Live Green: 52 steps for a more sustainable life, by Jen Chillingsworth

My Copy: 9781787133198 This is a pretty good little book and I was glad that I picked it up. Live Green is all about finding different ways to make your life a little cleaner and friendlier to the environment. From what I could see, I believe Ms. Chillingsworth is a Brit, so there are some … Continue reading Live Green: 52 steps for a more sustainable life, by Jen Chillingsworth

An actual winter & an insane morning don’t mix well.

17 degrees Fahrenheit. That's what it was when I finally listened to my dog's whining (which happens when he knows I'm clearly not asleep like I should be) and got up around 7 a.m. Off and on all night I'd heard freezing rain pinging on my window and roof, and it would wake me up … Continue reading An actual winter & an insane morning don’t mix well.

The Parakeet Handbook, by Anette Wolter & Immanuel Birmelin

My Copy: 0764110187 (image from bn.com) One thing I've learned about wanting to learn new things--and using books as a major resource--is that when it's a Barron's publication, you've got few worries. The same goes for The Parakeet Handbook. I like this book. It could use a few more illustrations, perhaps, but it's not overly … Continue reading The Parakeet Handbook, by Anette Wolter & Immanuel Birmelin

No-Waste Kitchen Gardening: Regrow your leftover greens, stalks, seeds, & more; by K. Elzer-Peters.

My Copy: 9780760361603 (image from bn.com) If you're trying to minimize your garbage impact, running out of compost pile room, big on experimentation (for yourself or the kids), or just wanna grow your own food... then this is a book to try out. No-Waste Kitchen Gardening doesn't require you to have much more than an … Continue reading No-Waste Kitchen Gardening: Regrow your leftover greens, stalks, seeds, & more; by K. Elzer-Peters.

“Twelfth Night, or What You Will,” From The Oxford Shakespeare: The Complete Works, by W. Shakespeare

Maybe it's just been a bad time, but I tried for two weeks to read and get into this play. I think I should read it again another day, but honestly, I think I'm a bit tired of these "comedies of errors" that keep cropping up. Week after week of romance, pining, mistaken identity, tricks … Continue reading “Twelfth Night, or What You Will,” From The Oxford Shakespeare: The Complete Works, by W. Shakespeare

“The Merry Wives of Windsor,” from The Oxford Shakespeare: The Complete Works, by W. Shakespeare

This one's probably the easiest play to read, other than Romeo and Juliet, so far. I have to say I really got into it and it wasn't overly complex as far as the action goes. That could be because Shakespeare intended it to be a contemporary story for his contemporary audience, and didn't have to … Continue reading “The Merry Wives of Windsor,” from The Oxford Shakespeare: The Complete Works, by W. Shakespeare

“A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” from The Oxford Shakespeare: The Complete Works, by W. Shakespeare

Okay, I can definitely say after reading this one that it would be vastly improved by watching a stage performance. I had trouble getting into it, and trouble remembering who was supposed to be chasing after who for a bit--namely the men. Hermia and Helena, despite having similar names were pretty easy to tell apart. … Continue reading “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” from The Oxford Shakespeare: The Complete Works, by W. Shakespeare

#022–How did 19th Century people NOT get lost in the American West?

If you're anything like me--someone who grew up watching too many Western films on VCR or classic movie channels--then you know what I'm talking about here. The lone rider is on his horse, looking over the vast expanse with a few bushes, rocks and scattered little trees (or cacti, if it's the desert). The sun rises and he sets off (or it sets and he makes camp)...