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
This is beyond New Year's Resolutions (which are already on shaky ground). This is about an over-arching goal I need to work on, to keep it simmering in the background as I try various other things. I discovered this goal probably a week after writing those initial resolutions. In 2018, my goal is to do … Continue reading 2018: This sleeper must awaken…
This question has been bothering me for a long time. Seriously, North Korea has to be the creepiest freaking place on the planet at the moment. I'd rather time-travel to a combat zone in WW2 for a month than be in today's North Korea for a day. Safe to say, this nation and it's place … Continue reading #051–Pandora’s Box is Open: Do our leaders really think they can de-nuclearize North Korea?
(Photo Credit: nbcnews.com) I am so sick of this crap. I'm sick of these killings. I'm sick of these "woe is me" stories of a guy who can't hack it and says "screw the world, I'm taking you all down with me." I'm tired of white men (NOT BOYS, DAMMIT!) who haven't figured out that … Continue reading #044–Why don’t they call white male mass shooters “terrorists”?
(cover image from quebecreadingconnection.ca) I was at the Holocaust Museum Houston a few years ago when I first saw this one. By then, I'd had my mind opened to the power of graphic novels and how they can say things versus traditional print novels. And it was about Houston. So I snatched it up. The … Continue reading The Silence of Our Friends, by Mark Long, Jim Demonakos, & Nate Powell