Comfort Zone: Exit, this way

While I have greatly expanded my comfort zone in recent years, there are still a lot of things that exist well outside that zone. Traveling to another province to take in a two day music festival full of many hip-hop acts I’d never heard of before this weekend, well that was outside my zone. Luckily, Juggalos are a very welcoming group and that’s what this festival was: the Canadian Juggalo Weekend — the first of Continue Reading →

Diversifying My Media

There are a lot of complaints about the lack of diversity in film. In part, this is because there is a cycle of creation and consumption and, basically, we need to be putting our money where our mouth is — if we demand these films, then we need to support them. So this year, I am going to make an effort to see 52 movies by women — an average of one a week. I Continue Reading →

Rock Legend up Close

Well, not too close but the floor tickets to Alice Cooper let me get about thirty feet from the stage. Could have pushed in closer but I was pretty comfortable and had a great view where I was. I started to complain about standing for two hours then remembered who was on stage.  Alice Cooper is the same age as my mom. I’m not a superfan, but  2016 seems to be taking a lot of Continue Reading →

Ten Songs

Tumblr is full of Q&A posts and quite often I am asked for my top 5 or 10 songs… so I decided to post a list here that I could share across platforms and find again later. Here are some of the tracks I would like to have on my bomb-shelter mix tape/mp3 player/subdermal implant; these are all songs that I can listen to on repeat (and have) and most of them I sing along Continue Reading →

Whoop Whoop!

A lot of my friends have been boggled by my recent obsession over Insane Clown Posse. I’ve weathered everything from raised eyebrows to concerned brow furrows to derisive laughter. Friends have expressed shock that I not only bought tickets, but went to the show —  let alone that I ended up squarely in the splash zone/mosh pit, soaked to the bone with Faygo soda. Frankly it was one of the best nights of my life. Continue Reading →

Challenge (In)complete

I didn’t think I would actually finish the 2015 Reading Challenge, but I knew I would put a big dent in it and I have: 28 categories (30 if I finish those in progress). That’s pretty good, for me, especially considering I haven’t tagged any for multiple categories, even though I could have. Here’s the ones I finished, and the remaining two in progress that I hope to finish this week (I finished Trilby this Continue Reading →

Christmas Books

“Make it a rule never to give a child a book you would not read yourself.” —George Bernard Shaw Great advice, Mr. Shaw. Books tend to be a very personal thing to give — I think you need to have a pretty good grasp of a person’s taste in reading before you can give them a book (and then wait nervously for their response). For children, it is a little easier because they have yet Continue Reading →

Finding Films

The rule is: life is way too short for crappy movies. The problem is there are a LOT of crappy movies out there… so how do you find the gems? Of course “crappy” is completely subjective, and some bad movies have to be seen, anyway, from a collective culture standpoint.  I will still watch a trainwreck of a film if I can be doing something else while the film runs or if I can watch Continue Reading →

Poetry as Positivity Barometer

Through history, we’ve seen many examples of poets who do their best work when their life is at its darkest. However, there are just as many poems that are light and joyful or playful. What I have discovered about myself is that I will write poetry in almost any mindset — the nonsense poems come easiest when I am happier, and the creepy gothic style ramblings flow well when I am not so happy. However, Continue Reading →

Tsundoku

Originating from Japanese, the word tsundoku is one of those words imported to English because we don’t have an equivalent. It basically means “book hoarding” but more specifically it is the habit of buying or collecting books and leaving them unread, often piled up in stacks on nightstands or other surfaces. Ah yes. I am very familiar with that practice and it is a big part of my justification for taking on the 2015 Reading Continue Reading →