I am sure some people are trying damned hard to find something positive about this whole quarantine thing, and the restrictions that are easing up. Every day is a source of tension in some form or another. But I had to remember something for our kiddos out there, trying to do schoolwork at home and … Continue reading One Positive Takeaway from the Coronavirus “Disruption”: No more Texas standardized testing bullshit this school year.
I have an H-E-B grocery about a dozen miles from my place. I went there on an errand when this whole mess was shutting things down (in the first waves of the Toilet Paper Wars, too). Things were orderly, and I wrote about it last week, so I won't rehash the whole weird day. I'll … Continue reading Amazing how a grocery chain can enact an emergency plan & have it’s sh** together long before the government even starts to…
I was grabbing some things on my shopping list tonight (I plan to have a cooking, cleaning Christmas this year), and after freezing my butt off in the HUGE produce section, I went to the nearly-as big deli and "cheese shop" area. Cheese is tricky for me because I'm lactose intolerant, but in moderation I … Continue reading Q #118: What the hell are truffles (and I don’t mean the chocolate kind)?
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
After a crazy week, that's just one among many this crazy summer, and leaving the office over an hour and a half late tonight... let's just say I'm doing some careful thinking again. My bizarre summer schedule will only get more bizarre for the next couple of weeks until things have calmed down and we're … Continue reading Recapturing dreams when all is so uncertain.
My Copy: 9780785808725 (image from abebooks.uk.com, different design from what's available today) I've had this book on my shelf for roughly fifteen years, and hadn't so much as cracked it open til this week. I suppose there was a reason for that. I had to struggle to hit the 100 page benchmark before giving up. … Continue reading Essential Tibetan Buddhism, by Robert A.F. Thurman
Somehow this step never occurred to me. I was so busy trying to keep these plants alive and going (after so many seedlings have died and gone back to ground) that I'm surprised to see a tiny banana pepper plant that has a four or five inch green pepper already hanging from it. Yay--something is … Continue reading The plants are just starting to thrive… but when do I pick the fruit?
Boy I love going to get a massage. When I let the craziness of the past weeks drift away, I can really think, and think really hard about what I need or want to do most. My initial goals about music and art and reading books haven't changed a bit, but I really have to … Continue reading I’m giving myself the rest of March to clean up the place: house, pantry, body, all of it.
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