I am sure some people are trying damned hard to find something positive about this whole quarantine thing, and the restrictions that are easing up. Every day is a source of tension in some form or another. But I had to remember something for our kiddos out there, trying to do schoolwork at home and … Continue reading One Positive Takeaway from the Coronavirus “Disruption”: No more Texas standardized testing bullshit this school year.
In essence, my future is a black hole. I suppose that's true for most of us, but I'm really in a strange state regarding my job right now. My boss is leaving the job after next week, and I'm really bummed out about it. I wondered what would happen to the place if she were … Continue reading Looking into the black hole, and I can’t see the safety net.
My Copy: 9780867196016 (image from bn.com) This one's a bit tricky to describe, as it's the last of the series. It's satisfying in one way and has so much in it that it probably could've made enough material for two more books. It's not some super-thick volume, it's just a lot that's tackled in these … Continue reading Barefoot Gen, vol 10: Never Give Up, by Keiji Nakazawa
My Copy: 9780867195958 (image from bn.com) It's amazing how far Gen's come as a young boy, and how much farther still to become a good man. This fourth volume of the Barefoot Gen story continues with our hero and his family trying to make ends meet, even as things get stranger and tougher. The Americans … Continue reading Barefoot Gen, vol 4: Out of the Ashes, by Keiji Nakazawa
My Copy: 9780393609394 (image from amazon.com) I was curious what I could learn from this book--and it taught me a lot more than I thought...and in a hurry, too! With all the crazy things that've gone on the past month, I haven't had a chance to crack open a book in weeks. Glad I got … Continue reading Astrophysics for People in a Hurry, by Neil deGrasse Tyson
My Copy: 9780760726242 (image scanned by me) Sheesh, all these classics and I aren't getting along very well. Considering I've got some Irish in me, I'm a little miffed that I couldn't get into this one. I tried four times over the past month, re-read the introduction twice, and then when it came down to … Continue reading A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, by James Joyce
I'm declaring Feb 21st - 22nd, 2018 as my rock bottom, and I'll be damned before I let myself get that far down again: emotionally, physically, and financially. The epiphany I had in mid January really came to a drastic crossroad this week, and I really have to put the pedal to the metal and … Continue reading This week on the trip to rock bottom…
I've bounced back and forth on this question, because I love to write--and have been trying to get my writing chops back. But I am fuzzy on how to become a good writer, and how to develop your portfolio so people take you seriously, and want you to write for them. What little I can … Continue reading #059–How do you develop the credentials needed to be considered freelance-writer material?
My Copy: 9780756653484 (image from my scanner--the book's a bit big for the glass) You could say I’ve already read and reviewed its “sister-atlas.” I thought perhaps I had two copies of the same one by accident (I do tend to be buy-happy with atlases in the bargain bin). The Atlas of World History is … Continue reading The Atlas of World History: Mapping the Human Journey, ed. by Jeremy Black
My Copy: 9781558743663 (image courtesy alibris.com) The first time I read this book, I spent most of those two hours curled up on my bed with my left hand over my mouth, eyes wide, with an occasional head-shake of disbelief while my right hand turned the pages. I didn't know much about the prevalence of … Continue reading A Child Called “It,” by Dave Pelzer