#107–Blitz Q: What’s with pre-teen boys & mumbling all the time?

Can't help the pic--Mumbles from Dick Tracy always cracked me up, especially the stenographer's reaction to his speech. Anyhoo, I was talking to my neighbor yesterday when she brought over some stuff and gave her a cup of coffee. I watch her kiddo most mornings, and I swear, he's at that pre-teen phase where he … Continue reading #107–Blitz Q: What’s with pre-teen boys & mumbling all the time?

“The Tragedy of Coriolanus,” from The Oxford Shakespeare: The Complete Works, by W. Shakespeare

I think Coriolanus has the longest Act 1 I've read so far, but the long setup is useful--and needed--in setting up the characters and the situation in a dwindling Rome. Coriolanus begins with citizens griping about the recent famine and grain stores of the wealthy which are full. They call one of them out, Martius … Continue reading “The Tragedy of Coriolanus,” from The Oxford Shakespeare: The Complete Works, by W. Shakespeare

#054–Why do guests whose political views differ from their hosts on cable “news” shows even bother to show up?

I refuse to watch most cable news programming. But living where I live, I can't help hearing them once in a while. Last night I was making tea and caught a few minutes of whatever-her-name is and Vicente Fox on a certain network, and it just annoyed the hell out of me. I’m at the … Continue reading #054–Why do guests whose political views differ from their hosts on cable “news” shows even bother to show up?

#048–Why do some people play music on their phones without headphones or earbuds in public places?

The Universe strikes again with something I can work with. I have excellent hearing. Even now I can hear Starbucks' sound system through my wrap-around headphones, which are on to diminish the noise so I can write. Also, it was to tune out a whole different noise that I couldn't define (but I assume was … Continue reading #048–Why do some people play music on their phones without headphones or earbuds in public places?

#024–Is it okay to ban kids from certain restaurants (or at certain times)?

DISCLAIMER: I am not a parent, so I will humbly request that you put your pitchforks & torches away for a few minutes...or at least go sharpen the blades in a quiet corner. Thanks. I don't know how I ended up reading or researching on this a couple of weeks ago--I just know it's an intriguing … Continue reading #024–Is it okay to ban kids from certain restaurants (or at certain times)?

#002: Beyond the over-hyped election, what else can we do to make positive changes & policies in the U.S.?

My inner social studies teacher is kicking me right now, telling me "of course the vote is important, it's your civic duty, it's how our voices are heard, etc." I don't believe that as much as when I was a wide-eyed, newly-registered political innocent, certain that my scrap of paper in the box meant a lot to somebody out there. Then again, that's about all I was taught regarding political participation.