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…

Archie Meets Nero Wolfe: A Prequel to Rex Stout’s Nero Wolfe Mysteries, by Robert Goldsborough

My Copy: 9781453270974 (image from bn.com) Now, I have to admit, when I love a series and an author, I generally love that particular series as written by THAT author. Maybe I'm biased against other writers tackling a beloved series or character once the creator has retired or passed on, but I swear I'll feel … Continue reading Archie Meets Nero Wolfe: A Prequel to Rex Stout’s Nero Wolfe Mysteries, by Robert Goldsborough

“All is Well” and “The Two Noble Kinsmen,” from The Oxford Shakespeare: The Complete Works, by W. Shakespeare

We're wrapped up with Shakespeare at last! I suppose it's possible to get burned out on Shakespeare in a year, and maybe it's just been an awful two months, but I just couldn't get into these last two plays at all. But I'll give you some basics to work on in case you've heard of … Continue reading “All is Well” and “The Two Noble Kinsmen,” from The Oxford Shakespeare: The Complete Works, by W. Shakespeare

Sonnets & ‘A Lover’s Complaint,’ and ‘Various Poems’ from The Oxford Shakespeare: The Complete Works, by William Shakespeare

Love, death, the muse, the tangled web of attraction, and friendship are probably the most basic subjects covered in Shakespeare's sonnets. One of the most famous ones is the one numbered 18 in this collection, staring with "Shall I compare thee to a summer's day..." Most of the time I think that's the only one … Continue reading Sonnets & ‘A Lover’s Complaint,’ and ‘Various Poems’ from The Oxford Shakespeare: The Complete Works, by William Shakespeare

I’m going through a tough breakup with fried food, but we HAVE to stop seeing each other.

I'm glad July's here, because July usually brings some clarity that doesn't exist in June. I was drinking my 2nd cup of coffee (in a 16 oz mug) and started to feel that irritation in the back of the throat. If anything was telling me it was time to dump the coffee the rest of … Continue reading I’m going through a tough breakup with fried food, but we HAVE to stop seeing each other.