The Etymologicaon

The Etymologicon: A Circular Stroll through the Hidden Connections of the English Language by Mark Forsyth My rating: 5 of 5 stars Consider this one if you’ve thought about reading an etymology book for fun but never got around to it. I admit I’m weird and keep a copy of a ragged, old, red AmericanContinue reading “The Etymologicaon”

Why does Alisha Strongbow call Garry Aster a “psychopath?”

Remember, Alisha Strongbow is a Med-Gen and familiar with primary diagnoses. She also knows Garry and what he is capable of—both the good and the dark side. Not all psychopaths fit the stereotype of evil ax murderers. Many individuals with antisocial personality traits thrive in society without crossing legal boundaries or resorting to violence. TheseContinue reading “Why does Alisha Strongbow call Garry Aster a “psychopath?””

What Prompted the Writing of Silent Consent?

My journey with ‘Silent Consent’ began during a challenging time in my life when someone close to me was undergoing physical rehabilitation. The daily commute to the rehabilitation center, involving two hours of train and bus rides three times a week, provided time for solitude and reflection. During one of these commutes, I crafted aContinue reading “What Prompted the Writing of Silent Consent?”

Just for Fun, A Silent Consent Word Search

I enjoy these when I get bored, but they also drive me nuts when I can’t find those last two words. Download it, try you hand at the word search, and avoid the temptation to stab the thing. I will publish the solution at Prairie House Gallery and Books the end of next week.

Margot Hunt’s Lonely Girls is one of the best reads I’ve had this year.

Lovely Girls by Margot Hunt The book would make a great movie. The bully characters are disturbing and very believable, as are the targets of the bullying. The author has done her homework and understands the dehumanizing nature of bullying and social exclusion. The story could easily have descended into horror, but the author keptContinue reading “Margot Hunt’s Lonely Girls is one of the best reads I’ve had this year.”

Are we abusing our descendants?

Petroleum is a limited resource.  Period.  It takes millions of years to form.  There’s no question that crude oil derives from fossilized zooplankton and algae that died and created deposits and that 70% of deposits formed in the Mesozoic era between 256-66 million years before the present and another 10% before that in Paleozoic times. Continue reading “Are we abusing our descendants?”

Goodreads Gave away of 100 copies of Silent Consent

Between August 28 and Sept 9, 2023, we gave away 100 copies of Silent Consent in a Goodreads Giveaway promotion. We thank all of you who entered and hope you enjoyed the book If you don’t have a Goodreads account, you’re missing out on some great deals.

Chemicals in Everyday Products Link to Infertility

Every day products, such as phthalates (a plastic softener) effect fertility.  These compounds are also found in many air fresheners, cosmetics and many fragranced products. Bisphenols alter estrogen levels and also can interfere with fertility, as can many pesticides and flame retardants. As a result, we can see reduced fertility not just in humans butContinue reading “Chemicals in Everyday Products Link to Infertility”