Creating a mess because I’m trying to help my pets…

I really shouldn't make "stop spending money" pledges to myself out loud... because then something comes up to derail that train of thought. And my mind has been largely derailed the whole weekend. I'm about to fall asleep sitting here after days of worrying and trying to get situated. At least I know I'll sleep … Continue reading Creating a mess because I’m trying to help my pets…

The annoying war against vermin has resumed…

I should have known that while I was trying to keep things cleaner in the house and fixing the holes that animals could exploit in my sandy foundation pad the past few days, I would find myself confronting an old creepy menace: mice. As usual, it started with wings flapping and my birds freaking out … Continue reading The annoying war against vermin has resumed…

“Don’t Rock The Boat”: a phrase & a metaphorical story about “crazy-makers” we all know…

I stumbled on this piece of brilliance from a few years ago today. Not sure if this is the original writer or it's an oft-passed along piece, but after my question about "being the bigger person" a few days ago, this made my eyes bulge in surprise, because I'm sure there are a ton of … Continue reading “Don’t Rock The Boat”: a phrase & a metaphorical story about “crazy-makers” we all know…

The end of an era; or, the “squawking green chicken” has flown the coop forever…

It's 5:30 a.m. and I just got in from burying my 28 year old green cheeked Amazon in the yard. I knew something was up with him, but it was the alarmed squeaking and wing-flapping from my parakeets that clued me in that something was amiss. And when I looked to see if there was … Continue reading The end of an era; or, the “squawking green chicken” has flown the coop forever…

#086–Do Jews Interpret the Creation as told in Genesis Literally?

Being a despondent, annoyed, and conflicted person on Sundays, it's perhaps natural that I think about what Sunday usually dredges up: thoughts about religion. I think today I'd have something in common with most of the churchgoers this particular Sunday--hoping the sermons hurry up and finish so everybody can get home and get the barbecue … Continue reading #086–Do Jews Interpret the Creation as told in Genesis Literally?

Making the Call No One Wants to Make, After Getting the Call No One Wants…

My week's been a blur. I haven't been on the internet in days, because less than three hours after I finished the post that ended up scheduled for Wednesday, I got a call from the police to get home ASAP. I'd just been writing about my dad and me in the past week, and how … Continue reading Making the Call No One Wants to Make, After Getting the Call No One Wants…

“Loving Vincent” has to be one of the most beautiful films in years.

I was looking for good film score music to put on my playlist (I downloaded Pollock and Frida) when I bumped into the soundtrack to Loving Vincent by Clint Mansell. I hadn't heard of this film (and it hadn't come out on DVD yet), but I saw the trailer for the film and couldn't believe … Continue reading “Loving Vincent” has to be one of the most beautiful films in years.

Gulliver’s Travels, by Jonathan Swift

My Copy: 9781566197847 (image from abebooks.com) Well, don't judge a book by it's cover, even if it's that neat semi-transparent slip-cover I like for some reason. I still didn't care for the story. I only got about halfway through the book and gave up. Not my cup of tea, I guess; I'm used to Swift in … Continue reading Gulliver’s Travels, by Jonathan Swift

I’m Waiting for the Storm to Come: Harvey’s knocking down south… so far.

I'm a weatherbug. I'm the weirdo with a 35mm camera hoping to get great lightning shots in one click and waste a whole roll of film trying. I wanted to film hurricanes and tornadoes. I watched Twister and wanted to be a storm chaser when I grew up. Actually, the movie made me want to … Continue reading I’m Waiting for the Storm to Come: Harvey’s knocking down south… so far.

Little Women, by Louisa May Alcott

My Copy: 9780760720004 (image courtesy of abebooks.com) For those who love this book, you will HATE this review. I can't help that. I've had this book on my shelves since about 2001, and I've tried to read it several times before this week, but then I'd be interrupted, have to read something else for class, … Continue reading Little Women, by Louisa May Alcott