It's been an insane week. I've been doing all I can to wind down and relax a bit, maybe play guitar and piano to try and relieve some tension. But when the brain won't shut up, sometimes I'm stuck doing mindless things. Or at least they should be semi-mindless. If I was smart, I'd have … Continue reading Getting that all-important sleep in, even while stressed to hell…
My Copy: 9780060184711 (image from bn.com) Ever since I was a little kid, and Jaws was my favorite movie (still is, actually), I've been curious about sharks and Naval ships. That began with the scene of Quint telling about the Indianapolis disaster. I don't care if I've seen it 200+ times, I will stop what … Continue reading Abandon Ship!: The saga of the U.S.S. Indianapolis, the Navy’s greatest sea disaster, by Richard F. Newcomb (with intro & afterward by Peter Maas)
I suppose we can chalk the negativity you're about to read to some kind of "law of higher expectations." I expected to like this play, because I love history and I've read and heard a lot about Cleopatra and Marc Antony since I was young. Yes, everything was contradictory between fiction and non-fiction, and sources … Continue reading “The Tragedy of Antony and Cleopatra,” from The Oxford Shakespeare: The Complete Works, by W. Shakespeare
I hate to say this because I've been a loyal Home Depot customer since I knew what a hardware store was (and the local ACE Hardware jacked up its prices and closed down...and so did Builder's Square, which I suspect was bought by Home Depot. Anyway...). I stayed with them even with the influx of … Continue reading Home Depot near me is changing big time… and I don’t like it a bit.
My Copy: 9780312427566 (image from booktopia.com.au) I'll admit: I saw the film based on this book probably a few dozen times before I ever read the book. Tom Wolfe's book about the beginnings of the U.S. Space Program is a fascinating real-life story, in that it's far more about the people involved, especially the first … Continue reading The Right Stuff, by Tom Wolfe
Sometimes I wonder if I'm fooling myself. Scratch that. It's in the back of my mind every day. I'm always wondering if I'm fooling myself, that I believe I'll find some talent deep within, nurture it, and make my life more complete, better. Into something resembling what I want. But each day I wake up … Continue reading Making genuine life changes vs. wasting lots of time.
Okay, yesterday was my heavy Mother's Day question. Today's my lighter one, but one that's bugged me a while. I first really noticed it last year, when I was out getting things and some salespeople just up and said "Happy Mother's Day" as I was finishing my purchases and leaving. Something about that struck me. … Continue reading #068–Blitz Q: Why do people tell EVERY woman “Happy Mother’s Day” even if they may not have kids?
If there's anything I've written about the past year that I consider to be my own personal pet peeve about...well, my person...it would be my chatty, hyper tendencies in public. There have been plenty of times I've wondered why I can't buckle down and be serious. I don't think I've ever been to an office … Continue reading I think I’m starting to get out of my own way: re-examining my box
I think this is one of those questions that's so damned simple til we really get thinking about it, kinda like the meaning of the word "freedom." What do we expect from our kids, from younger Millennials and the kids growing up today? Technically, I myself am a Millennial, but among the older ones (which … Continue reading #060–What do we expect from American teenagers today?
My Copy: 9780199267170 I paired these two poems in one post because they weren't that long and it took me a bit longer to make sure I got the gist of them. I was lost in the language again, though the stories are relatively straight-forward. It's how the subjects are treated that's so different. The poems … Continue reading “Venus and Adonis” & “The Rape of Lucrece,” from The Oxford Shakespeare: The Complete Works, by W. Shakespeare