Dealing with a semi-sick bird at home, because he hates me 90% of the time & the nearest avian vet is an hour away…

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…

Beyond Einstein: The Cosmic Quest for the theory of the Universe

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

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.

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.

Presence: Bringing Your Boldest Self to Your Biggest Challenges, by Amy Cuddy

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

#062–How do you talk to someone in your family when you have nothing to say?

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?

The Disease to Please: Curing the People-Pleasing Syndrome, by Harriet B. Braiker, Ph.D.

My copy: 9780071385640 (image from amazon.com) It took me a little while to read this book. Not that it was overly-clinical and complex, but rather it was saturated with information that needed some careful reading and analyzing. The Disease to Please is a great book for anybody who has difficulty measuring their self-worth compared to … Continue reading The Disease to Please: Curing the People-Pleasing Syndrome, by Harriet B. Braiker, Ph.D.

I Can Be Afraid and Angry, Even When I Don’t Know Where to Set It.

I probably could've jumped on the #metoo bandwagon while it was still rolling strong, but I wanted to listen more than anything. I wanted to understand, because when it comes to social skills, I have few. Then the texts came this morning. Maybe it's some twisted coincidence, but 10 has become a cursed number for … Continue reading I Can Be Afraid and Angry, Even When I Don’t Know Where to Set It.