The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

First on the reading list this year I wanted to revisit one of my favorite books. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck Published in 1939.  Winner of the 1940 Pulitzer Prize for the Novel category. Aggregately ranked as the 27th greatest fiction book of all time by The Greatest Books (thegreatestbooks.org).  Appears on many […]

The music of Tool — and a concert review

The elusive artist I speak of today is the prog-metal giants — Tool. I’ve been wanting to see them in concert for more than 20 years. That’s no joke. Since the first time I heard their music, I knew that I had to see them in concert. I had a few chances in the past, except fate had other plans. I didn’t know if the day would ever come. Earlier this week, it finally happened.

Mental health and men

Men are less likely to discuss mental health. There’s sometimes a don’t ask, don’t tell mentality. There is a stigma with men. We often don’t like to ask for help or otherwise appear to be weak. We’re more likely to suppress problems, feelings, and emotions. […]

What did you learn today at school?

In this part of the world, it’s back to school time. As you settle into that new, familiar routine, ask your kids about their day at school. But, ask the right questions. Instead of asking – How was school? – try this: What did you learn today at school?

Intro to introverts

When I was in my early teens, someone said to me, “You’re such an introvert!” I don’t remember who said it to me, or the context, but I was embarrassed by it. I had a misconception about introverts. I felt ashamed and insulted by their comment…