Mike Cornelison

Letters from the Lunar Outpost

Author: mhc

Black Widow Stepmom

Some people get evil
When money’s on the line they just lose their mind
I know you and I see
Those crocodile tears but they don’t fool me
I can’t claim you’ve no love
I know that there’s some love inside your heart
Your doggies, you love them
Well Hitler was a guy who loved his dogs, too

Black widow stepmom
She did a dance when my daddy died
Black widow stepmom
If she told you she loved him you know she lied
Black widow stepmom
Filled with venom and filled with hate
Black widow stepmom
Karma and you are gonna have a date

She’s ranting and raving
It’s only when she yells that she feels alive
She’s screeching and screaming
You pray there might be peace but you’re just dreaming
Each visit a nightmare
A battle where the words are like sticks and stones
You’ve entered the war zone
And driving home we’d shake with PTSD

Black widow stepmom
She did a dance when my daddy died
Black widow stepmom
If she told you she loved him you know she lied
Black widow stepmom
Filled with venom and filled with hate
Black widow stepmom
Karma and you are gonna have a date

Black widow stepmom
She did a dance when my daddy died
Black widow stepmom
If she told you she loved him you know she lied
Black widow stepmom
Filled with venom and filled with hate
Black widow stepmom
Karma and you are gonna have a date

Black, black, black widow
Black, black
Black, black, black widow
Black, black
Black, black, black widow
Black, black
Black, black, black widow
Black, black

alpha Chik’n Fajita Burrito

Lean protein – nothing fuels you better, nothing keeps you feeling full for longer. When it comes to lean protein, my go to’s have always been tuna, turkey and a nice lean steak or lean ground beef. However, one of my new year’s resolutions is to try getting more of my proteins from plants and less from the meats. With that in mind, I decided to try the alpha chik’n fajita burrito. (For the record, they brand themselves with the uncapitalized “alpha”.)

It’s a little pricey. For $3.99 you get a 5 oz. burrito. By comparison, you can get *eight* 4 oz. El Monterey beef & cheese burritos for 60 cents less. I do want to eat less meat, but that’s a pretty high price to pay.

Sticking with the El Monterey comparison, alpha’s burrito is a little more protein packed, 11g protein from 330 calories (1g per 33) vs. 8g protein from 280 calories (1g per 35) from the El Monterey burrito.

So how does it taste? The filling is freakin’ deliciious! Unfortunately, for me, a 5 oz. burrito equates to four bites and the first bite was all tortilla. Yes, this could be a quality control issue with this one burrito (and I can only impagine the plight of the burrito wrappers at the factory and the quotas they’re supposed to hit) but even if the filling was spaced out evenly, there was still too much tortilla and too little filling. If you’re going to make a four dollar burrito, one, it should be bigger, and two, every bite should be loaded with that delicious filling.

The verdict: The filling is tasty enough to convert a meat lover, but until alpha offers a bigger, fuller burrito, I’d rather spend $3.29 on a 7-Layer at Taco Bell.

The Debate Between Low-Fat and Low-Carb Diets Is Over

For decades, Big Sugar and the Corn Syrup Industry worked hard to keep America focused on the intuitive idea that less fat in your diet would equate to less fat on your body. Unfortunately, the hidden trade off was that for almost anything advertised as low-fat, the “low-fat” translates to “loaded with sugar”.

Low-carb diets on the other hand, rely on the counter-intuitive idea that you can get thin by eating more fat.

With every new diet that comes out, there’s a sense of hope and excitement that with this latest diet, modern science has finally delivered to us the magic diet that will outperform all the diets that came before it. Currently, the Keto and Paleo Diets are hailed as the latest and greatest, but it helps to remember that these diets are really just spin-offs from the Atkins diet of the 1970s and low-carb diets themselves can be traced back to 1825.

Here’s an interesting thing I learned on the way to my yearly resolution – if you want to drop some pounds, the debate as to which diet will give you the best shot is over. When it comes to low-fat vs. low-carb, a recent Stanford study shows that neither one is any more effective than the other! That’s right, for all the focus diets place on the types of calories we consume, it’s really not the quality but the quantity.

