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Fellowship of the Ring Book Talk 2 | Tolkien & Memory

Tezi and I are introducing the beginning of a series of videos on The Lord of the Rings in which we hope to discuss various topics that either interest us or in some way bring about a discussion between the two of us. We hope that you find the discussions informative. if not entertaining. We encourage you to read The… Read more »

Hopeless Wanderer | Carpool Karaoke! | Road Trip, Spring 2016!

“Nooo doon’t dooo itttttt!!” – Therese Brown.  “But it’s so fun!!!!” – Jeremy Stock. On our last road trip, Tezi and I had many hours of driving as we headed to the Sierra Nevada mountains north of Yosemite, south of Tahoe. One of our favorite pastimes was singing along to some of our favorite songs. Here we share with you… Read more »

Cold Water Jumping in Donner Lake, CA! (It’s cold!)

Tezi and I spent last week camping in the Sierra Nevada mountains, in an area north of Yosemite and about an hour and a half south of Lake Tahoe.  Our new secret place, as we like to call it, was basically devoid of any humans besides ourselves, but we did venture out a couple of times into more populated areas.  One… Read more »

Fellowship of the Ring | Book Talk, Car Talk!

On our most recent camping trip Tezi and I began reading The Lord of the Rings.  Here we are reading it by the fire on one of the nights out under the stars: It’s been an engrossing experience for me and quite an enjoyable experience for Tezi.  As I’ve noted before on this blog, I have read The Lord of… Read more »

Why I’ve Lost Interest in Uprooted by Naomi Novik

Uprooted, by Naomi Novik, is a fantasy novel that tells the nearly fairy-tale-esque story of a girl who is chosen to be an apprentice of sorts to “The Dragon” a powerful wizard who lives to protect the local peoples, including the girl’s family. The story includes magic and mythical beasts, and though the subject matter and basis for the story… Read more »

Thoughts Near the Donald Trump OC Rally – 4/28/16

So, Tezi and I just made it back to her place after being stuck in the snail’s-pace traffic surrounding the Donald Trump rally which took place within walking distance from Tezi’s home. Even as I type this, we can still hear the helicopters in the air, and what sounds like dozens of more police cars heading to the rally vicinity where… Read more »

The Big Short (The Book The Movie is Based On) by Michael Lewis (Reviewed)

After seeing the theatrical version twice I decided to read Michael Lewis’ superb non-fiction account of governmental/and/corporate greed run-amok that just nearly devastated our national economy back in 2007/2008.  After reading the book, I saw the movie another two times- hey, it’s been playing at the $3 theater for a couple weeks, so it’s been easy! Having read The Big… Read more »

Jer & Tez Review The Aeronaut’s Windlass | Bk 1 of a new Steampunk Series!

Tezi & I have completed our first audio book together and we’re excited to summarize and review it for you here!  We thoroughly enjoyed Jim Butcher’s book one of the Cinder Spires series: The Aeronaut’s Windlass! This is my first time reading steam punk and Tezi’s first audio book ever!  So it was a few firsts for us, and we… Read more »

Unfair: The New Science of Criminal Injustice (Reviewed)

Another important read in the all-too-real world of wrongful conviction. Benforado takes an approach that I haven’t come across yet. He spends a lot of time bringing forward psychological studies and applies them to our criminal justice system. The science behind why our system fails us so often is very closely tied to our human tendency to believe with full… Read more »

Too Big To Fail – Or: Our Government Failed Us Big

An excellent read. I’m curious now to somehow watch the HBO documentary that was made (with the same author?). I felt that the author of this book, though comprehensive in his detail, too often gave an apologetic and even rationalizing explanation as to the motives and intentions of the primary actors in the catastrophic events and decisions that took place…. Read more »