respects, if somebody doesn't choose to accept that climate change is really happening, and that humans are making it worse, that's their issue. The problem is, denial isn't doing us any favors in the long run. I've heard the arguments that we're destroying … Continue reading #036–What Would We Have to Lose By Believing in Human-made Climate Change?
With a world going to hell so quickly, we need the arts more than ever. They bring hope...and for that we need artists to keep cultural spirit alive and running...so don't give up, and maybe the arts will get the recognition they deserve.
Off and on since 2012, I've had my "Free Hugs" sign. Naturally, when it's cold or flu season, I put it away. I pull it out of my car and put it on a chair or my travel cart for people to see. Plenty of people read it, and either smile, look quizzical, chuckle, or scoff. Some mumble that nothing's for free and give me the hairy eyeball. Some are just beaming and come over with their arms out, ready to go. Some just come over to ask what it's all about, which is part of the reason I'm explaining today.
I wrote this yesterday, then saw such a wild outpouring of rage--on all sides--on the internet that I had to leave it on the hard drive and think about it. I guess I just couldn't figure out what to say anymore, what I could say. I've gone numb and very uncertain, but I decided that since … Continue reading One of those open-letter thingies…for the anti-Trump protesters, because I’m confused…