We're in the middle of the holiday season and this is when the family drama most often gets going hard. I've also been listening to lots of stories online about tons of issues between friends, co-workers, family members... and--inevitably--someone's being asked to "be the bigger person." I think there are few phrases in the English … Continue reading Q #153: What’s your thought about “being the bigger person” in most situations?
Strange how I just realized the date's tomorrow. 19 years ago. I remember telling some folks back when Dump was running for office that I'm far more afraid of my neighbors than any foreign terrorist. That goes double these days. Not my immediate neighbors, perhaps, but the area in general. I live deep in Dump … Continue reading I’m more in fear for my country now than I EVER was during 9/11.
I haven't been north of my house for shopping or anything else in several weeks, certainly not before the mask mandates for the whole state came down. I went to a dollar store about a mile north of my house this morning for coffee creamer (because the world ends in this place if there is … Continue reading I don’t understand the seething hate conservatives seem to have for liberals…
(image from michiganadvance.com, Anna Liz Nichols) I hope these protests against lock-down go away quickly, and then the people can go home and stop prolonging the quarantine. You can't do what you're doing and expect things to clear up quicker, especially when you're blocking access to the institutions that need to keep working to do … Continue reading Q #130: If quarantine protesters are all about THEIR state’s rights, why wave Trump 2020 or Confederate battle flags?
My Copy: 9780553763010 (image from bn.com) This has to be one of the most complicated cases I've read so far in the Nero Wolfe universe. There are so many characters and so many angles to the case that if you're just skimming through, you're going to miss a lot (and it's not that long a … Continue reading Where There’s A Will, by Rex Stout
Image from Gary Larson's The Far Side (I love that panel). Anyhoo, I've had an interesting time trying to get into re-reading the Bible, both versions I have, side by side so I get the gist and context. I genuinely feel like I need to give the Bible a fair shake, to study it for … Continue reading Random thoughts I’m having while reading the Book of Genesis…
I'm declaring Feb 21st - 22nd, 2018 as my rock bottom, and I'll be damned before I let myself get that far down again: emotionally, physically, and financially. The epiphany I had in mid January really came to a drastic crossroad this week, and I really have to put the pedal to the metal and … Continue reading This week on the trip to rock bottom…
My Copy: 9780199267170 Oh heavens, now we get to the finale of the contention between the houses of York and Lancaster in a very "once and for all" kind of way. The War of the Roses has met it's end with King Richard III--and how! There are so many moments I didn't know were from Richard … Continue reading “Richard III,” From The Oxford Shakespeare: The Complete Works, by W. Shakespeare
I guess we could call this Part 2 of my question about the value of life. And, not to be an arrogant ass, I feel like I've bumped into an invisible elephant in the room regarding our discussions about mass killings. I've had this weighing on my mind for years, and it hit me today … Continue reading #058–In the eyes of the law, what does “insanity” mean? And where does that fit in with “mental issues” and gun violence?
My Copy: 9780199267170 I admit, this might be the third (and last) part of Henry VI's reign in a historical context, and the near-middle of Richard III's, but boy, it sure was a long bridge to it. Richard Duke of York (or, Henry VI, Part III) is all about transition. The "Richard" in the title is … Continue reading “Richard Duke of York (or, Henry VI, Part III),” from The Oxford Shakespeare: The Complete Works, by W. Shakespeare