Possible parakeet parenthood. Yeah, I was tired enough to try and say that three times fast. Go ahead, I'll wait. I've got four parakeets: Pickle (clearly a boy), Sky (girl), Nana (girl) and Aqua (debatable because of coloring, thought male, however). And there was some indication that I might end up with babies even if … Continue reading A Crash Course in Possible Parakeet Parenthood…oh boy.
This one is bothering me for a lot of reasons. It makes me sad to think of the injuries and deaths occurring because of gun violence, naturally. More than that, it makes me very annoyed and afraid that this seems to pop up at least once a week on the local news. Just this morning … Continue reading Q#119– What is going through the mind of a person who is arguing with another in public, and then pulls out a gun?
I had to think hard about how old this Amazon parrot is in my house, and I realized it's been around for 3/4 of my life now. He's about 27-ish, a bird my dad picked out from a lady who had probably a thousand birds and raised them from chicks. I remember going over to … Continue reading Dealing with a semi-sick bird at home, because he hates me 90% of the time & the nearest avian vet is an hour away…
My Copy: 9780684837871 (image from goodreads.com. My copy has the old Scribner cover art I can't find for an image) I'm batting 0 for 2 so far with Ernest Hemingway. I stopped at page 134, and was so frustrated I went straight to bed afterward, determined to put it in my catch-and-release pile. Islands in … Continue reading Islands in the Stream, by Ernest Hemingway
My Copy: 9780385477819 (image from bn.com) I've always wanted to understand science better, and I've been impressed with Michio Kaku's approach to explaining it in documentaries and whatnot. I had to tackle his explanations in book form, and began with this one. Beyond Einstein gives more than the theory of relativity that we've been used … Continue reading Beyond Einstein: The Cosmic Quest for the theory of the Universe
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.
My day started off with headache and nausea, because I finally remembered this was the first day I was going to go into a therapist's office. And I got there later than I planned, but at least I made it. It took me three tries to make the phone call for the appointment in the … Continue reading Big and Bigger Changes All Around: From Therapy to a Dog
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.
My Copy: 9780316256575 (image from goodreads.com) Well, somehow I knew I'd enjoy the hell out of reading this book. It's about 300 pages long, and while that might be a little off-putting for some casual readers, it's really a book full of useful, practical wisdom about our own presence in the world and how to … Continue reading Presence: Bringing Your Boldest Self to Your Biggest Challenges, by Amy Cuddy
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?