My Reading Frenzy Continues

I have recently read Jack Kerouac’s On the Road, then I read Tallgrass  by Sandra Dallas. I also read Ned Vizzini’s It’s Kind of a Funny Story and I read Monica Holloway’s memoir Playing with Dead People.  I continued reading Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe and I finished this weekend’s reading with Terry Pratchett’s The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents.

My brain is tired.   My eyes are tired.  But I don’t think I’m ever going to be done reading.

I think that is a good thing, and a bad thing.  It’s a good thing because I’m really in love with the characters I find in the stories I read.  Author’s go to the trouble of crafting these wonderful personalities and they are locked in their book jackets until someone takes them out and opens up their lives.  I like being one of those people.  It’s a bad thing to read so much because there is never going to be an end to the list. The books keep coming.  There are more stories in this world than I’ll ever have time to read.  That is kind of sad.

A lot of books have similar stories, but every author has a unique voice, even if their writing isn’t all that compelling!  Each story stands alone.

I mean look at the list I’ve read recently  I can compare Kerouac’s book with the book by Vizzini and the book about Dante and Aristotle by Saenz, but they are all completely different.  One is about a man finding himself and getting caught up in the teen angst that separates boys from men…oh no, wait, they are all about that topic!  But with Kerouac there is this intimate connection with a male character…oh right, the same is true with Saenz’s Aristotle and Dante…and Bobby makes a strong impression on Ned Vizzini’s young man.

I wish I could express how I feel with the same acumen that these authors do.  I don’t write that way.

Monica Holloway’s book struck a chord with me.  I’m still a little dazed by her book.

So many voices saying ” I’m afraid, I’m alone, I feel like an outsider.”

Terry Pratchett doesn’t say that!  Terry Pratchett is probably ecstatic that he’s an oddball which is part of the reason I like to have a book by him around when the other books are a bit too heavy.  Reading a book from his Disc World is like listening to a lecture  given by a speaker who keeps inhaling helium.  It’s so wrong, it’s hysterical.

Oh, I forgot that I also read a graphic novel called the Umbrella Academy.  The pictures were wild, but the story was a little odd.  My daughter tells me that is the way it is with graphic novels so I shouldn’t get all bent out of shape about it.  I’ll try to keep an open mind.

I’m going to keep reading, but I’m pretty pleased with the titles I’ve read so far and I’d love to share them.  If you want a good book just stop by the library and I’m sure we’ll find you something!



aka Miss Maureen 🙂


DJ’s Steve Harper and Leeana Karlson Have Some Splainin to Do!

In the past couple of days there has been a lot of noise about a birthday party for a little girl named Sophia who was said to have had gay parents and the story was that when the child’s family sent out invitations one mother objected and said her child “tommy” wouldn’t be attending because she didn’t approve of the gay lifestyle.  She gave her phone number in case the parents wanted to contact her directly.  The two DJ’s published the information.

Well, it’ss all made up, at least that is what the two tricksters are saying now.

Personally I can’t believe that we are led by our emotions in the first place.   What good does it do for a hundred thousand people to get themselves all inflamed over nonsense?  If it was true that there was a real mother that was being so outlandishly rude then that is on her!

I’m more disturbed that the “gatekeepers” or professionals in the media would make up a story like this and portray it as sincere.

Sheesh, I’ll probably find out that they didn’t actually post any information on it, and they didn’t say it wasn’t true later, and in fact they don’t even exist 🙂

Remember back when we only worried about things that had an impact on our own lives?

I’m not linking you to anything because there is nothing important to link to in my personal opinion.  But in case any of you had heard the story, and you thought it was for real, I thought I’d just let you down easy before it’s all over the news.




PA Bridges Will Be Privatized?

I just read this about bridges being built with private money thanks to a law passed in 2012.

See what you think-

A 2012 law authorizing “public-private partnerships” will enable PennDOT to team up with a private-sector partner that will finance, design, build and maintain the 500 bridges for up to 35 years. The state won’t have to borrow to build the bridges — the private partner will do that, and be repaid over the lifetime of the contract. By “bundling” the 500 bridges into one project, PennDOT thinks it can save money on design, and ultimately maintenance. That could be a boon to taxpayers, and to motorists,who could see better roads and bridges sooner.

Other aspects of the law could be a bane. The law explicitly permits “user fees” — tolls — on new or rebuilt roads or bridges, though PennDOT officials stress none of the 500 bridges in the rapid replacement project will be tolled. But, down the line, motorists could see more toll booths, or EZ Pass restrictions

You’ll find more over at Lancasteronline.com



43 Inches of Snow So FAR! Add 8-12 MORE

The Philly area has gotten over 43 inches of snow so far this winter, and um, I hate to tell you this, but we’ve got this new storm heading our way and it’s a biggun.  Would you believe 8 to 12 inches?

I don’t believe it, but then I didn’t believe that a biathalon was an actual Olympic event. ( See last couple of posts.)

Oh boy I hate snow, but the bad news is this year we’ve got icing conditions all the way up and down the East coast.  It’s not warm anywhere these days.

This next storm isn’t supposed to start until late Wednesday night and it will snow all Thursday and into Friday.