Q#155: Is it time to re-assess teaching kids that they HAVE to share, especially siblings?

Okay, this is gonna require some explanation. And no, I haven't changed my last name to Scrooge for the hell of it. Bah, humbug, 2020! Anyway, I was looking at a lot of posts in Reddit and other places and noticed the surge of posts regarding "sharing" Christmas gifts. More specifically, parents insisting that something … Continue reading Q#155: Is it time to re-assess teaching kids that they HAVE to share, especially siblings?

The Great Lady has gone today. And tomorrow, the really sick & twisted games begin…

photo from commons.wikimedia.org I saw a brief blip when I was scrolling through YouTube earlier (which I mostly had on for noise) and it said that Ruth Bader Ginsburg was gone. I didn't react at first, just read the clip title and moved on. I suppose I wasn't ready to think on that. I just … Continue reading The Great Lady has gone today. And tomorrow, the really sick & twisted games begin…

Playing with New Years Resolutions. Learning how to prioritize me.

Naturally, health is going to be on the list. The difficulty is this week especially, I have to focus on finances and getting things corrected before all the tax season stuff gets really going. That's what I hate the most, but today and tomorrow I'm dedicating myself to getting it all cleared up as best … Continue reading Playing with New Years Resolutions. Learning how to prioritize me.

We Seven: The Classic Story of the Heroes who Launched America Into Space, by the Astronauts Themselves

My Copy: 9781439181034 (image from Simon and Schuster .com) I was pretty excited to read this book after I found it in the source notes from The Right Stuff...and it gives me some insight as to the limitations The Right Stuff had in its own narrative. We Seven, by the Astronauts themselves, is a collection … Continue reading We Seven: The Classic Story of the Heroes who Launched America Into Space, by the Astronauts Themselves

#062–How do you talk to someone in your family when you have nothing to say?

This is just not my day, and every time there's something in the mail from mom or a text, it makes me think about this question. This morning's no exception--something came in the mail lately. This thing was something I didn't even recall we had, and don't remember asking for from her. But there it … Continue reading #062–How do you talk to someone in your family when you have nothing to say?

#056–Can You Think of a Better Way to End the Film, “The Great Dictator?”

I first saw The Great Dictator when I was writing a grad school research paper. I'd read contemporary articles about the film and its reception, and always saw it on "top comedies" lists, but never watched it til I finally bought the Criterion Collection version. I'm one of those people who love to watch the … Continue reading #056–Can You Think of a Better Way to End the Film, “The Great Dictator?”

#052–How do you deal with “preaching” strangers in public when you’re not religious?

Or, if you hate being preached at, how do you deal if you ARE religious? This is something that's cropped up quite a bit, and I'd be surprised if the next one actually looked like Dana Carvey's Church Lady. At least an elderly lady wouldn't creep me out so much. I've had a handful of … Continue reading #052–How do you deal with “preaching” strangers in public when you’re not religious?

It is time I let retailers and banks know how much I HATE chip cards, and why.

Banks and retailers, please listen up. It's the Christmas shopping season, a time when we're supposed to be thinking about peace and good will toward men (the philosophers of Peanuts already covered this pretty well--go look it up). Doesn't stop outright greed in the form of overindulgence or theft. Especially theft. And the easiest way … Continue reading It is time I let retailers and banks know how much I HATE chip cards, and why.

Creating Poetry When You Don’t Have a Life

Anybody who met me personally, other than wondering where the hell my energy and babbling comes from, would probably consider me to be the biggest square that ever walked about in my generation. I'm not much of a drinker, not a smoker, and more than a handful of college classmates told me that I'd probably … Continue reading Creating Poetry When You Don’t Have a Life