The Backyard Gardener: Simple, easy, & beautiful gardening with vegetables, herbs & flowers, by K. Orzel.

My Copy: 9781493026579 (image from bn.com) I gotta admit--the photos in this book make me drool over the lovely plant-life. The Backyard Gardener is a great resource for those who need some info before investing a bunch of money in gardening. (I kinda wish I started reading this before I went all-out in my quarantine … Continue reading The Backyard Gardener: Simple, easy, & beautiful gardening with vegetables, herbs & flowers, by K. Orzel.

This Michigan craziness reminds me why I am shutting down work while I’m ahead…

image from citizentruth.org Granted, the situation in Texas is VERY different than the one in Michigan. Michigan has more stringent measures put into place regarding business closures (which might make sense, considering the numbers dying up there right now). Of course, since state governments are trying to do the best they can--or at least some … Continue reading This Michigan craziness reminds me why I am shutting down work while I’m ahead…

Isaac’s Storm: A Man, A Time and the Deadliest Hurricane in History, by Erik Larson

My Copy: 9780375708275 (image by sciencebookmix.com) I can't tell if my choices are oddly appropriate, or I'm just a morbid little turd. Harvey was raging over our heads and the torrential downpour could drive anyone a little nuts, and yet I pick up this book again to read during the storm. I'll chalk this up … Continue reading Isaac’s Storm: A Man, A Time and the Deadliest Hurricane in History, by Erik Larson

The Post-Summer Sunscreen debacle, or why (most) Americans ignore sunscreen when Fall hits…

Start flipping channels in May and you'll still come across at least a dozen sunscreen commercials each day. This momentum keeps going until the "back to school" sales start in earnest, and then we don't hear about sunscreen for about 9 months. That doesn't make sense for Texas, though, or at least southeast Texas. Most … Continue reading The Post-Summer Sunscreen debacle, or why (most) Americans ignore sunscreen when Fall hits…

#030–Why would anyone who is NOT a peace officer want to “open carry” a firearm?

January 1st, 2016--I spent the morning and afternoon in Starbucks, looking at everybody who came in the door to see who had a handgun holster. That day, the open-carry law in Texas was in effect, and out of curiosity, I left the house to see it (and work on some research project of mine in … Continue reading #030–Why would anyone who is NOT a peace officer want to “open carry” a firearm?

#002: Beyond the over-hyped election, what else can we do to make positive changes & policies in the U.S.?

My inner social studies teacher is kicking me right now, telling me "of course the vote is important, it's your civic duty, it's how our voices are heard, etc." I don't believe that as much as when I was a wide-eyed, newly-registered political innocent, certain that my scrap of paper in the box meant a lot to somebody out there. Then again, that's about all I was taught regarding political participation.