My Copy: 9780867196191 (image from bn.com) Whew--the first volume wanted to knock me down with what I'd read, the way Gen's family was portrayed and how things changed the day the bomb went off. Now, we're in the aftermath, the living death and struggle to survive... if one wants to survive at all. Barefoot Gen … Continue reading Barefoot Gen, Vol. 2: The Day After, by Keiji Nakazawa (trans. by Project Gen)
Some of you, dear readers, who have read previous posts about me, my family, and what I was up to, may have guessed at a few truths I wasn't ready to reveal. However, I will also say that this true story was not the reason I suddenly changed my mind about suicide and the idea … Continue reading Why I stopped believing that suicide is always a selfish act: reflections & a true story.
My Copy: 9780385485517 (image from amazon.com) I'm not sure what exactly I expected to get from this book, but I did find it immensely helpful in a lot of ways. I think the title sums up what might be the overarching, lingering thing about dealing with suicide--most of the time, there's no time to say … Continue reading No Time to Say Goodbye: Surviving the Suicide of a Loved One, by Carla Fine
I love Super Mario Bros. Anyhoo... I suppose being sick for over a solid week has just screwed me up. First it was allergies, then it was a full-blown cold. The weather can't make up it's mind. it's supposed to be in the 80 degree range this week then jump straight into summer, at least, … Continue reading Digging that side tunnel: a cousin 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…
My Copy: 0345342968 (image from abebooks.com) I viewed this book as my own personal version of hell when I first read it several years ago. Social media and smartphones have become staples in the time since then, and now the book has taken on a more dreadful tone. Fahrenheit 451 is the book about a … Continue reading Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury
I suppose if I was smarter and less susceptible to my own bullshit, I'd have been going through my short stories and writing more on these impromptu days off instead of playing "Clue" and watching Akira for the umpteenth time on the desktop.