The study took 609 participants aged between 18 and 50 with a roughly equal split of men and women and randomized them into a low-fat group and a low-carb group. They were then instructed to maintain their diets for a year and from the 80% who managed to stick with it, here are the results:

For all the faith I had placed in different diets at different times, what a shock to see the results between the low-fat dieters and the low-carb dieter nearly identical.

Diets will come and diets will go, but there are three axioms worth holding:

• There is no magic diet and there is no magic pill.
• Stay active and burn more calories than you consume.
• Avoid the processed foods and shop the outside perimiter of your grocery store.

Pro tip: Journaling with an app like Cronometer can do wonders in helping you track your calories burned vs. calories consumed.

h/t: Netflix Explained, S1 E6


I have a soul to share,
I know it’s around somewhere,
Always I’m feeling I’m all alone,
I’m calling Sweet Jesus, “Won’t you bring me on home?”

I have no time to spare,
Feel like I am almost there.

Transform me once again,
Lift me up from all this sin,
Hollow’s the feeling I only feel,
So empty of a feeling that it doesn’t seem real.

I have no time to waste,
Wipe this blank look off my face.

The time has come, it’s time to go,
The damage has been done, it’s time to go solo,
I’m going solo, you know that it’s true,
Nothing you say is going to change what I do,
Gotta make a clean break, gotta lighten my load,
Gotta the hell out and get on that road!

repeat chorus

One more day in the books,
One more day avoiding looks,
When did we share our last loving glance?
How long has it been since I took off your pants?

I have no urge, it’s true,
And there’s not a thing to do.

If feel the mental strain,
Every move’s against the grain,
Nothing to see, we’ll just move a long,
There’s nothing left here but the words to this song,
Two hearts with different Gods,
Two peas in our separate pods.


Crab Spinwich Recipe

What’s a “spinwich” you ask? A “spinwich” is my term for a sandwich using spinach & egg white slices as a substitute for bread. I coined the word because for purists, it’s not bread if it’s not based on some form of flour and while the slices could be likened to a frittata, a frittata is primarily egg-based with all the fillings mixed right in.


Use cheesecloth to drain all the spinach from a 27 oz. can, getting every drop you can into a separate bowl. The drained juice makes for a healthy, tasty drink, ensuring you’re` getting all those good nutrients as they’re listed on the can.

(You can tell from the photo that this recipe features some pretty thick slices of spinach – just call me Popeye because I can never get enough! If you prefer a ratio with a little more filling, cut the spinach and egg white in half by using a 13.5 oz. can of spinach with 80 grams of egg white.)

In a 6.5″ x 8.5″ pyrex baking dish, thoroughly mix the drained spinach with the egg whites and then press down into a single layer. Bake at 425-degrees for 30 minutes. With a metal spatula, first pry the edges away from the dish and then work the spatula underneath, scraping out the entire layer of spinach.

Cut this layer of spinach into two halves and toast in a toaster oven. You may even choose to toast your slices twice, with the main goal being to get the slices dry enough to hold together like a sandwich.

Mix crab and monterey jack in a container and microwave for 30 seconds. The monterey jack binds the crab into a unified filling and is mild enough to let the crab flavor shine through. (You can substitute shredded mozzarella or mayonnaise for a keto-friendly recipe as well.)

Layer sliced tomato on top of the filling, season to taste with salt and pepper and enjoy!

Living Garbage Free

Recently, I was taking an Uber to the airport when a car pulled right in front of us, causing my driver to slam on the brakes, skidding and missing the other car by inches. The driver of the other car whipped his head around and started yelling at us.

My driver just smiled and waved at the guy and he was friendly and sincere in doing so. I asked him, “How can you smile and wave at that guy? He almost ruined your car and sent us to the hospital!”

This is when my driver taught me what I now call, “The Law of the Garbage Truck”. He explained that many people are like garbage trucks. They run around full of garbage, full of frustration, full of anger and full of disappointment. As their garbage piles up, they need a place to dump it and sometimes they’ll dump it on you.

He said, “Don’t take it personally. Just smile, wave, wish them well and move on! Don’t take their garbage and spread it to other people at work, on the streets or at home. The bottom line is that stress-free people do not let garbage trucks take over their day.”

Life’s too short to wake up in the morning with regrets, so love on the people who treat you right and pray for the ones who don’t. Life is ten percent what you make of it and ninety percent how you take it!

Have a garbage-free day.

