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…
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?
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…
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.
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 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.
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
My Copy: 9780143119739 The Honourable Schoolboy is the sequel to Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, part of what's known as the Karla trilogy by some readers. I'm intent on finishing this trilogy, though from what I understand--per leCarre's own comments--Karla and Smiley (our hero) do make appearances in other works. That said, I'm glad that I went … Continue reading The Honourable Schoolboy, by John le Carre
It began suddenly. A middle-aged woman and a young man with a motorcycle helmet got into it. He'd parked in the handicapped spot and come in to order his coffee. So, without warning, she started yelling at him about how he should be ashamed to take the handicapped parking spot...
You know those days when things’re just going along--not good and not bad, just going along--and then you get a phone call that changes your whole attitude toward the day?