My Copy: 051488005995 (image from readmekids.com) I've signed up for a bunch of online writing classes and started remembering how much Judy Blume I read as a kid. And I didn't hesitate to buy this old favorite...a VERY old favorite. Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing is the first story in the "Fudge" series of … Continue reading Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing, by Judy Blume
My copy: 9780071385640 (image from amazon.com) It took me a little while to read this book. Not that it was overly-clinical and complex, but rather it was saturated with information that needed some careful reading and analyzing. The Disease to Please is a great book for anybody who has difficulty measuring their self-worth compared to … Continue reading The Disease to Please: Curing the People-Pleasing Syndrome, by Harriet B. Braiker, Ph.D.
Out of curiosity, I took the Briggs-Myers personality test a few months ago. They were right when they said the results might be eerie...they called me a "moderator" type (at least some of my fave actors, scientists, and writers have the same type--makes me feel a bit better). I felt like yes, okay, it's just … Continue reading Learning to say “no” for your health
I’m not usually a re-blogger, but there seem to be quite a few good ones this week…and I can see the people described very clearly in these words in my own past and present…and the new generation coming up. Hope we can let civility reign again, and learn how to deal with disappointment
“War is what happens when language fails.”
— Margaret Atwood
We all fight with someone, even the people we love the most. We fought all the time, nearly daily for some, but it’s rare we reach for physical violence to get our point across. It is common to reach for emotional savagery at the slightest threat to our self-image, our way of thinking, or our sense of control. Real or perceived we are quick to hate, to degrade, and to cut off people around us for the smallest transgression because we have lost the ability to really tell one another how we feel, and to really listen to the feelings of another.
We’ve all utilized violence at some point on siblings or schoolmates. Some have hit their children or had to fight a stranger. Worse are those who have struck a spouse, a parent, an animal. I’ve seen it all and done…
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This is going to take more introspection than I am used to, but it's about damned time. My work in getting rid of the crap around my house has slowed down to a crawl, though I'm going to knock 1 or 2 spaces off my list this afternoon while the weather is great and the … Continue reading A Place for Me at Home
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
I should always remember--dynamite comes in small packages. With this book, it's proof for me that it's not so much the message, because there're thousands of self-help books on the market, but it's the presentation.
That's been the trend here today: quiet. People waiting in line started out the day really quiet with placid expressions (especially the ladies). I mean, I couldn't tell if the people I saw had stayed up all night and were still bleary-eyed or they were disappointed at the result. Trump is the winner. Something about that leaves a bad taste in my mouth, but I've been carrying that bad taste for over a year. One would think I'd be used to it by now.