I shouldn't have been totally surprised this morning, but I still was. I've noticed an awful trend where every time I have to get disposable batteries (especially the bigger sizes, like D-batts), they just don't last. At first, I figured it was the whole "don't buy store brand batts because they're not nearly as good" … Continue reading Q#146: Disposable batteries officially suck; why are they so lousy when you need them most?
I got to thinking about what would make me--in this day and age--get really scared out of my wits and insist on protecting myself in the harshest possible way. I finally figured out the scenarios that scare the willies out of me, but perhaps some won't be all that uncommon or unusual as we might … Continue reading Five scenarios where I might shoot (or stab) first & ask questions later.
I suppose it's a natural consequence of not wanting to talk on the phone so late (and trying to relax after getting bitten by dozens of mosquitoes while working outside). I just lost my cool and all the issues that've been coming up lately--the abortion-bans, creationist rhetoric, etc.--burst out of me. My dad's friend called … Continue reading I forgot what it was like to argue with a Trump supporter… til tonight.
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: 9781935429029 (image from bn.com) The gang is back, and Tetsuo is determined to find and meet Akira...whatever that means. According to the adults, it can only mean something really, really bad. Akira (volume 2) focuses again on the teens Kaneda, Tetsuo, Kei and the experimental children (Kyoko, Masaru, and Takashi). The characters and … Continue reading Akira (volume 2), by Katsuhiro Otomo
My Copy: 9780199267170 I paired these two poems in one post because they weren't that long and it took me a bit longer to make sure I got the gist of them. I was lost in the language again, though the stories are relatively straight-forward. It's how the subjects are treated that's so different. The poems … Continue reading “Venus and Adonis” & “The Rape of Lucrece,” from The Oxford Shakespeare: The Complete Works, by W. Shakespeare
My copy: 9780071385640 (image from amazon.com) It took me a little while to read this book. Not that it was overly-clinical and complex, but rather it was saturated with information that needed some careful reading and analyzing. The Disease to Please is a great book for anybody who has difficulty measuring their self-worth compared to … Continue reading The Disease to Please: Curing the People-Pleasing Syndrome, by Harriet B. Braiker, Ph.D.
There's something about music that reaches in, even when you haven't heard a song (or an album for that matter) in a decade. Then, when things are just right--or wrong--it grabs you out of the blue. That's what happened to me last night. And it led me down some strange avenues of thought. I was … Continue reading Wake Me Up When (November 2018) Ends…
Are the dogs trying to find a spot to poo that is close to those other dogs, or far away from them? After some more research, it seems to be either...depending on the situation.
When the book was being written in the late 1990s, stalking laws all over the country were being overhauled or just implemented to make it a much harsher crime on the books. The book's a time-capsule in one sense, showing the early days of recognizing an old nuisance for the possibly dangerous crime it is.