My brain's been on the back burner the past few days. No matter what I tried to do, it just wasn't going to work. Now, there were things I needed to do--and could, actually--outside, so it wasn't so bad and it wasn't a totally useless weekend. Today was supposed to be different, though. Today I … Continue reading When the mind just doesn’t want to work…
I was wondering when my last official day would be at the office. Turned out to be today. I hung on a month past when my two-weeks ended to help them out and get people trained up, though it was a helluva strain on me many days, trying to keep my cool and not let … Continue reading Free at Last… & now it’s time to pick up the baton & hit the ground running.
Yeah, it's about work. I turned in my two-weeks notice three weeks ago now and I'm still showing up to work. Granted, there's the vetting issue for new hires that gets dragged out by regional, and I know they're hiring more folks soon (or desperately trying to). And last week one of the ladies had … Continue reading Q #145: How & when is it best to stop being “understanding” & just do what you must, regardless how it will affect others?
My Copy: 9781851685363 (image from bn.com) I've wanted to read this book for about a year, and when Beau of the Fifth Column mentioned Sophie as one of his heroes, I had a great incentive to go ahead and grab it off my shelf and start reading it. Sophie Scholl and the White Rose is … Continue reading Sophie Scholl & the White Rose, by Annette Dumbach & Jud Newborn
My Copy: 9780867196016 (image from bn.com) This one's a bit tricky to describe, as it's the last of the series. It's satisfying in one way and has so much in it that it probably could've made enough material for two more books. It's not some super-thick volume, it's just a lot that's tackled in these … Continue reading Barefoot Gen, vol 10: Never Give Up, by Keiji Nakazawa
My Copy: 9780867195996 (image from bn.com) This volume has a darker tone to it than some others, and that's even after all the death we've read about so far, and the challenges Gen and the other children have faced. Gen and Ryuta are trying hard to keep their families going (adopted and otherwise). I love … Continue reading Barefoot Gen, vol 8: Merchants of Death, by Keiji Nakazawa
My Copy: 9780867195965 (image from bn.com) Barefoot Gen, vol 5 has much the same as 4 did, and yet expands on the new realities of post-war Japan. Gen is getting less patient with hopeless attitudes and hypocrisy (which if you've been reading along, hypocrisy is the one thing he's NEVER been okay with in others). … Continue reading Barefoot Gen, vol 5: Forever Changed, by Keiji Nakazawa
I think I read this article four times today and just kept thinking about it, and about this man and the interesting life he led even though imprisonment and a regime that couldn't allow for change... until he did it himself. At least, I haven't read the book he published yet (sigh--another book to put … Continue reading From Brain Pickings: “The Great Czech Playwright Turned Dissident Turned President Václav Havel on Hope”
Some of you, dear readers, who have read previous posts about me, my family, and what I was up to, may have guessed at a few truths I wasn't ready to reveal. However, I will also say that this true story was not the reason I suddenly changed my mind about suicide and the idea … Continue reading Why I stopped believing that suicide is always a selfish act: reflections & a true story.
My Copy: 9781935429029 (image from bn.com) The gang is back, and Tetsuo is determined to find and meet Akira...whatever that means. According to the adults, it can only mean something really, really bad. Akira (volume 2) focuses again on the teens Kaneda, Tetsuo, Kei and the experimental children (Kyoko, Masaru, and Takashi). The characters and … Continue reading Akira (volume 2), by Katsuhiro Otomo