On Killing: The Psychological Cost of Learning to Kill in War & Society, by Lr. Col. Dave Grossman

My Copy: 9780316040938 (image from bn.com) I've had this book on my shelf a few years, and was planning to get to it eventually, but deaths at the hands of police made me pick it up right away. I had taken far longer to get through it than I thought I would, largely because I … Continue reading On Killing: The Psychological Cost of Learning to Kill in War & Society, by Lr. Col. Dave Grossman

History Repeats & it Stinks: Bill Maher’s June 2018 New Rule Dumps on the Thin Blue Line

Strange how this video popped up on my view list today, and I watched it maybe three times. A week shy of two years ago, Bill Maher had this final New Rule to close the evening's show, with his typical sardonic commentary that hits so damn close to home right now. Scary how few of … Continue reading History Repeats & it Stinks: Bill Maher’s June 2018 New Rule Dumps on the Thin Blue Line

#090–When can/should you go from healing a relationship to cutting & running?

I'm a bit ticked off because I was hoping that by now, I'd be listening to a presentation and lecture on the other side of Houston. Instead, here I am cleaning and wondering if a family friend is going to show up or not...again. Seth Andrews is in Houston and I really wanted to hear … Continue reading #090–When can/should you go from healing a relationship to cutting & running?

Pure: Inside the Evangelical Movement That Shamed a Generation of Young Women & How I Broke Free, by Linda Kay Klein

My Copy: 9781501124815 (image from bn.com) I spent all yesterday finishing this book and thinking about it. It's not the best non-fiction book I've read, but it had so much that made me think, and made me want to research more. Pure... is self-explanatory. The author uses much of her own experiences to talk about … Continue reading Pure: Inside the Evangelical Movement That Shamed a Generation of Young Women & How I Broke Free, by Linda Kay Klein

Adult Children of Emotionally Immature Parents: How to heal from distant, rejecting, or self-involved parents, by Lindsay C. Gibson, PsyD.

My Copy: 9781626251700 (image from bn.com) This book is pretty self-explanatory in what it's about. However, it was still an eye-opener, because it doesn't go for the easy, pigeon-hole answers and instead gets the reader to focus on the range of possibilities. The word "immature" has always been a strange one to me, because where's … Continue reading Adult Children of Emotionally Immature Parents: How to heal from distant, rejecting, or self-involved parents, by Lindsay C. Gibson, PsyD.

No Time to Say Goodbye: Surviving the Suicide of a Loved One, by Carla Fine

My Copy: 9780385485517 (image from amazon.com) I'm not sure what exactly I expected to get from this book, but I did find it immensely helpful in a lot of ways. I think the title sums up what might be the overarching, lingering thing about dealing with suicide--most of the time, there's no time to say … Continue reading No Time to Say Goodbye: Surviving the Suicide of a Loved One, by Carla Fine

My Christian Childhood & How it Might Have Helped Screw Up My Adulthood: A Theory.

I was reading an atheist's post earlier today and it got me thinking about issues I have trouble with regarding my family and my own beliefs. To be more precise, trouble regarding my upbringing with parent-approved, pre-packaged beliefs dropped into my brain. Mom-approved would be even-more precise. Dad was never religious and I don't think … Continue reading My Christian Childhood & How it Might Have Helped Screw Up My Adulthood: A Theory.

The Lost Art of Listening: How learning to listen can improve relationships, by Michael P. Nichols, PhD.

My copy: 9781593859862 (image from amazon.com) I think this is a book everybody needs to read and keep in mind, because the more I got into it, the more I realized we're NOT very good listeners for the most part. At least, I know I certainly am not, and neither are a lot of the … Continue reading The Lost Art of Listening: How learning to listen can improve relationships, by Michael P. Nichols, PhD.