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May. 18th, 2017


Chris Cornell


I am just tired, y'all.

May. 14th, 2017

nac mac feegles

Troll: A Love Story

This book was strange but really good in its creativity and difference. I can understand why so many people would be disturbed or upset by what they are reading. But this book is looking at what it means to be human and what it means to be animal. It's meant to be thought-provoking, and let's not pretend people don't usually need a little prodding.
I like it. I don't love it, but it's worth a quick read. So quick that I thought about it more than I read it.

May. 4th, 2017

evolving man

Things you don't expect to have to say to your employees:

"Seriously, if I see even one picture of Tupac smoking weed, I will be bent."

Apr. 20th, 2017

calvin and hobbes

Celebrate celebrate dance to the music

So long Papa Bear, you absolute piece of shit. The damage he has done to this country not just by appealing to the ignorant and the bigots but by opening the door for more garbage to spew forth is not even estimable anymore.
I don't know enough about the exact allegations. So I can't help but wonder (and feel free to tell me if you know) if he would have been fired had the NY Times not looked into it and found that Fox has schilled out over $13 million to five different women due to O'Reilly's conduct. $13 million, five women. How many times has he bashed the Clintons over Bill's affairs and accused them of something far more sinister? So I don't know if this firing was already in the works or if the Times helped things along.
Oh, another trip down memory lane: Does anyone remember when Captain Falafel lost custody of his children for beating their mom? It turns out that dragging your wife down the stairs by her throat is frowned upon in our liberal and pussy-fied society.
All I know is this could be the beginning of something wonderful for our country. If it's not too late already.

Feb. 21st, 2017

calvin and hobbes

Do you laugh or cry?


This is where our country is.

Feb. 19th, 2017

true love 2

This guy

14 years together last month and I still like this guy. Once upon a time I would have laughed that idea right off. Today we wanted to stick around the house after walking the dogs, and this guy spent more than a few hours helping me work on my Silhouette so we could create another little piece of homemade art for the bedroom.
We are kind of sickening at times. ;D

Feb. 17th, 2017

Red Sonja

Hopeful? Happy?

Or afraid? Because in spite of our unseasonably warm weather, one has to wonder if Hell froze over. I've said that in other posts, I know. But if even Fox is questioning and speaking out against Trump, well...


Jan. 29th, 2017

local revolution


http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/dick-cheney-donald-trump-muslim-ban-extreme Cheney has spoken out against Trump's ban on Muslims. That was somewhat surprising to me. Not surprised at all that he mentions coming from Puritans. Heh.
What I do want people to talk more about is the ban itself. Why doesn't the ban include countries Trump has a business interest in? Are we pretending there isn't a conflict of interest having a rich business man running things? Is the fact that when his presidency is over he faces his biggest profits ever really not important?

Jan. 26th, 2017

evolving man

I am usually all about the strings

But tonight we're doing the homemade Neapolitan pizza thing and I just really feel like there should be a lot more Dean Martin going on, that's all.

Jan. 24th, 2017

today's lesson-the rich

Thank you, California!

For this: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/jan/24/california-governors-speech-comes-amid-shifting-po/

and also for this: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/jan/23/california-attorney-general-nominee-faces-final-hu/

And good try with Twitter, Badlands peoples!

Is it too soon in this administration to start a pool about Sean Spicer's mental health? You know, how long before the meltdown, what sort of drugs he'll show up a decade from now after rehab admitting to, etc.? I don't think so.

I haven't finished White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America by Nancy Isenberg, yet, so it could end bad and I could hate it and all that. But so far, I think it's a must-read by everyone. Liberal, conservative, or even in the middle. Blacks and whites.There are a lot of things she is going over that I did know. And some of you will know. But I haven't read about it in so long, and the context gets lost. Other books have covered things we didn't know about history or things we weren't taught. But the thing getting me about this book is that some of these things we HAVE been taught. Or at least I was. But when you are older, there is much better understanding of what these things actually mean. We need to know where we come from and how America was really founded. This class war has been going on long before we were a country. The class wars are why we are a country. There are also some various places all the racial animosity comes from, too. At the time, yeah, black people were looked upon as a lesser species. But so were poor whites. There were some people who thought industriousness and discipline could be "bred" into whites within a few generations, though. A lot of people only opposed slavery because it took away work from white laborers and ruined the whole concept of why they were shipped off to America to begin with.There is a lot out there about this. Cards have been stacked against massive groups of people from the get go. It explains a lot about where certain ideas and belief systems we hold to this day come from. Please go out and educate yourself as much as possible before there is a blackout on the libraries, too.

Jan. 22nd, 2017


As the country discusses alternative facts

https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/193 America decides to leave the United Nations.

Dec. 25th, 2016


I'm pretty confidant I'm done reading for this year, so... to be continued....

