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

Blitz Q #171: Which is the better approach to life in the long run: to focus on the present OR focus on your future?

Partially thanks to my weird desire to belt out songs at random like a Disney princess (but not wanting to mangle the words), I've been finding and jotting down song lyrics in notebooks as well as inspirational quotes. I had tons of those things once before, but they had no rhyme or reason to them, … Continue reading Blitz Q #171: Which is the better approach to life in the long run: to focus on the present OR focus on your future?

Building that “anchor point” in my day; or, getting my mental schedule back on track…

I have to say I haven't gotten the hang of consistency for much longer than a week or two. Perhaps that's why I was such a wage slave for so many years and am just now trying to get away from that and bear some more responsibility for what I can and will do in … Continue reading Building that “anchor point” in my day; or, getting my mental schedule back on track…

Sophie Scholl & the White Rose, by Annette Dumbach & Jud Newborn

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

“Twilight of the Idols” and “The Antichrist”, by Friedrich Nietzsche

My Copy: 9780140445145 (image from genius.com) I'll admit, I couldn't finish it, and stopped at page 100. I could barely get into the book, tried to read the introduction twice, and then tried to pick it up and get a few chapters in on 10 or more occasions in the past month. I've never read … Continue reading “Twilight of the Idols” and “The Antichrist”, by Friedrich Nietzsche

Essential Tibetan Buddhism, by Robert A.F. Thurman

My Copy: 9780785808725 (image from abebooks.uk.com, different design from what's available today) I've had this book on my shelf for roughly fifteen years, and hadn't so much as cracked it open til this week. I suppose there was a reason for that. I had to struggle to hit the 100 page benchmark before giving up. … Continue reading Essential Tibetan Buddhism, by Robert A.F. Thurman

Akira (volume 4), by Katsuhiro Otomo

My Copy: 9781935429067 (image from bn.com) Oh how the heavens shake...or certainly the Earth is around Tokyo now. Akira is alive, awake, and in charge of the Great Tokyo Empire (whatever that is). At least, that's what his supporters and worshipers believe. Tetsuo is his loyal right-hand, determined to understand Akira more...even if it means … Continue reading Akira (volume 4), by Katsuhiro Otomo

#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?”

2018: This sleeper must awaken…

This is beyond New Year's Resolutions (which are already on shaky ground). This is about an over-arching goal I need to work on, to keep it simmering in the background as I try various other things. I discovered this goal probably a week after writing those initial resolutions. In 2018, my goal is to do … Continue reading 2018: This sleeper must awaken…