My Copy: 9780867196016 (image from bn.com) This one's a bit tricky to describe, as it's the last of the series. It's satisfying in one way and has so much in it that it probably could've made enough material for two more books. It's not some super-thick volume, it's just a lot that's tackled in these … Continue reading Barefoot Gen, vol 10: Never Give Up, by Keiji Nakazawa
My Copy: 9780867196009 (image from bn.com) This volume is a mix of juvenile hijinks done in the name of protest and Gen's knowledge that he's going to have to grow up and figure out what to do with his life. His family is scattered and Natsue is getting worse in her health, ready to die. … Continue reading Barefoot Gen, vol 9: Breaking Down Borders, by Keiji Nakazawa
My Copy: 9780867195996 (image from bn.com) This volume has a darker tone to it than some others, and that's even after all the death we've read about so far, and the challenges Gen and the other children have faced. Gen and Ryuta are trying hard to keep their families going (adopted and otherwise). I love … Continue reading Barefoot Gen, vol 8: Merchants of Death, by Keiji Nakazawa
My Copy: 9780867195941 (image from bn.com) Barefoot Gen, vol. 3 continues with Gen and his mother Kimie still trying to find a place for them away from Hiroshima until thing stabilize. Gen picks up a stray kid, one he'd mistaken for his little brother in the last book, and he becomes part of the family, … Continue reading Barefoot Gen, vol. 3: Life After The Bomb, by Keiji Nakazawa (trans. by Project Gen)
My Copy: 9780867196191 (image from bn.com) Whew--the first volume wanted to knock me down with what I'd read, the way Gen's family was portrayed and how things changed the day the bomb went off. Now, we're in the aftermath, the living death and struggle to survive... if one wants to survive at all. Barefoot Gen … Continue reading Barefoot Gen, Vol. 2: The Day After, by Keiji Nakazawa (trans. by Project Gen)
I learned three very important things today. The first is that "fish stress" is a real thing, and it doesn't take much. I guess I was surprised it took so long to manifest in a few of them, but yeah, it's very very true. The second thing is you can think things are going fine, … Continue reading Learning about fish the hard way…
I suppose when it's been an anniversary week like this, emotions and daily life will wreak havoc with careful plans. It wasn't just the emotional baggage, but I've also dealt with a ton of screaming kiddos during camp for several hours a day all week. That didn't help my attempts to be calm, cool, and … Continue reading Trying not to let a bad week derail my efforts…
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?