The Butlerian Jihad (Legends of Dune #1), by Brian Herbert & Kevin J. Anderson

My Copy: 9781250208545 (image from goodreads.com) Well, I'm still trying to absorb all I read about over the past month (I know, I'm surprised it took me that long to read it, too...but it's been such an eventful past month, so maybe it's not all that surprising in the long run).  But wow--there was a … Continue reading The Butlerian Jihad (Legends of Dune #1), by Brian Herbert & Kevin J. Anderson

Other than writing, what I would love to do most in my life…

YouTube is weird. Like really weird. Thankfully the page has been littered with good videos on music. I've been rather delighted and teary-eyed the past two hours because of things I'd forgotten, and I found more things I wish I'd known about far sooner. And my heart is aching in my chest because of all the … Continue reading Other than writing, what I would love to do most in my life…

From IndiePulse Music: “The Kids are Still in Cages” by Nancy Sanchez. A song of urgent beauty…

photo from IndiePulseMusic.com, original article I was amazed to find this article and click on the link within it to listen to the song. Wow. Thanks to COVID-19 and the protests and wildfires, hurricanes, etc., I think a lot of us have forgotten that there's still kids in cages on the border. It's been pushed … Continue reading From IndiePulse Music: “The Kids are Still in Cages” by Nancy Sanchez. A song of urgent beauty…

I’m more in fear for my country now than I EVER was during 9/11.

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.

Blitz Q #134: Have we finally seen the end of internet “thoughts & prayers” during a national crisis?

This hit me a couple of days ago. I know many have mocked the concept of "thoughts and prayers" because it feels so hollow. Including me. Seriously, if we have a school shooting? Thoughts and prayers. Bombing? Thoughts and prayers. Tornado wipes out a town? Thoughts and prayers. Pandemic kills thousands around the world and … Continue reading Blitz Q #134: Have we finally seen the end of internet “thoughts & prayers” during a national crisis?

I used to be a free-hugger, now I’m not so sure I can go back to it…

Several years ago--one of my first blog posts, actually--I wrote "Why I am a Free-Hugger". Some people were a bit mystified as to what it was about or what I was doing, even as an introvert. It was a way to give people a chance to chat or have a good moment in a busy … Continue reading I used to be a free-hugger, now I’m not so sure I can go back to it…

Blitz Q #126: If you could nominate a song for Earth’s anthem, what would it be?

After seeing articles and pics of people stuck in quarantine or self-quarantine singing and talking to neighbors through their windows or balconies all around the world, it got me thinking about something. The reason I love music is, like math, it's a universal language (well, once you translate the lyrics, I guess). There are those … Continue reading Blitz Q #126: If you could nominate a song for Earth’s anthem, what would it be?

American Gods (author’s preferred text), by Neil Gaiman

My Copy: 9780062080233 (image from goodreads.com) I've never read Neil Gaiman before, and I sure picked a doorstop as my first of the several on my shelves. But I'm keeping this one for sure. I know I liked it, but I'm not terribly sure why. I just know I'm willing to go along for the … Continue reading American Gods (author’s preferred text), by Neil Gaiman

Unstable Ground: Climate Change, Conflict, and Genocide, by Alex Alvarez

My Copy: 9781442265684 (image from bn.com) The title pretty well says what this book is about, and goes through the increasingly-combined issues of conflict, genocide, and climate change in spades in these 158 pages (not counting notes). This is NOT a book detailing how humans are creating climate change, but rather a book that explains … Continue reading Unstable Ground: Climate Change, Conflict, and Genocide, by Alex Alvarez

Joyeux Noel, the film that shows humanity and Peace on Earth in the most inhumane, not-peaceful situation.

I love this film. But I love it so much that I have to have a specific time and environment to watch it in for Christmas. Just hearing the music and knowing what I'm going to see puts a lump in my throat every time. This year, it will happen when dad finally goes to … Continue reading Joyeux Noel, the film that shows humanity and Peace on Earth in the most inhumane, not-peaceful situation.