The Home Repair Files; or When to Chuck it All In and Go Shopping For a New Place…

Maybe it's my impatience at work, but my uncle had a random thought about cost-effectiveness, and put the flea in my aunt's ear. She brought up something I'd been thinking about for 10 years or more...getting rid of this place and starting over with a better one. There are three things this place has going … Continue reading The Home Repair Files; or When to Chuck it All In and Go Shopping For a New Place…

“The Merchant of Venice,” from The Oxford Shakespeare: The Complete Works, by W. Shakespeare

I had a hard time getting through this play. I tried four times to get into it, and eventually I got enough out of it to get what was going on...somewhat. Maybe it's just been a bad month. I know I've been way behind on reading lately and my goals will suffer for it, and … Continue reading “The Merchant of Venice,” from The Oxford Shakespeare: The Complete Works, by W. Shakespeare

#067–How do you do Mother’s Day when you can’t bring yourself to speak to your mother?

Let's call this Part 2 of my question #062 post: How do you talk to someone in your family when you have nothing to say? Anyway... I actually remembered Mother's Day was around the corner for once, and I'm sure this has fueled my anxiety and my totally distracted choices the past few weeks. I … Continue reading #067–How do you do Mother’s Day when you can’t bring yourself to speak to your mother?

#053–Does God prefer cash, check or credit card?: or, why the prosperity gospel bugs the hell out of me.

I'm asking for it, I know--posting a religious question on a Sunday of all days, but when the question won't go away, it just won't. The whole "prosperity gospel" thing's been stewing in my mind for weeks (and years) and I finally just had to do some digging. Well, I've had the same opinion about … Continue reading #053–Does God prefer cash, check or credit card?: or, why the prosperity gospel bugs the hell out of me.

Honeymoon, by James Patterson & Howard Roughan

My copy: 978145552985 (image from amazon.com) I was directed to this book because I was looking at James Patterson's outline for his Masterclass. Now, though, I've read it twice and still enjoy the hell out of it. Nora Sinclair is a woman I don't think I've ever read in literature before, and she makes it … Continue reading Honeymoon, by James Patterson & Howard Roughan

#042–How do people work multiple jobs, 12 or more hours a day, and not go crazy?

I'd love to know this one, because though I'm happy I'm getting plenty of hours, I'm wondering if there's going to be anything left of me by the end of this new month. And how I'll deal with a suddenly reduced paycheck when I'm back to two jobs instead of having that third one that's … Continue reading #042–How do people work multiple jobs, 12 or more hours a day, and not go crazy?

Eating Fruit is Bad for the Teeth (But Good for the Body)?

I guess that requires some explanation for the torches-and-pitchforks crowd. One would think that skipping the meat and going full on vegetarian or vegan would be a great thing, let alone the raw food diet. Hey, something that skips adding excess fat, sugar, and all the things we've been told are going to kill us … Continue reading Eating Fruit is Bad for the Teeth (But Good for the Body)?

The Difference Between “Living” and “Not Dying.”

As a recovering recluse, this is a tough topic to approach, but it needs to be done in some way, shape, or form. It hit me when I was least expecting it--passively listening to The Croods when it happened to be on TV a few months ago. Toward the end of the movie, when things're … Continue reading The Difference Between “Living” and “Not Dying.”

#028–What POSITIVE purpose does standardized testing have?

Let's face it--if you've ever talked with a teacher, parent, student (or better yet, pretty much anybody with a shred of connection to education and isn't paid by the textbook companies), the issue of "standardized testing" comes up eventually...and never with a true smile. I became a certified teacher in 2008. When training in college, … Continue reading #028–What POSITIVE purpose does standardized testing have?