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
I'm a little surprised summer didn't come into full fury four weeks ago. Usually the first weekend in May heralds a good long HOT summer til about late September. We still have a slight reprieve, but that heat index is making it what it is. I managed to finish the first coat of paint on … Continue reading I suppose we could call this “summer cleaning,” as long as it’s not too hot.
I've had a sporadic eye-twitch in the past week. Deadlines have loomed ever nearer and my attempts to deal with family and legalese haven't left me in a zen state of mind. My right eye really got twitching on Monday night, and when I looked it up, I noticed stress and fatigue were the two … Continue reading Driving Yourself Crazy Isn’t All That Fun
Holidays and I have had a problematic relationship, in the sense that once I got past 12 years old, nobody seemed to give a damn anymore, anyway. And it was just easier to go along with it. I didn't feel like I was missing much, and I've only prepared Thanksgiving dinner once by myself. I … Continue reading Thanksgiving, chock full of (a distinct lack of) plans this year…
I've been migraine-prone, accident-prone, forgetful as all hell the past week...and yet yesterday I started things fresh and new. I found out how to get the money part right and signed on the dotted line yesterday. I asked questions, got straight answers, and signed for my house without my hand being held the whole time... … Continue reading On the Road to a New House…the adulting clock starts now.
This is going to take more introspection than I am used to, but it's about damned time. My work in getting rid of the crap around my house has slowed down to a crawl, though I'm going to knock 1 or 2 spaces off my list this afternoon while the weather is great and the … Continue reading A Place for Me at Home
There's something about a family member's illness that just throws everything off track. I'm sure it's no better for the person who is sick, especially if they have no energy to do anything and cannot sleep. When phone calls sounded a little woozy on his end, I started showing up more and more. I Just … Continue reading Spent most of the week around the hospital for my dad, & wrangling with my own debt-planning…
(Title edited because I forgot how to count) This is a question that's been bugging me for many years. In the age of sexual harassment seminars and iffy rules on dating in the workplace, it still amazes me that some people do date someone from work and may eventually get married. I guess when you've … Continue reading #025–Do couples who live & work together have a work-life balance, & how do they do it without going crazy?
I'm in my favorite coffee shop, drinking coffee way too late in the day, but determined to get some serious thinking down before going home...or at least, wait until the place closes and I have no choice but to go home. With everything that goes wrong and is spread across the media, discussing it with my dad is the last thing I want to do.
With a world going to hell so quickly, we need the arts more than ever. They bring hope...and for that we need artists to keep cultural spirit alive and running...so don't give up, and maybe the arts will get the recognition they deserve.