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)

Q#120–Why are a lot of Americans squeamish about moms breast-feeding babies in public?

At least, it sure seems that way in the media, but the more I read, the more it's about 50/50 in negative and positive coverage and reactions. This is something I can't understand, because you have to feed the baby when it's hungry, and breastfeeding is one way to do it. In the evolutionary sense, … Continue reading Q#120–Why are a lot of Americans squeamish about moms breast-feeding babies in public?

Feeling like you’re good enough to put yourself out there in the world…

This could easily become another post about "impostor syndrome," but I think it goes far beyond that. Last weekend, when I was going to my piano lesson, one of the guys who worked there mentioned a recital that Sunday and that I could go or if I wanted to participate, let them know. I was … Continue reading Feeling like you’re good enough to put yourself out there in the world…

Why I Probably Won’t Let My Family Read My Works, Now or Ever Again…

It's one of those basic things I've read about so often when it comes to editing and/or before submitting your stuff. I've lost count the numbers of sites telling you to get your family reading what you have. Get them reading your work, because you'll get some useful criticism from people who care for you, … Continue reading Why I Probably Won’t Let My Family Read My Works, Now or Ever Again…

An Introduction to Film Analysis: Technique and Meaning in Narrative Film, by Michael Ryan & Melissa Lenos

My Copy: 9780826430021 (image from Bloomsbury publishing, though there are two different covers, it seems) I'm not sure how long ago I bought this skinny textbook, but I've thumbed through it a few times for my master's thesis. I know that's the main reason I bought it. As someone wanting to learn more about film-making, … Continue reading An Introduction to Film Analysis: Technique and Meaning in Narrative Film, by Michael Ryan & Melissa Lenos

The Brothers Karamazov, by Fyodor Dostoevsky

My Copy: 9781566195546 (image scanned by me) The Brothers Karamazov is Dostoevsky's last work, and tells the story of four brothers (3 legitimate, 1 not) who have been raised apart most of their lives and come together back at home with their disgraceful father. At some point, the father is murdered, and one of these … Continue reading The Brothers Karamazov, by Fyodor Dostoevsky

Texas Flags, by Robert Maberry, Jr.

My Copy: 9781585441662 (image from Brazoria County Historical Museum online) I gotta admit, other than the fact that it was a museum-trip impulse buy, I'm not entirely sure why I picked this book up a few years ago, though I did thumb through it for some visuals a couple of times. Hey, I'm a history … Continue reading Texas Flags, by Robert Maberry, Jr.

How to Win Friends & Influence People (special anniversary ed.), by Dale Carnegie

My Copy: 9780671027032 Of all the books I have, this is one of the handful that if someone asked to borrow it, I'd fork it over even without a guarantee of return. It's THAT necessary and THAT good a book--too good to hoard like gold, even if that's what it is to a clueless introvert like … Continue reading How to Win Friends & Influence People (special anniversary ed.), by Dale Carnegie

The Honourable Schoolboy, by John le Carre

My Copy: 9780143119739 The Honourable Schoolboy is the sequel to Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, part of what's known as the Karla trilogy by some readers. I'm intent on finishing this trilogy, though from what I understand--per leCarre's own comments--Karla and Smiley (our hero) do make appearances in other works. That said, I'm glad that I went … Continue reading The Honourable Schoolboy, by John le Carre