I admit, I don't really go for the Woo anymore. I used to get rocks and cool crystals and stuff when I was a kid, and like many an X-Files fan (the Mulder years, anyway), I considered or subscribed to conspiracy theories or the supernatural or paranormal and what was possible or impossible. However, I … Continue reading When emotions have become too damned much in a short time: an empath searches for sanity.
Taking down statues of people in states of rebellion who were fighting for and openly supporting an immoral system is NOT erasing history: it's history MAKING. Actually, it's also correcting the record. Those statues were an attempt to erase history already: the history of the gains made during the 1867-1877 Reconstruction era... gains allowed to … Continue reading Confederate Statues Have Got to Go. A White Southern Woman Weighs In…
Okay, that requires some explanation. I've had difficulty with my long, double-cowlick, curlyish hair most of my life. I'd been threatening to just have the stylist shave it all off for weeks. After some reading up on the state of the world, and really thinking about things I could do for myself and others, I … Continue reading I had my hair shorn as a reminder, & it was the smallest thing that happened today…
(photo from nymag.com) This has been bugging me for the past 24 hours. I mean--what the hell was THAT? Now, I admit, I'm no longer religious. The more I read the Bible, the angrier I get. I can't stand church and what it's become over the years for a lot of denominations and their followers. … Continue reading Blitz Q #133: What was the point of that Trump at Church photo op?
I was wondering when I'd find more than a sound-byte or photo regarding police and what they think about all this that's going on: the riots, Mr. Floyd's death, the "bad apples." Well, there's a voice out there I like to read, and though sometimes I'm not sure how I feel about what she's saying … Continue reading A police reckoning has arrived (from Square Cop in a Round World’s blog)
I've been getting headaches over the past few weeks thanks to all the awful things going on in the U.S. I try to think about other things and work on my yard, but somehow the images crop up to make me explode with emotion. A cop kneeling on a man's neck while others scream for … Continue reading When good words are not enough, but at least they’re something… perhaps even a start.
My Copy: 9780060184711 (image from bn.com) Ever since I was a little kid, and Jaws was my favorite movie (still is, actually), I've been curious about sharks and Naval ships. That began with the scene of Quint telling about the Indianapolis disaster. I don't care if I've seen it 200+ times, I will stop what … Continue reading Abandon Ship!: The saga of the U.S.S. Indianapolis, the Navy’s greatest sea disaster, by Richard F. Newcomb (with intro & afterward by Peter Maas)
My Copy: 9781596916005 (image from Bloomsbury Publishing) The Soiling of Old Glory is a book I had to read for a class in college, and it's probably the only one I've reviewed and re-read several times. This is a book that's very well put together. It's the biography of that photograph of the young man … Continue reading The Soiling of Old Glory: The Story of a Photograph That Shocked America, by Louis P. Masur
My copy: 9780292721135 (image from The University of Texas Press). I lucked out when I got this book. It came to the bookstore in late January of 2010 and the store was closing by the end of the month. I hate when bookstores close, but it was the only way I could afford this one--marked … Continue reading Houston: Lost and Unbuilt, by Steven R. Strom
(cover image from quebecreadingconnection.ca) I was at the Holocaust Museum Houston a few years ago when I first saw this one. By then, I'd had my mind opened to the power of graphic novels and how they can say things versus traditional print novels. And it was about Houston. So I snatched it up. The … Continue reading The Silence of Our Friends, by Mark Long, Jim Demonakos, & Nate Powell