When negativity gets you to vacillate between numbness & catastrophizing, & then throws you overboard…

My entire past week has been something for my mental record books regarding bad behavior (toward myself). Cue a mysterious ailment and I've gone off the deep end. I'm sitting here now, trying to just breathe in and sip a bit of 7Up to settle my messed up stomach after a week of terrible eating … Continue reading When negativity gets you to vacillate between numbness & catastrophizing, & then throws you overboard…

One of those days… though maybe I’ll be lucky & it’ll just be a crap morning.

I should've known how today would start. I went to sleep with some bad thoughts swirling around my head because of some mail I got yesterday, and spent some time trying to stamp them down, put a positive on 'em, and get some much-needed sleep. Because of it, I tried to sleep in a bit, … Continue reading One of those days… though maybe I’ll be lucky & it’ll just be a crap morning.

Barefoot Gen, Vol. 2: The Day After, by Keiji Nakazawa (trans. by Project Gen)

My Copy: 9780867196191 (image from bn.com) Whew--the first volume wanted to knock me down with what I'd read, the way Gen's family was portrayed and how things changed the day the bomb went off. Now, we're in the aftermath, the living death and struggle to survive... if one wants to survive at all. Barefoot Gen … Continue reading Barefoot Gen, Vol. 2: The Day After, by Keiji Nakazawa (trans. by Project Gen)

What to think about businesses that make it impossible to talk to a human being…

I've been trying to get an issue resolved on my old place since early February. For some reason, a mortgage lien keeps popping up and the company that has it on there, I've been trying to reach. The trouble is Company UNLUCKY was sold to Company BIG, which was sold to or merged with Company … Continue reading What to think about businesses that make it impossible to talk to a human being…

No Time to Say Goodbye: Surviving the Suicide of a Loved One, by Carla Fine

My Copy: 9780385485517 (image from amazon.com) I'm not sure what exactly I expected to get from this book, but I did find it immensely helpful in a lot of ways. I think the title sums up what might be the overarching, lingering thing about dealing with suicide--most of the time, there's no time to say … Continue reading No Time to Say Goodbye: Surviving the Suicide of a Loved One, by Carla Fine

Making the Call No One Wants to Make, After Getting the Call No One Wants…

My week's been a blur. I haven't been on the internet in days, because less than three hours after I finished the post that ended up scheduled for Wednesday, I got a call from the police to get home ASAP. I'd just been writing about my dad and me in the past week, and how … Continue reading Making the Call No One Wants to Make, After Getting the Call No One Wants…

“The Life and Death of King John,” From The Oxford Shakespeare: The Complete Works, by W. Shakespeare

I wasn't sure what to make of this play. I didn't even know Shakespeare had written a play about King John (Richard the Lionheart's brother) until I picked up this book and the book Shakespeare's English Kings. I'd never heard of the play being performed, or anything. So I was just as surprised to see … Continue reading “The Life and Death of King John,” From The Oxford Shakespeare: The Complete Works, by W. Shakespeare