The scales are teetering, or, trying to get the most out of piano practice away from the keyboard…

This has been a week full of starts and stops, especially writing or music wise. I thought up and rejected half a dozen different blog posts because as I thought about writing them the ideas seemed trite or self-evident (or if I asked a question, it was answered before I even opened a web page … Continue reading The scales are teetering, or, trying to get the most out of piano practice away from the keyboard…

Why I stopped believing that suicide is always a selfish act: reflections & a true story.

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.

Those Wednesdays You Wish Just Weren’t, Because it Means You Gotta Wait That Much Longer For a Well-Deserved Drinking Weekend…

And to think, I'm not much of a drinker in the first place. I knew this was the week for it when I started on Monday, and I won't have a semblance of calm til at least Saturday night. Today was the pits, however. I had to be at work and went in early because … Continue reading Those Wednesdays You Wish Just Weren’t, Because it Means You Gotta Wait That Much Longer For a Well-Deserved Drinking Weekend…

Abandon Ship!: The saga of the U.S.S. Indianapolis, the Navy’s greatest sea disaster, by Richard F. Newcomb (with intro & afterward by Peter Maas)

My Copy: 9780060184711 (image from bn.com) Ever since I was a little kid, and Jaws was my favorite movie (still is, actually), I've been curious about sharks and Naval ships. That began with the scene of Quint telling about the Indianapolis disaster. I don't care if I've seen it 200+ times, I will stop what … Continue reading Abandon Ship!: The saga of the U.S.S. Indianapolis, the Navy’s greatest sea disaster, by Richard F. Newcomb (with intro & afterward by Peter Maas)

The Home Repair Files; or When to Chuck it All In and Go Shopping For a New Place…

Maybe it's my impatience at work, but my uncle had a random thought about cost-effectiveness, and put the flea in my aunt's ear. She brought up something I'd been thinking about for 10 years or more...getting rid of this place and starting over with a better one. There are three things this place has going … Continue reading The Home Repair Files; or When to Chuck it All In and Go Shopping For a New Place…

#075–Why are Job Search Websites so NOT Helpful… or is it the Employers Posting the Jobs That Make Them Seem That Way?

I've spent the past few days on several job sites, and I'm getting more and more annoyed each time I sit at the computer and try every combination of keyword and such that I can think of. Maybe I'm picky, or maybe I'm too broad in my thinking, but my results aren't terribly helpful. I'm … Continue reading #075–Why are Job Search Websites so NOT Helpful… or is it the Employers Posting the Jobs That Make Them Seem That Way?