Running out of books (gasp) & need a sign on my Little Free Library…

Image from LittleFreeLibrary.org Well, when I mean running out of books, I mean those meant for kids. The shelves of books I hold in reserve that I bought myself over the years for kids to read, not my main collection. I have a handful of families that started using it when I first put it … Continue reading Running out of books (gasp) & need a sign on my Little Free Library…

If you have family that donated to Trump online in the past few months, tell ’em to double check their accounts…

There's low, and then there's a limbo bar so close to the ground an ant can't get under it. This is THAT low. Now, I can't stand the Dump. Not a surprise. And I'm sure there's a ton of folks that are scoffing and going "whelp, you get conned by a con-man and you were … Continue reading If you have family that donated to Trump online in the past few months, tell ’em to double check their accounts…

Barefoot Gen, vol. 3: Life After The Bomb, by Keiji Nakazawa (trans. by Project Gen)

My Copy: 9780867195941 (image from bn.com) Barefoot Gen, vol. 3 continues with Gen and his mother Kimie still trying to find a place for them away from Hiroshima until thing stabilize. Gen picks up a stray kid, one he'd mistaken for his little brother in the last book, and he becomes part of the family, … Continue reading Barefoot Gen, vol. 3: Life After The Bomb, by Keiji Nakazawa (trans. by Project Gen)

#055–Why do we teach kids to say “I’m Sorry,” even if they don’t mean it, and that it makes everything okay?

I decided to rebel against this shit years ago, and my growing temper will make me keep it up. It hit me when I was a student teacher in the high school and had the classroom to myself for the first time. Well, one kid and his buddies decided to make my life a living … Continue reading #055–Why do we teach kids to say “I’m Sorry,” even if they don’t mean it, and that it makes everything okay?

It is time I let retailers and banks know how much I HATE chip cards, and why.

Banks and retailers, please listen up. It's the Christmas shopping season, a time when we're supposed to be thinking about peace and good will toward men (the philosophers of Peanuts already covered this pretty well--go look it up). Doesn't stop outright greed in the form of overindulgence or theft. Especially theft. And the easiest way … Continue reading It is time I let retailers and banks know how much I HATE chip cards, and why.

The Maltese Falcon, by Dashiell Hammett

My Copy: 9780679722649 (Image from bookcoverarchive.com) Okay, if you've seen the classic film with Humphrey Bogart, then you've basically got the story down. I love this book. I've read it twice now and will be keeping this one on the shelves in my writer's hall-of-fame. I can't help it. Much like the film itself, the … Continue reading The Maltese Falcon, by Dashiell Hammett

The Complete Sherlock Holmes: The Return of Sherlock Holmes (#4 of 8)

My Copy: 9780880292610 (image from abebooks.com) Ah, yes, the master of deduction has returned (by popular demand, I can assume, if the stories of poor A.C.D.'s rabid fanbase are any indication). From the first story of "Adventure of the Empty House" to 12 more spanning different facts of Holmes and Watson's partnership, it's a fun bunch … Continue reading The Complete Sherlock Holmes: The Return of Sherlock Holmes (#4 of 8)

#023–How are we supposed to realistically protect ourselves & our identities online?

I guess this weekend's events are still taking up space in my noggin (see yesterday's post), because I know I had other questions I could've asked today. But damn it--with our everyday lives being forced online, how the hell are we realistically supposed to be protected and protect ourselves? Now, some might be of the … Continue reading #023–How are we supposed to realistically protect ourselves & our identities online?