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1001 Movies, Part 4.

There are no rule-breakers in this list, unless one of them won an obscure Oscar that I missed. Seems that abiding by the rules is still not enough to guarantee quality. The 1001 Movies guy has some unusual choices … … Continue reading

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1001 Movies, Part 3. Drinking Edition

During a pandemic, it goes without saying that movies will have alcoholic accompaniments, and I thought it would be helpful to share some of mine. The Wizard of Oz is a movie about a girl trapped in a strange land … Continue reading

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1001 Movies, Part 2

Last night was a two-fer. We watched The Ox-Box Incident, and then, with time to spare, I decided to sneak in a non-list movie and watched the documentary 13th. WELL …. turns out 13th is one of the 1001 after … Continue reading

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1001 Movies, Part I

COVID19 certainly has done a number on my ability to concentrate on reading a book, let alone write a blog about it. I read Michelle Obama’s Becoming (fantastic!) and then a trashy mystery as a kick start. I liked the … Continue reading

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Because the world kind of sucks.

Are you, like me, a privileged white person looking for something you can do to make a difference? Are you, like me, a Karen, looking for a way to make amends for all the idiot Karens out there? I won’t … Continue reading

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Peak Performance

Peak Performance; Elevate Your Game, Avoid Burnout, and Thrive with the New Science of Success. By Brad Stulberg and Steve Magness I started this self-help book a long time ago (a long, long, loooonnnnnnng time ago in today’s world). I … Continue reading

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Humble Pi

Humble Pi, by Matt Parker Matt Parker is a ginormous* math nerd who has compiled together a collection of entertaining accounts of Math Gone Wrong. Stories of mathematical mistakes range from fuel-depleted airplanes to computer memory leaks, and for the … Continue reading

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Reminiscing about The Far Side

The Complete Far Side, by Gary Larsen The Complete Far Side was a Christmas gift from my nephew, perhaps the highest weight-to-size ratio of any gift ever! I secretly believe this was to get me back for my giving him … Continue reading

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Eifelheim Ancient Aliens

Eifelheim, by Michael Flynn (not to be confused with┬áretired United States Army Lieutenant General and convicted felon Michael Flynn) On the surface, this would seem like a book that’s right up my alley. An alien ship crash-lands in 14th century … Continue reading

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Better Late Than Never – 2019 un fait accompli

2019 was not a stellar year for reading. It was, however, a good year for learning about reading. Or, should I say, learning about not reading. Here are a few of my 2019 insights if I really want to read … Continue reading

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