Q #145: How & when is it best to stop being “understanding” & just do what you must, regardless how it will affect others?

Yeah, it's about work. I turned in my two-weeks notice three weeks ago now and I'm still showing up to work. Granted, there's the vetting issue for new hires that gets dragged out by regional, and I know they're hiring more folks soon (or desperately trying to). And last week one of the ladies had … Continue reading Q #145: How & when is it best to stop being “understanding” & just do what you must, regardless how it will affect others?

Pandemic 1918: Eyewitness accounts from the greatest medical holocaust in modern history, by C. Arnold

My Copy: 9781250139436 (image from bn.com) Most of my thoughts as the book went on were on par with "wow" or "holy shit!" as events unfolded. This book is quite timely considering how Covid-19 has swept the planet. It's startling and sobering in turns... especially with the last three chapters. Pandemic 1918 does a little … Continue reading Pandemic 1918: Eyewitness accounts from the greatest medical holocaust in modern history, by C. Arnold

Prediabetes for Dummies, by Alan L. Rubin, MD

My Copy: 9780470523018 (image from bn.com) Well, when you have to try and take care of yourself better, but don't want to rely on family scare tactics or a diagnosis that doesn't tell you much about what to expect or do, then this is a great book to use. It's pretty self-explanatory as far as … Continue reading Prediabetes for Dummies, by Alan L. Rubin, MD

Overhauling my life choices again, but with anemia this time…

Well, that was an enlightening sucker-punch by the doctor when I went to visit yesterday. I'd done blood-work a month and a half ago (and had a hard time getting a follow-up appointment because of all the stressful crap going on), and went in yesterday. I was told a couple of things: First, I'm pre-diabetic. … Continue reading Overhauling my life choices again, but with anemia this time…

Why I stopped believing that suicide is always a selfish act: reflections & a true story.

Some of you, dear readers, who have read previous posts about me, my family, and what I was up to, may have guessed at a few truths I wasn't ready to reveal. However, I will also say that this true story was not the reason I suddenly changed my mind about suicide and the idea … Continue reading Why I stopped believing that suicide is always a selfish act: reflections & a true story.

#095–Why do some religious folks call evolution a “religion”?

This one baffles me, but as I've gone digging and listening to speakers on all sides of creation v. evolution, I get very annoyed when I hear religious lawmakers and people who want "intelligent design" taught in schools call evolution a "religion." Seriously? On what do they base that? From what I've seen, most of … Continue reading #095–Why do some religious folks call evolution a “religion”?

Binge-watching “Manhunt: Unabomber” got me thinking today…

I downloaded the series a few weeks ago (legally) and finally had a full day at home to take care of some filing and paperwork, so I started the series over and watched every episode (I only caught the first two on TV before my work hours went wonky). I thought it was an interesting … Continue reading Binge-watching “Manhunt: Unabomber” got me thinking today…

#031–How long have ships had “watertight compartments” & how were they developed?

I've had this question in the back of my mind since I became a Titanic nut around age 5. It's the mythology as much as the technology that keep me coming back to this piece of history. And the biggest question in my mind is, how did watertight technology develop and how was it tested? The Titanic's design always left me scratching my head.

Getting motivated to exercise when you’re so freaking tired…

I don't know why, exactly, but I've noticed a significant drain on myself lately that's just getting worse. And as I put in my rather vague symptoms (forget horror novels--WebMD's the scariest damned thing you can look at), I can see some obvious sense. The difficulty is in doing it. How the hell do you … Continue reading Getting motivated to exercise when you’re so freaking tired…

#002: Beyond the over-hyped election, what else can we do to make positive changes & policies in the U.S.?

My inner social studies teacher is kicking me right now, telling me "of course the vote is important, it's your civic duty, it's how our voices are heard, etc." I don't believe that as much as when I was a wide-eyed, newly-registered political innocent, certain that my scrap of paper in the box meant a lot to somebody out there. Then again, that's about all I was taught regarding political participation.