I might’ve gone a bit overboard with the indoor herb-garden thing… but I might just love the possible headaches anyway.

I spent some time just after the last post thinking about getting supplies for the garden, and then said "screw it" and went to get the shelves and casters at least. And then, I just up and got a bunch of smaller containers and herb seedlings... and some kale, and some cabbage, and some lettuce. … Continue reading I might’ve gone a bit overboard with the indoor herb-garden thing… but I might just love the possible headaches anyway.

Bringing new friends home at last, & hoping for the best…

I was gonna wait til tomorrow to go back to the store and get the parakeets I heard were gonna be available. I knew they had 'em, but they weren't available to be bought yet because they do a check-up and quarantine of sorts for a week or two to make sure they're okay and … Continue reading Bringing new friends home at last, & hoping for the best…

I used to be a free-hugger, now I’m not so sure I can go back to it…

Several years ago--one of my first blog posts, actually--I wrote "Why I am a Free-Hugger". Some people were a bit mystified as to what it was about or what I was doing, even as an introvert. It was a way to give people a chance to chat or have a good moment in a busy … Continue reading I used to be a free-hugger, now I’m not so sure I can go back to it…

Failure is Not An Option: Mission Control From Mercury to Apollo 13 and Beyond, by Gene Kranz

My Copy: 9781439148815 (image from bn.com) Anyone who's a fan of (or has even seen) Apollo 13 probably remembers a guy with a crew cut and a white shirt and vest stomping out of a room yelling "Failure is not an option" during one of the many tense scenes. That guy was Gene Kranz, played … Continue reading Failure is Not An Option: Mission Control From Mercury to Apollo 13 and Beyond, by Gene Kranz

The Right Stuff, by Tom Wolfe

My Copy: 9780312427566 (image from booktopia.com.au) I'll admit: I saw the film based on this book probably a few dozen times before I ever read the book. Tom Wolfe's book about the beginnings of the U.S. Space Program is a fascinating real-life story, in that it's far more about the people involved, especially the first … Continue reading The Right Stuff, by Tom Wolfe

There’s just something odd about bringing a person’s ashes back home…

Dad came home today, in a very shiny pewter urn with the paperwork I needed for all the damned legalese meant to prevent greedy idiots from trying to take away all he built. The urn was heavy and bigger than I thought it would be, but nicely engraved with dad's name on it. In the … Continue reading There’s just something odd about bringing a person’s ashes back home…

#033–The Titanic had 20 lifeboats. Why did Carpathia only end up with 13 of them?

Years and years of checking figures and it came down to one sentence in a webpage that I'd missed until yesterday (Yes, I was watching A Night to Remember for the umpteenth time). This is a question I'd always wondered about. I mean, the story was compelling as hell, and I get wrapped up in … Continue reading #033–The Titanic had 20 lifeboats. Why did Carpathia only end up with 13 of them?

Hidden Figures: The American Dream & the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race, by Margo Lee Shetterly

I bought this one on a whim while at Barnes & Noble because I'm a space nerd & I wasn't going to wait for it to come out in paperback while it was right there in front of me.

What really surprised me was my best friend--who I don't think of as a nonfiction fan--started gushing about it & demanded that I read it.

Starship Troopers, by Robert A. Heinlein

My copy: 9780441783588 Well, I'm not going to bother with a description of how different the book is from the 90s film (hint: a lot!). But on its own, just reading it for what it was, I found it a bit surprising and enjoyable. I haven't read Mr. Heinlein's other works yet, so I can't lend … Continue reading Starship Troopers, by Robert A. Heinlein

2010: Odyssey Two, by Arthur C. Clarke

My copy: 9780345303066 Now, I already reviewed the book "2001: A Space Odyssey" last month, so if you've read the book yourself, I'll make sure to let you know some of the oddities and confusion that might stem from reading this book...especially if you haven't seen the film. I saw the film "2010" probably a dozen … Continue reading 2010: Odyssey Two, by Arthur C. Clarke