I know, I know. The Holidays (dun-dun-DUN!) bring that out for a ton of people. But really, it isn't so much that. I haven't been depressed in the sense of feeling sad; it's more that feeling where things are pointless or you've mentally checked out. I recognized the depression after three mid-afternoon naps again. I … Continue reading When depression makes you stupid, & dealing with it…
photo credit: SeattleTimes.com (David Horsey, op ed 11-17-2020) I saw a few clips about this nurse's tweet. From South Dakota, Nurse Jodi Doering finally had to express herself on her night off. I don't have Twitter, but you can find her viral tweet without much difficulty, I assume. The gist of it is even while … Continue reading For those (like me) who assumed deniers that get COVID-19 will finally see the light… not so fast.
If a group of scientists came out and said that millions of Americans were suffering PTSD from surviving 2020 (so far), that wouldn't surprise me a bit. Each day I see more posts about trying to be positive or do something, or posts about having difficulty dealing with what was going on lately. For myself, … Continue reading The months of This American Madness have robbed me of my mind…
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: 9780867195972 (image from bn.com) Barefoot Gen, volume 6 continues with our plucky and occasionally violent hero, Gen, his friends, and family trying to survive on meager rations and wits even a few years after the Hiroshima bomb dropped. We start with Gen, Ryuta and the kids trying to sell skulls with kanji curses … Continue reading Barefoot Gen, vol 6: Writing the Truth, 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)
Sometimes I wonder if I'm fooling myself. Scratch that. It's in the back of my mind every day. I'm always wondering if I'm fooling myself, that I believe I'll find some talent deep within, nurture it, and make my life more complete, better. Into something resembling what I want. But each day I wake up … Continue reading Making genuine life changes vs. wasting lots of time.
My Copy: 9780807014295 (image from amazon.com) Maybe it's the "December Dumps" that have been hitting me hard, or it's the crazy work schedule that's made me lose sight of the things I'm trying to work toward. All I know is when I picked this book up Christmas Eve and started to read, I have to … Continue reading Man’s Search for Meaning, by Viktor E. Frankl
My Copy: 9780809023097 (image from amazon.com) Previously titled The Accident, Day is the last book of the Night trilogy and the second fiction book of the series. I found this one a tough read, with questions that kept me going long after I closed the book. Day is about an anonymous narrator who is with … Continue reading Day (The Night Trilogy, #3), by Elie Wiesel