Bringing music-making back, though the licorice stick will have to wait til I build those mouth muscles again…

I figured I'd get some other things done in the past few weeks as my obsession with music has helped me kick my depression to the curb and I'm getting my motivation back. The struggle continues, but I'm finally at the place where I want to be working on actually playing music again, and have … Continue reading Bringing music-making back, though the licorice stick will have to wait til I build those mouth muscles again…

Sugar Shock!: How sweets & simple carbs can derail your life–& how you can get back on track, by Connie Bennett, C.H.H.C. & Stephen T. Sinatra, M.D.

My Copy: 9780425213575 (image from bn.com) I skipped this book to the head of the line when I was about to go to the hospital for scoping procedures and knew my eating habits would need to be changed. I've been wanting to do so, but this book had some great wake-up calls and reminders to … Continue reading Sugar Shock!: How sweets & simple carbs can derail your life–& how you can get back on track, by Connie Bennett, C.H.H.C. & Stephen T. Sinatra, M.D.

One way to ensure house cleaning gets done fast: sudden roommates.

I knew today was just gonna be weird. Started out crazy and never seemed to stop. My computer abruptly (after a storm) stopped connecting to my TV and that led to me finally updating both my computers. My office is a wreck so I've been using the computer in the living room exclusively. Plus, my … Continue reading One way to ensure house cleaning gets done fast: sudden roommates.

One Positive Takeaway from the Coronavirus “Disruption”: No more Texas standardized testing bullshit this school year.

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.

Looking into the black hole, and I can’t see the safety net.

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.

Barefoot Gen, vol 10: Never Give Up, by Keiji Nakazawa

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

Barefoot Gen, vol 4: Out of the Ashes, 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

Astrophysics for People in a Hurry, by Neil deGrasse Tyson

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

A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, by James Joyce

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

This week on the trip to rock bottom…

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…