An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth, by Col. Chris Hadfield

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

Rebel Without a Crew, or, How a 23-Year-Old Film-maker with $7,000 Became a Hollywood Player, by Robert Rodriguez

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

Confessions of a Murder Suspect, by James Patterson & Maxine Paetro

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

#069–Why is it EVERY TIME I take actual steps to make positive changes in my life, I suddenly get sick?

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?

A Man Named Dave, by Dave Pelzer

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

A Child Called “It,” 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

Hidden Figures: The American Dream & the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race, by Margo Lee Shetterly

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.

#021–How do you find a non-profit to work for (& be paid for it)?

Well, yesterday's musing post made me dive into this question a bit deeper. I'm really wanting to find my niche, and I love volunteering for things I'm interested in and believe in. As a docent/tour guide at my volunteering stint, I wish I could do it all the time. The people who come in to … Continue reading #021–How do you find a non-profit to work for (& be paid for it)?

First day back in the gym & now I’m all mellow & sleepy…mmm…

Yeah, that's probably the face I had in the middle of my workout, right up top there. That's something I forgot about when it comes to getting good exercise in the morning. I woke up and got ready for my day, packing my work clothes in my gym bag and out the door. Lately, when I'd done workouts at the gym, I'd been on the recumbent bike for half an hour.