~ Author unknown

The 8-Carb Burger

Here is my delicious, super keto-friendly recipe that I call my “8-Carb Burger”. The name says it all, there are only eight net carbs in the entire sandwich. By comparison, a Big Mac has 42 net grams of carbohydrates, a Whopper has a whopping 47 grams and my favorite, the Farmer Boys’ Farmer Burger, has 55!

It all starts with a couple Pyrex dishes. I got a nice deal on a set of three for only $15 at Amazon.

Over 100 years since it was invented in 1915, there’s still nothing that compares to Pyrex – it works equally well both in both microwaves and conventional ovens, the fact that it’s see-through allows you to view layered ingredients at a side angle, it’s easy to see just how clean your dish really is and everything comes clean with a little steel wool without any worries of scratching it.

(Can you tell I love my Pyrex?)

I start with the small 5.5″ x 7.5″ dish to make the buns.

  • 28g almond flour
  • 42g egg whites (or one medium-sized egg)
  • 14g melted butter
  • 1/4 tsp. baking powder
  • salt to taste

Mix it well and microwave it for 90 seconds. Note how the baking powder made the bread rise. Split that dish full of bread into two to make for a top and bottom bun and toast.

With the slightly larger 6.5″ x 8.5″ dish, I add a half-pound of ground beef, season it and then smooth it out to a flat, even layer. Split that layer of meat to make two quarter-pound patties – you can use one patty for now and one for later or use the two patties to make it a double. By using the slightly larger dish to mold the patties in the same shape as the buns, your patties should cook down to fit your buns perfectly.

(Being a bit OCD, I love it when my patties and my buns match perfectly!)

There you have it, The 8-Carb Burger, suitable for the strictest of low-carb diets.

A couple notes on carbs:

Tomatoes have 1 gram net carb for every 37 grams, otherwise, I would normally have more tomato on my burger. As it is, the tomatoes are the only ingredient adding to the egg white almond bread in this burger’s total of 8.7 net carbs. (Those 23 grams of tomato equal 0.6 net grams of carbs.)

Be careful with the mayonnaise you choose. Miracle Whip and other mayo substitutes proudly advertise that they’re lower in fat and lower in calories, but the trade off is that when they remove the fat, they dump in a bunch of
high-fructose corn syrup or cheap, refined sugar as a replacement. If you’re serious about a low-carb diet, avoid those low-fat and fat-free products and go with that delicious, zero carb, fat-laden mayonnaise!

Books I Have Known

About six years ago, I started this list as a memory exercise trying to remember as many as I could of all the books I’d ever read. Now the list is more of a memory exercise in trying to remember what each of these books was all about!

Abagnale, Frank
1980 – Catch Me If You Can

Abbey, Edward
1968 – Desert Solitaire

Adams, Scott
2013 – How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big
2017 – Win Bigly

Agee, James
1957 – A Death in the Family

Alighieri, Dante
1320 – The Inferno

Allen, Jonathan and Parnes, Amie
2017 – Shattered: Inside Hillary Clinton’s Doomed Campaign

Amis, Martin
1984 – Money: A Suicide Note

Ansari, Aziz and Klinenberg, Eric
2015 – Modern Romance: An Investigation

Asher, Jay
2007 – Thirteen Reasons Why

Asimov, Isaac
1955 – The End of Eternity

Azerrad, Michael
1993 – Come As You Are: The Story of Nirvana

Backman, Fredrik
2012 – A Man Called Ove
2016 – Beartown
2017 – Us Against You

Bible, The
circa 1st century AD – The New Testament

Bilton, Nick
2017 – American Kingpin

Blume, Judy
1970 – Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margaret
1974 – Blubber
1975 – Forever…

Booth, Stanley
1984 – Dance With the Devil: The Rolling Stones and Their Times

Bourdain, Anthony
2000 – Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly
2010 – Medium Raw: A Bloody Valentine to the World of Food and the People Who Cook

Bradbury, Ray
1950 – The Martian Chronicles
1953 – Fahrenheit 451

Brooks, Terry
The Shannara Series
• 1977 – The Sword of Shannara
• 1982 – The Elfstones of Shannara
• 1985 – The Wishsong of Shannara

Brown, Dan
2003 – The Da Vinci Code

Brynjolfsson, Erik and McAfee, Andrew
2014 – The Second Machine Age: Work, Progress, and Prosperity in a Time of Brilliant Technologies

