“Henry VI, Part II,” from The Oxford Shakespeare: The Complete Works, by W. Shakespeare.

My Copy: 9780199267170 If you're wondering where the hell Henry VI, Part I went as a review, I haven't done it yet. When tackling this reading-and-reviewing Shakespeare thing, I had a tough job to do. I was initially going to try and get the plays reviewed in chronological order by historical event. However, with the myriad … Continue reading “Henry VI, Part II,” from The Oxford Shakespeare: The Complete Works, by W. Shakespeare.

Truth Stranger than Fiction: Father Henson’s Story of His Own Life, by Josiah Henson

My copy: 9781435108387 (image from abebooks.com) This particular work has sat on my shelf since I took my last Antebellum South class in school, but I hadn't had the chance to read it yet. I find it more spiritual than other runaway-slave narratives, and it's relatively short. You'd have to be from another planet (or … Continue reading Truth Stranger than Fiction: Father Henson’s Story of His Own Life, by Josiah Henson

I Can Be Afraid and Angry, Even When I Don’t Know Where to Set It.

I probably could've jumped on the #metoo bandwagon while it was still rolling strong, but I wanted to listen more than anything. I wanted to understand, because when it comes to social skills, I have few. Then the texts came this morning. Maybe it's some twisted coincidence, but 10 has become a cursed number for … Continue reading I Can Be Afraid and Angry, Even When I Don’t Know Where to Set It.

The Lost Boy: A Foster Child’s Search for the Love of a Family, by Dave Pelzer

My Copy: 9781558745155 (image from amazon.com) I hadn't read this one before now, and am glad I picked it up. For the longest time, I thought A Child Called "It" was the only story told. It took me a few years to realize the story continued, and so did the struggle. While one might be … Continue reading The Lost Boy: A Foster Child’s Search for the Love of a Family, by Dave Pelzer

Why I am a Free-Hugger

Off and on since 2012, I've had my "Free Hugs" sign. Naturally, when it's cold or flu season, I put it away. I pull it out of my car and put it on a chair or my travel cart for people to see. Plenty of people read it, and either smile, look quizzical, chuckle, or scoff. Some mumble that nothing's for free and give me the hairy eyeball. Some are just beaming and come over with their arms out, ready to go. Some just come over to ask what it's all about, which is part of the reason I'm explaining today.