It's funny, too, because we have given out so many books as gifts.... I know the kiddo is finally getting her kindle, too. And FINALLY I am going to have time off. I had to use it or lose it, because I've had so little time off this year. But I'm not letting my week get sidetracked by books. Not any book. I want to work out, I want to clean up this house, and I want to knock a few craft and sewing projects off my list so I can make a path in my home office again.
The bathroom is done, too, but still needs the trim. So here is where I start the to-read list for 2017. I expect now that I have my much worked-for promotion, this year more focus will be on health and wellness, which includes a lot more reading. The first few will be the carryovers I didn't get to this year, not necessarily the order in which they get read, obvs. I should also add 12 blanks to fill in my book club choices. I will have to add to this over the year, no doubt.

1. Lone Survivors: How We Came to Be the Only Humans on Earth - Chris Stringer
2. The Scientific American Day in the Life of Your Brain - Judit Horstman
3. A Man Called Ove - Fredrik Backman
4. All the Light We Cannot See -Anthony Doerr
5. The Girl in the Ice - Robert Bryndza
5. In the Woods - Tana French
6. Pyramids - Terry Pratchett
7. The Thirst - Jo Nesbo
8. Mudbound - Hillary Jordana
9. Dust to Dust - Tami Hoag
10. Prior Bad Acts - Tami Hoag

11. Between the World and Me - Ta-Nehisi Coates
12. The Hanging Girl - Jussi Adler-Olsen
13. Why Nations Fail - Daron Acemoglu
14. Mindwise: Why We Misunderstand What Others Think, Believe, Feel, and Want - Nicholas Epley
15. White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America - Nancy Isenberg
16. The Children's Home - Charles Lambert
17. Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis - J.D. Vance
18. Everything We Keep - Kerry Lonsdale
19. First Frost - Sarah Addison Allen
20. The Night Circus - Erin Morganstern
21. The Patron Saint of Lost Dogs - Nick Trout
22. An Edible History of Humanity - Tom Standage
23. The Death and Life of Bobby Z - Don Winslow
24. The Copper Beech - Maeve Binchy
25. My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry - Fredrik Backman
26. Kissing the Witch - Emma Donoghue
27. Troll: A Love Story - Johanna Sinisalo
28. Britt-Marie Was Here - Fredrik Backman
29. A Thousand Pieces of You - Claudia Gray
30. The 9th Girl - Tami Hoag
31. Villa Incognito - Tom Robbins
32. Three Moments of an Explosion - China Miéville
33. Cinder - Marissa Meyer
34. The Book of Speculation - Erica Swyler

35. Homegoing - Yaa Gyasi
36. The Philosophy Book: Big Ideas Simply Explained - Will Buckingham
37. Girls Like Us -Rachel Lloyd
38. Scarlet - Marissa Meyer
39. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them - Newt Scamander
40. Nonsense on Stilts - Massimo Pigliucci

Dec. 6th, 2016

bite the power

Small great things have so much power...

Wow. I usually roll my eyes when I read reviews calling a book important. It just seems so pretentious. But the various things I've read really intrigued me, and I am so glad I read it. We can say what we like about the ending feeling contrived or too tidy. People will no doubt criticize Picoult for assuming the voice of a black character. I wouldn't ordinarily jump to someone's defense for that, but this book is really ballsy, I think. And I see where she was going with it. She's not here to be the savior of blacks, she is writing to people like herself. Because racism doesn't just belong to blacks. Of course we can't speak to their experiences. That's not what I mean. But racism is our history. Mine, yours, our country's. Say it isn't your fault all day, but you still participate. You still reap rewards you aren't even aware of. Read not just this book, but also the author's note. I only worry she is preaching to the choir and those "slightly racist" aunts we all have will be too uncomfortable to read.

I have read a lot of reviews who criticize her for including so much of Turk's point of view. They didn't feel it was necessary, but I completely disagree. Showing the human side of his character is very important. Know thine enemy and all that.... But seriously, don't kid yourselves. Ignoring them obviously will not make them go away. Look at our presidential election aftermath.
I think this book is a good place to start some important conversations. Hopefully not just with the people who look like we do, but it's still a great start.

And personally, at the risk of kind of spoiling things, I needed this ending. Lately so much of the world and particularly our country seems to be taking the crazy out for celebration. I feel the horror may just be warming up. Pay attention. You can't have ignorance without ignore.

Nov. 15th, 2016


another book turned novel

I am a big fan of the Department Q novels by Jussi Adler-Olsen. Tonight I got to watch the movie made from the first book in the series, The Keeper of Lost Causes. It's in Danish, but you can get it subtitled in English.
It's great! Fares Fares plays Assad, the miracle of an assistant, and looks exactly like the Assad in my imagination! While I didn't ever think of the lead character as hot, the actor who plays him makes that work.
The acting is good, and somehow these foreign movies seem to not mess with the stories so much. I give it two thumbs up AND a fist bump.
Also, if you like Scandinavian thrillers and haven't tried Adler-Olsen, get on it.

Nov. 4th, 2016

amazon barbie

You should read this


This is the piece of the election no one seems to understand.

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