If a group of scientists came out and said that millions of Americans were suffering PTSD from surviving 2020 (so far), that wouldn't surprise me a bit. Each day I see more posts about trying to be positive or do something, or posts about having difficulty dealing with what was going on lately. For myself, … Continue reading The months of This American Madness have robbed me of my mind…
I haven't been north of my house for shopping or anything else in several weeks, certainly not before the mask mandates for the whole state came down. I went to a dollar store about a mile north of my house this morning for coffee creamer (because the world ends in this place if there is … Continue reading I don’t understand the seething hate conservatives seem to have for liberals…
My Copy: 9780867196023 (image from bn.com) I'm trying to remember where and when I first heard or saw Barefoot Gen mentioned, but it was either in regard to graphic novels and their place in the classroom, or it was some internet analysts breaking down anime styles and stories over the years. Perhaps it was both. … Continue reading Barefoot Gen, vol 1, by Keiji Nakazawa (trans. by Project Gen)
I think I read this article four times today and just kept thinking about it, and about this man and the interesting life he led even though imprisonment and a regime that couldn't allow for change... until he did it himself. At least, I haven't read the book he published yet (sigh--another book to put … Continue reading From Brain Pickings: “The Great Czech Playwright Turned Dissident Turned President Václav Havel on Hope”
I don't have an account to save YouTube vids I love or appreciate (gmail screws me every time and all the apps kill my computer), but Scottie's Toy Box occasionally snaps up videos by this gentleman. He's named Beau of the Fifth Column, and I gotta say, I'm gonna make a point to look him … Continue reading This is the most sensible thing I’ve heard about “good guys with guns” yet…
This one was a tricky one to read, and took me a couple tries to really get, if only because there was so much dialogue and so many contrary moments. I'd also never heard of this play, so I didn't have a basis to fall back on and get a gist. I think this is … Continue reading “Timon of Athens,” from The Oxford Shakespeare: The Complete Works, by W. Shakespeare
Okay, yesterday was my heavy Mother's Day question. Today's my lighter one, but one that's bugged me a while. I first really noticed it last year, when I was out getting things and some salespeople just up and said "Happy Mother's Day" as I was finishing my purchases and leaving. Something about that struck me. … Continue reading #068–Blitz Q: Why do people tell EVERY woman “Happy Mother’s Day” even if they may not have kids?
I guess we could call this Part 2 of my question about the value of life. And, not to be an arrogant ass, I feel like I've bumped into an invisible elephant in the room regarding our discussions about mass killings. I've had this weighing on my mind for years, and it hit me today … Continue reading #058–In the eyes of the law, what does “insanity” mean? And where does that fit in with “mental issues” and gun violence?
I decided to rebel against this shit years ago, and my growing temper will make me keep it up. It hit me when I was a student teacher in the high school and had the classroom to myself for the first time. Well, one kid and his buddies decided to make my life a living … Continue reading #055–Why do we teach kids to say “I’m Sorry,” even if they don’t mean it, and that it makes everything okay?
My Copy: 9780199267170 I had a hard time getting through this one. I was confused a little as to the behavior of many of the characters, and finally the ending made me a little mad at first. I had to take some time to read it again, and some analyses made of the story. My … Continue reading “The Taming of the Shrew,” from The Oxford Shakespeare: The Complete Works, by W. Shakespeare