Choices & Chances, or, learning to finally use this quarantine period to my advantage…

To be clear, I'm pretty sure I DON'T have Covid-19. I had some minor symptoms that began to pile up earlier, but it very well could've been some other illnesses coming together (allergies, stomach irritations coming and going) added to the skyrocketing anxiety I was starting to have, making things feel worse than they actually … Continue reading Choices & Chances, or, learning to finally use this quarantine period to my advantage…

Mason Bee Revolution: How the hardest working bee can save the world one backyard at a time, by Dave Hunter & Jill Lightner

My Copy: 9781594859632 (image from bn.com) I was so glad to find this book while I was starting to work on my pollinator garden and the bee houses. It's got a slew of information about pollination and the bees themselves, but also things to watch out for in your yard or garden if you want … Continue reading Mason Bee Revolution: How the hardest working bee can save the world one backyard at a time, by Dave Hunter & Jill Lightner

Edible Schoolyard: A universal idea, by Alice Waters

My Copy: 9780811862806 (image from amazon.com) I'd set this in my to-read stack quite a while ago, and it was a tough book to find the first time I went looking for it (I'd grabbed pretty much anything written by or about Alice Waters that week). But this is a pretty good book for pre-teens … Continue reading Edible Schoolyard: A universal idea, by Alice Waters

A math problem just broke my brain, & now I’m questioning how the hell I can be sure of ANY basic algebra answer I come up with from now on…

I wasn't expecting this to happen. The video just showed up in my recommends and I took a look at it. And now I'm frustrated to hell. And SO FREAKING GLAD I'm not tutoring older kids in math anymore... because I would just confuse the hell out of them. I'll just say that though I … Continue reading A math problem just broke my brain, & now I’m questioning how the hell I can be sure of ANY basic algebra answer I come up with from now on…

The Heirloom Life Gardener: The Baker Creek way of growing your own food easily & naturally, by Jere & Emilee Gettle with Meghan Sutherland

My Copy: 9781401324391 (image from rareseeds.com) I'll just say right now that I'm a huge buyer of heirloom seeds from Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Company. When that seed catalog showed up in my mailbox, thicker than my town's phone book... let's just say it's the first time I thumbed through a catalog cover to cover … Continue reading The Heirloom Life Gardener: The Baker Creek way of growing your own food easily & naturally, by Jere & Emilee Gettle with Meghan Sutherland

The Hell of a prolonged creative paralysis, especially when it’s mostly your own fault.

The phrase popped up in my mind, out of the blue a few minutes ago. I didn't even know it was a legitimate thing until I Googled the phrase "creative paralysis." But apparently that's the proper term when it comes to what I've been beating myself up over the past several months. Writing notebooks have … Continue reading The Hell of a prolonged creative paralysis, especially when it’s mostly your own fault.

What Happened When a Nice Guy Ran Against a QAnon Candidate…

This one came from Diane Ravich's blog this morning. I briefly remember the name Kevin Van Ausdal and then didn't hear much of anything. And now I know why. If I was running for office, what he did and how he acted is probably how I would've been. But people wanted to be angry and … Continue reading What Happened When a Nice Guy Ran Against a QAnon Candidate…

I want to (eventually) learn bass guitar, but have really had little ear for it…

I've got two on the wall. I got to playing around (after my first few guitars--I know, I know) and all of a sudden saw an Ibanez that was very affordable on the wall. Got to playing with it, asking a bunch of questions about it, and snatched it up. It's very dark, not particularly … Continue reading I want to (eventually) learn bass guitar, but have really had little ear for it…

I may have orphaned myself yesterday, but only time (& more dreadful conversations) will tell…

It's become clear to me that other than our tempers, when it comes to the big things, my mother and I are polar opposites. I started yesterday morning off fine & was taking pics of some of what I was pulling from the garden (didn't want to risk losing them to the storm). We had … Continue reading I may have orphaned myself yesterday, but only time (& more dreadful conversations) will tell…

Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community?, by Martin Luther King, Jr.

My Copy: 9780807000670 (image from goodreads.com, new cover art on link version) It took me a lot longer to read this last book of King's than I thought it would, but that's because it was so surreal and potent. Surreal because I had to stop and remind myself that this book was written in 1967 … Continue reading Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community?, by Martin Luther King, Jr.