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