I kept looking at my e-mails and my schedule earlier and decided to RSVP to an event. It's technically all weekend, coming and going and all, and if things go right, I can be there between shifts. They have a preview weekend where I like to get my musical instruments, a chance to meet the … Continue reading Personal Promises, Making Changes, and Murphy’s Law
at least, there's a direction I'm going in. Between trying to clean this place and getting fed up with the rain, I've been trying to install shelves in my office. Yesterday I FINALLY finished them...and have to remind myself that I'd better not buy any more books for a while. One room (almost) down. The … Continue reading The year began pretty blah, but it’s getting somewhere…
I heard a little about this, but thanks to clearing out my house and trying to get my brain back on track and life moving on, I hadn't paid much if any attention to the news in a week. So, I missed this gem from a few days ago. Lawson Craddock I heard was from … Continue reading Lawson Craddock, or, a Houston athlete who made promises & kept on going…
My Copy: 9780316253031 (image from amazon.com) Well, now I'm back to my Canadian author after the holiday. Chris Hadfield is probably the best known astronaut of the 21st century so far, and no wonder when you read this book and see what all he got involved in. I haven't had the chance to read many … Continue reading An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth, by Col. Chris Hadfield
My Copy: 057117891X (image from austinchronicle.com, differs from mine because I got a British copy) I have to thank Werner Herzog for pointing this book in my direction, and it's so worth it. You could apply the labels of autobiography, shooting diary, and how-to to this book and it'd all be accurate. Rebel Without A … Continue reading Rebel Without a Crew, or, How a 23-Year-Old Film-maker with $7,000 Became a Hollywood Player, by Robert Rodriguez
My Copy: 9780316207003 (image from pinterest) I wasn't sure if this was a book I'd keep reading or put down. When I had nothing better to do, I started reading it again, and just kept going til I finished it. It's been probably 16 hours since I started it, and I was impressed. Confessions of … Continue reading Confessions of a Murder Suspect, by James Patterson & Maxine Paetro
I was doing wrapping up a stream of consciousness writing assignment (my faithful wastebasket next to me so I can hock up my lungs a bit at a time), writing away when it hit me. Could this be a psychosomatic issue? Can you get cold/flu/whatever-like symptoms in order to avoid something? My mind-body connection seems … Continue reading #069–Why is it EVERY TIME I take actual steps to make positive changes in my life, I suddenly get sick?
My Copy: 9780452281905 (image from amazon.com) The third stage of Pelzer's memoirs: his adulthood and the learning curve that never stops. I appreciate reading the honesty in the pages. Dave isn't a perfect person going "woe is me" when bad things happen; he's trying to understand them as best he can and falls into bad … Continue reading A Man Named Dave, by Dave Pelzer
My Copy: 9781558743663 (image courtesy alibris.com) The first time I read this book, I spent most of those two hours curled up on my bed with my left hand over my mouth, eyes wide, with an occasional head-shake of disbelief while my right hand turned the pages. I didn't know much about the prevalence of … Continue reading A Child Called “It,” by Dave Pelzer
I bought this one on a whim while at Barnes & Noble because I'm a space nerd & I wasn't going to wait for it to come out in paperback while it was right there in front of me. What really surprised me was my best friend--who I don't think of as a nonfiction fan--started gushing about it & demanded that I read it.