Oops, I did it again… hopefully for the last time this year.

I'm getting the sneaking suspicion that I should maybe get off this "I want to be a writer for a living" kick and try and save up money for a farm, because plants seem to be all I've focused on this past month. Somehow, without planning on it, I started thinking of nearly every size … Continue reading Oops, I did it again… hopefully for the last time this year.

What do Foreign Correspondents Think of the U.S.? (video from The New Yorker)

This just happened to pop up in my YouTube feed this morning and I had to watch it several times. It's what the title says, and it's enlightening and disheartening all at the same time. Journalists are not the freaking enemy of the people. They are OF the people more than the damned politicians, for … Continue reading What do Foreign Correspondents Think of the U.S.? (video from The New Yorker)

8 Keys to End Emotional Eating, by H.S. Farkas

My Copy: 9780393712322 (image from bn.com) I will say right away: for anybody who is going through or has gone through issues with eating, this is the best book I've ever picked up. 8 Keys to End Emotional Eating is written by a clinical psychologist specializing in the treatment of emotional eating. There is no … Continue reading 8 Keys to End Emotional Eating, by H.S. Farkas

On a Journey to Consult a Dietitian (rather than a nutritionist…)

I've been eating badly for a long time, and every time I get a little ahead in the "eating better" plan, I backslide about ten steps. An unpredictable schedule and general lethargy doesn't help. And now, thanks to too damn many fast food meals, I'm at the point where only coffee and tea taste good … Continue reading On a Journey to Consult a Dietitian (rather than a nutritionist…)

Trusting Yourself, Even When You’re Not Sure What You’re Doing

This is something that cropped up last week and kind of petered out. I haven't heard anything else, at the very least. My dad's got friends, some with their own health issues. I was startled last Tuesday when one of dad's friends (I'll call him Adam for privacy) called my cell phone out of the … Continue reading Trusting Yourself, Even When You’re Not Sure What You’re Doing

Why I Probably Won’t Let My Family Read My Works, Now or Ever Again…

It's one of those basic things I've read about so often when it comes to editing and/or before submitting your stuff. I've lost count the numbers of sites telling you to get your family reading what you have. Get them reading your work, because you'll get some useful criticism from people who care for you, … Continue reading Why I Probably Won’t Let My Family Read My Works, Now or Ever Again…

Godzilla vs. My To-Do List

To make it a fairer fight, and not to malign Gojira's/Godzilla's power too much, I'm using the 1954/1956 version that I saw in its entirety. We've got enough "atomic" troubles coming out to risk adding another, right? Besides, I like 50's "B" monster movies and having "Perry Mason" in one. So, the to-do list: This … Continue reading Godzilla vs. My To-Do List

I’m being called “ma’am” a lot lately, & I don’t know what I think about that…

I've been getting ma'am-ed. I gotta admit, as someone who taught (oh so briefly) in the classroom, it wasn't unreasonable to hear the word ma'am from students. Being I was much older than they were, it could be considered normal. And since I'm in the south (Houston metro area, Texas, to be more precise), that … Continue reading I’m being called “ma’am” a lot lately, & I don’t know what I think about that…

The Money Book for Freelancers, Part-Timers, and the Self-Employed, by J. D’Agnese & D. Kiernan

My Copy: 9780307453662 Finally! A book useful for those (poor schmucks?) among us who don't have that same, steady paycheck every week or two (or month).┬áMy prayers were answered when I found this, jaw dropping to the floor. I read about half a dozen books regarding budgeting, personal finances, goal setting, etc., but there was … Continue reading The Money Book for Freelancers, Part-Timers, and the Self-Employed, by J. D’Agnese & D. Kiernan