Naturally, health is going to be on the list. The difficulty is this week especially, I have to focus on finances and getting things corrected before all the tax season stuff gets really going. That's what I hate the most, but today and tomorrow I'm dedicating myself to getting it all cleared up as best … Continue reading Playing with New Years Resolutions. Learning how to prioritize me.
My Copy: 9780867196009 (image from bn.com) This volume is a mix of juvenile hijinks done in the name of protest and Gen's knowledge that he's going to have to grow up and figure out what to do with his life. His family is scattered and Natsue is getting worse in her health, ready to die. … Continue reading Barefoot Gen, vol 9: Breaking Down Borders, by Keiji Nakazawa
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
I'm almost sick of looking at them on my table. I had to take the sticker gum off most of the books and let them dry before I could stick a new library label on each spine. Yeah, it takes work to save money with books, and the goo gone and cotton balls in the … Continue reading Why I Can’t Stop Buying Books: A Theory
My Copy: 9781935429081 (image from bn.com) We've come to the final volume of Akira, and oh, what battles have been fought for the world and Tokyo by the last page. This was worth the wait. Akira (volume 6) is all about the battles taking place in Neo-Tokyo, from the iconic Olympic stadium where the demonstration … Continue reading Akira (volume 6), by Katsuhiro Otomo
My Copy: 9781935429029 (image from bn.com) The gang is back, and Tetsuo is determined to find and meet Akira...whatever that means. According to the adults, it can only mean something really, really bad. Akira (volume 2) focuses again on the teens Kaneda, Tetsuo, Kei and the experimental children (Kyoko, Masaru, and Takashi). The characters and … Continue reading Akira (volume 2), by Katsuhiro Otomo
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
My Copy: 9780375803017 (image from bn.com) I’m not sure what I was expecting when I read this book. I certainly wasn’t expecting it to be such a short book for younger readers. Though now that I have read it, it feels like a milder cousin of Something Wicked This Way Comes with a semi-educational aura … Continue reading The Halloween Tree, by Ray Bradbury
(photo from article in War History Online) I'm a bit of a rock, jazz and blues person, so of course Tony Bennett's been on my radar. He has a good voice and some great collaborations. I'm not a superfan, don't even have an album of his, but he's been on and off the radar a … Continue reading The things we learn about other people…
(image from The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust) I first started thinking about this a few days ago when in the midst of my very-long depression article, because I probably watched the trailer for the documentary Won't You Be My Neighbor? four or five times that morning. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FhwktRDG_aQ It's not playing in my neck of the woods … Continue reading #073–What Would Mister Rogers Say (or Do) If He Were Here Today?