Bryson, Bill
1990 – The Mother Tongue
2003 – A Short History of Nearly Everything

Bugliosi, Vincent and Gentry, Curt
1974 – Helter Skelter: The True Story of the Manson Murders

Bukowski, Charles
1971 – Post Office
1973 – South of No North
1975 – Factotum
1978 – Women
1982 – Ham on Rye
1983 – Hot Water Music
1989 – Hollywood

Bulgakov, Mikhail
1940 – The Master and Margarita

Burroughs, Edgar Rice
The Barsoom Series (John Carter, Warlord of Mars)
• 1912 – A Princess of Mars
• 1913 – The Gods of Mars
• 1914 – The Warlord of Mars
• 1916 – Thuvia, Maid of Mars
• 1922 – The Chessmen of Mars

Byrne, Rhonda
2006 – The Secret

Cabane, Olivia Fox
2012 – The Charisma Myth

Capote, Truman
1958 – Breakfast at Tiffany’s
1966 – In Cold Blood

Carnegie, Dale
1936 – How to Win Friends and Influence People

Cather, Willa
1927 – Death Comes for the Archbishop

Center, Katherine
2019 – Things You Save in a Fire

Chandler, Raymond
1939 – The Big Sleep
1940 – Farewell, My Lovely
1942 – The High Window

Charlamagne tha God
2017 – Black Privilege

Chekhov, Anton
1894-1899 – Five Great Stories
1903 – The Cherry Orchard

Chrichton, Michael
1980 – Congo

Christie, Agatha
1936 – The A.B.C. Murders

Cialdini, Robert B
1984 – Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion

Clarke, Arthur C.
1953 – Childhood’s End

Cline, Ernest
2011 – Ready Player One
2015 – Armada

Clines, Peter
2014 – The Junkie Quatrain

Collins, Suzanne
2008 – The Hunger Games

Condon, Robert
1959 – The Manchurian Candidate

Conn, Peter
2013 – Great American Bestsellers: The Books That Shaped America

Conrad, Joseph
1899 – Heart of Darkness

Copeland, Stewart
2009 – Strange Things Happen: A Life with The Police, Polo, and Pygmies

Crouch, Blake
2016 – Dark Matter

Cullen, Dave
2009 – Columbine

Davis, Miles and Troupe, Quincy
1989 – Miles: The Autobiography

Davis, Stephen
1985 – Hammer of the Gods: The Led Zeppelin Saga

Dershowitz, Alan M.
2006 – Fundamental Cases: The Twentieth-Century Courtroom Battles that Changed Our Nation

Diamond, Jared
1997 – Guns, Germs and Steel

Dib, Allan
2016 – The 1-Page Marketing Plan

Dick, Philip K.
1953-1980 – The Selected Stories of Philip K. Dick, Vol. 1 & 2 (Blackstone Ed.)
1953 – Dr. Futurity
1955 – Eye in the Sky
1958 – In Milton Lumky Territory
1958 – Time Out of Joint
1959 – Confessions of a Crap Artist
1961 – The Man in the High Castle
1968 – A Maze of Death
1973 – A Scanner Darkly
1976 – Radio Free Albemuth
The Valis Trilogy
• 1978 – Valis
• 1980 – The Divine Invasion

Dickens, Charles
1843 – A Christmas Carol

Donaldson, Stephen R.
The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, The Unbeliever
• 1977 – Lord Foul’s Bane
• 1978 – The Illearth War
• 1979 – The Power that Preserves

Dostoyevsky, Fyodor
1846 – The Double (trans: Constance Garnett)
1864 – Notes from Underground (trans: Pevear & Volokhonsky)
1866 – Crime and Punishment (trans: Pevear & Volokhonsky)
1866 – The Gambler (trans: Constance Garnett)
1869 – The Idiot (trans: Pevear & Volokhonsky)
1872 – Demons (trans: Pevear & Volokhonsky)
1880 – The Brothers Karamazov (trans: Pevear & Volokhonsky)

