Hard Learner

When I was much younger, I would stick it to the “Man.” To say that I am not the brightest tool in the drawer would be an understatment. Seems in my youthfully ignorant days, I refused to pay property taxes. As such, I would be pulled over for having...

Childhood Houses

I counted it up once, and by the time I reached my teenage years, I had at least nine different mailing addresses. The joys of being a military brat, growing up all over the world. And I wouldn’t change it for the anything. I lived in motels, camping trailers,...

New Reads and New Views

I mentioned before that I would like to read an author I’ve not read before each month this year. So I decided to add some other things to that list. This year, I plan to read a book by an author I’ve not read before, read a classic, and read a...

The Therapy of Reading

When I take the time to actually think about it, I have always read and written stories and poems as a sort of therapy, a way to deal with the things I see, hear, and experience throughout life. As a small child, I loved mysteries (The Three Investigators, Hardy...

Review: Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel is an absolute train wreck. And not at all like that sounds. It depicts a train wreck of what our society has become. It is a jungle of things. Things that mean nothing. Tossed away without thought and replaced by something new....

Winter Wonderland

With Northwest Arkansas experiencing record sustained cold temperatures, I dressed appropriately in layers when I went out to clean the snow and ice off the car and the driveway and sidewalk. It wasn’t long before I shucked the coat, and not long after this...

2020: What a Year!

Many unexpected things happened during the year. One of the most exciting is that I committed to 38 books when I participated in the annual Goodreads[dot]com reading challenge but finished an amazing 47 titles. Another exciting bit was that early on, I noticed that...

Mr. Williams Knocks It Out of the Park Again

During my senior year in high school back in 1988, I paid the criminal price of $19.95 for a hardback book from DAW publishing. The tale of a young kitchen scullion who would become a king. I became immediately enamored with the characters and setting and history of a...

The Magnificent Masters of Florence

Without much fanfare—at least that I noticed—an 8-episode series started on NetFlix in December 2016. Medici: Masters of Florence, starring Game of Thrones alumni Richard Madden, is a historical period drama. It follows the beginnings of the Medici influence over...

I Love Movies on the Big Screen

One of the things that I most look forward to when life starts to more resemble normalcy is my almost-weekly trip to the movie theater. I love sitting in the reclining chair with one leg draped off the side and a small tub of popcorn sitting on the swing-over table....