Aww...look at that cutie-patootie. That's my boy, once he stopped scratching his back on the grass just a few days ago. He looked up at me like "what are you doing with that phone?" Then he just started panting and wagging that tail. Well, I got home late and the pups really needed to go … Continue reading My Dog Just Killed a Possum. Scared the Hell Out of Me!
My mother called me out of the blue last week. I don't think we'd spoken in over a year, but all of a sudden she was on my phone, and I suspected why now: she knew my dad was dead. I didn't tell her because I didn't know how to tell her. I can't recall … Continue reading Life’s Exquisite Weirdness Pays Me a Visit When I’m Around Coffee…
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?
I'm a bit ticked off because I was hoping that by now, I'd be listening to a presentation and lecture on the other side of Houston. Instead, here I am cleaning and wondering if a family friend is going to show up or not...again. Seth Andrews is in Houston and I really wanted to hear … Continue reading #090–When can/should you go from healing a relationship to cutting & running?
I'd heard a lot about The Winter's Tale, but don't know anybody offhand that's read it, and haven't seen it advertised as being on stage in a while. For a fantasy romance, I suppose it works, and it's definitely far-fetched with the way family is split and reunited and all that stuff (hey, when the … Continue reading “The Winter’s Tale,” from The Oxford Shakespeare: The Complete Works, by W. Shakespeare
I suppose we can chalk the negativity you're about to read to some kind of "law of higher expectations." I expected to like this play, because I love history and I've read and heard a lot about Cleopatra and Marc Antony since I was young. Yes, everything was contradictory between fiction and non-fiction, and sources … Continue reading “The Tragedy of Antony and Cleopatra,” from The Oxford Shakespeare: The Complete Works, by W. Shakespeare
Apologies--internet went out or this would've been posted late Christmas Day for my "12 days of Shakespeare". Anyhoo... Measure for Measure is probably the best of the plays featuring complex scheming and bait-and-switch that I've read so far. I love the characters for the most part, even the despicable ones because their nature is quite … Continue reading “Measure for Measure,” from The Oxford Shakespeare: The Complete Works, by W. Shakespeare
My Copy: 9780679735250 (image from npr.org, link to recently published version) I blame my incessant watching of Apocalypse Now for making me read this book at this moment...though it wasn't a hard sell. I'd wanted to read it for some time, and I'm glad I did. Dispatches is kind of an experience, and a much … Continue reading Dispatches, by Michael Herr
I think that number's about accurate. I had the thoughts coming in the past few days, but I've been so exhausted I haven't had a chance to think properly. They came to a head yesterday with a crying and screaming fit that worked me into a near migraine. First of all, I was avoiding the … Continue reading I’m having 16,000 second thoughts about the “family moving in” thing, & I’m hoping like hell it’s not too late…
Dad came home today, in a very shiny pewter urn with the paperwork I needed for all the damned legalese meant to prevent greedy idiots from trying to take away all he built. The urn was heavy and bigger than I thought it would be, but nicely engraved with dad's name on it. In the … Continue reading There’s just something odd about bringing a person’s ashes back home…