(Sigh) Another sad event in the world that’s not a blip on American news…

(Photo Credit: abc.net.au) I think I'd seen the word "Myanmar" occasionally the past few months, but not enough to know why it was in the news. I had to remind myself Myanmar's a country in Southeast Asia, known previously as Burma, east of Bangladesh. And they've had some bad ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity … Continue reading (Sigh) Another sad event in the world that’s not a blip on American news…

The Post-Summer Sunscreen debacle, or why (most) Americans ignore sunscreen when Fall hits…

Start flipping channels in May and you'll still come across at least a dozen sunscreen commercials each day. This momentum keeps going until the "back to school" sales start in earnest, and then we don't hear about sunscreen for about 9 months. That doesn't make sense for Texas, though, or at least southeast Texas. Most … Continue reading The Post-Summer Sunscreen debacle, or why (most) Americans ignore sunscreen when Fall hits…

Texas Flags, by Robert Maberry, Jr.

My Copy: 9781585441662 (image from Brazoria County Historical Museum online) I gotta admit, other than the fact that it was a museum-trip impulse buy, I'm not entirely sure why I picked this book up a few years ago, though I did thumb through it for some visuals a couple of times. Hey, I'm a history … Continue reading Texas Flags, by Robert Maberry, Jr.

Basquiat, by L. Emmerling

My Copy: 9783836527149 (edition cover different in link) I admit, I'm writing this review now because I'm donating it to a library. I don't really care for this particular Taschen book. Not to say the illustrations and writing aren't good, it's that I'm not a Basquiat fan, I suppose. The info about Basquiat and his … Continue reading Basquiat, by L. Emmerling

A Theory: “Superhero” Pop Culture Might Have Helped Elect Donald Trump

(image found on Pinterest) You know when there's some unpleasant niggling at the back of your mind that you can't put your finger on? Well, leave it to Bill Maher to put a name to it in his closer on May 20th's episode of Real Time. Now I have to admit, there's something about superheroes and … Continue reading A Theory: “Superhero” Pop Culture Might Have Helped Elect Donald Trump

The Honourable Schoolboy, by John le Carre

My Copy: 9780143119739 The Honourable Schoolboy is the sequel to Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, part of what's known as the Karla trilogy by some readers. I'm intent on finishing this trilogy, though from what I understand--per leCarre's own comments--Karla and Smiley (our hero) do make appearances in other works. That said, I'm glad that I went … Continue reading The Honourable Schoolboy, by John le Carre

Vietnam and the United States: Origins and Legacy of War, by G. R. Hess

My Copy: 9780805716764 (revised edition) I picked this book up because it was required reading for my Vietnam war and film class a few years ago, but never got a chance to read it in its entirety until now. And for such a slim volume, it is packed with lots of great information for people, … Continue reading Vietnam and the United States: Origins and Legacy of War, by G. R. Hess

#004–What does the 2016 Election say about the U.S. as a nation?

That's been the trend here today: quiet. People waiting in line started out the day really quiet with placid expressions (especially the ladies). I mean, I couldn't tell if the people I saw had stayed up all night and were still bleary-eyed or they were disappointed at the result. Trump is the winner. Something about that leaves a bad taste in my mouth, but I've been carrying that bad taste for over a year. One would think I'd be used to it by now.