The Fishermen

It’s Sunday . . . and it’s cool! After a week of temps in the high 80s and 90s – with humidity to match – it is finally a nice and comfortable mid-70s day, and I’m in love.  I may actually end up using my oven tonight, and if that happens, not only will I…

Wednesday Thoughts

Well, USPS has neither returned nor delivered the package I mailed off two weeks ago, so I’m assuming that it’s lost.  My friend – bless her – went to her post office and asked about the box; they told her that it was somewhere in the system and that she might get it soon.  I’m…

Summer Dreamin’

My meticulous and well-thought out plan of teaching this summer hit a snag when I didn’t hit the minimum for enrollment. As a result, those courses were cancelled, making this the first summer since I-can’t-remember-when that I’ll have a full summer break.  A whole summer just for me and my various devices. I have no…

And…It’s Thursday

I awoke after a wretched night of tossing and turning. I believed that it might have been due to dinner – homemade tacos – and my being too liberal with the spices.  We ate late, and I’ve found over the years that eating spicy foods after 6 pm will result in a difficult trek through…

Light Thoughts

Spring Break is not shaping out as I’d expected. I mean, I still have exams to grade, but it’s like the time is slipping through my fingers like . . . something that can slip through one’s fingers at a fast rate. (I’m tired and I haven’t had any coffee, so you’ll just have to bear…

Fifty A Day, Plus Expenses

Since I’ve got some down time, I could do one of two things: Work or read. And I’m not working.  Ha! I’m on semester break, so . . . um, yeah. So, I visited a used bookstore – because I have absolutely nothing in my home to read (save for those two hundred books stacked on…

Vietnam Journal – Books

When I was in the army, I developed a fixation on comic books.  This struck me as extremely odd, given that I had virtually no interest in them whatsoever (despite a brief flirtation with the notion of becoming a cartoonist).  I had some, but they were usually specialized or topical, not the run-of-the-mill superhero or…

Operation New Books

Well, Operation: Finish the Book did not end as I’d hoped. I’d noted that I was reading Selwyn Raab’s Five Families, a book that I’d been plowing through for nearly a year.  I managed to work my way through another one hundred or so pages, but it was soon apparent that I’d lost my enthusiasm…

Operation Finish the Book

After realizing how long it’d taken me to finish Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, I decided to see what else was on my bookshelf that I’d been reading in slow motion.  Well, ten months ago, I picked up a copy of Selwyn Raab’s, Five Families: The Rise, Decline, and Resurgence of America’s Most Powerful Mafia Empires…

Tell Me A Story

This week I managed to get something that I’d wanted for a while but had no clue on how to go about getting it – namely, a map of Middle Earth.  I am not much of a Tolkien fan; I’ve started Lord of the Rings three separate times and I always lose interest at the…

Force and Destiny

Yesterday, while roaming around town, I stopped at yet another used bookstore. But first, let me first delve into a prologue of sorts: I’ve mentioned numerous times that I’ve developed a fascination for role playing games, even though I’ve yet to actually play any of them.  Something about the completeness of the core rule books…

The Case of the Missing Gumshoe

I’ve mentioned several times that I love reading Ross MacDonald. His “Lew Archer” mysteries are hard to find locally – short of special orders – because Barnes & Noble rarely carries his books anymore.  That means trips to the used bookstores, and I’m fortunate in that I’ve got access to at least seven (7) within…