Durant, Will and Ariel
1968 – The Lessons of History

Eggers, Dave
2009 – The Wild Things
2013 – The Circle

Ellis, Bret Easton
1991 – American Psycho
2010 – Imperial Bedrooms
2019 – White

Fernandez-Armesto, Felipe
2004 – Ideas that Shaped Mankind

Fleming, Ian
1953 – Casino Royale
1954 – Live and Let Die
1955 – Moonraker
1956 – Diamonds Are Forever
1957 – From Russia with Love
1958 – Dr. No
1959 – Goldfinger
1960 – For Your Eyes Only
1961 – Thunderball

Flynn, Gillian
2006 – Sharp Objects
2009 – Dark Places
2012 – Gone Girl
2015 – The Grownup

Forsyth, Mark
2013 – The Elements of Eloquence

Frankl, Viktor E.
1946 – Man’s Search for Meaning

Frey, James
2003 – A Million Little Pieces
2005 – My Friend Leonard
2008 – Bright Shiny Morning

Gabor, Don
1998 – How to Start a Conversation and Make Friends

Gaddis, John Lewis
2005 – The Cold War

Gaiman, Neil
1996 – Neverwhere
1998 – Smoke and Mirrors
2001 – American Gods
2005 – Anansi Boys
2007 – M is for Magic
2013 – The Ocean at the End of the Lane
2015 – Trigger Warning

Garland, Robert
2015 – Living History: Experiencing Great Events of the Ancient and Medieval Worlds

Gibson, William
1984 – Neuromancer

Gilder, George
1981 – Wealth and Poverty

Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von
1831 – Faust

Gogol, Nikolai
1842 – Dead Souls
1830-1842 – The Collected Tales of Nikolai Gogol (translated by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky)

Golding, William
1954 – Lord of the Flies

Gottlieb, Anthony
2000 – The Dream of Reason

Greene, Robert
2001 – Art of Seduction: An Indispensible Primer on the Ultimate Form of Power

Guelzo, Allen C. and Gallagher, Gary W. and Allitt, Patrick N.
2003 – History of the United States, 2nd. Edition

Haddon, Mark
2003 – The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

Harari, Yuval Noah
2011 – Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind

Harford, Tim
2017 – Fifty Inventions that Shaped the Modern Economy

Harvey, Hannah B.
2013 – The Art of Storytelling: From Parents to Professionals

Hawkins, Paula
2015 – The Girl on the Train
2017 – Into the Water

Hedges, Chris
2016 – Unspeakable

Heilemann, John and Halperin, Mark
2010 – Game Change

Heinlein, Robert A.
1942 – The Unpleasant Profession of Jonathan Hoag
1956 – Double Star
1959 – Starship Troopers
1961 – Stranger in a Strange Land
1963 – Orphans of the Sky
1966 – The Moon is a Harsh Mistress

Hemingway, Ernest
1929 – A Farewell to Arms
1952 – The Old Man and the Sea
1970 – Islands in the Stream
1923-1957 – The Complete Short Stories of Ernest Hemingway

Henderson, David
1981 – ‘Scuse Me While I Kiss the Sky: The Life of Jimi Hendrix

Herriot, James
1972 – All Creatures Great and Small

Hesse, Hermann
1922 – Siddhartha

Hill, Joe
2007 – Heart-Shapped Box
2010 – Horns

Hitchens, Christopher
2011 – Arguably: Essays

Hopkins, Jerry and Sugerman, Danny
1980 – No One Here Gets Out Alive

Huxley, Aldous
1932 – Brave New World

James, E.L.
2011 – Fifty Shades of Grey

Jennings, Ken
2012 – Because I Said So

Saint John of the Cross
circa 1585 – Dark Night of the Soul

Johnson, Paul
1999 – Modern Times: The World from the Twenties to the Nineties

Kafka, Franz
1915 – The Metamorphosis and Other Stories (trans. by Stanley Appelbaum)

Kaku, Michio
2004 – Einstein’s Cosmos: How Albert Einstein’s Vision Transformed Our Understanding of Space and Time

Kerouac, Jack
1957 – On the Road
1958 – The Dharma Bums
1962 – Big Sur

Keyes, Daniel
1966 – Flowers for Algernon

Kidder, David S and Oppenheim, Noah D
2007 – The Intellectual Devotional – American History

King, Stephen
1975 – ‘Salem’s Lot
1977 – The Shining
1979 – The Dead Zone
The Dark Tower Series
• 1982 – The Gunslinger
• 1987 – The Drawing of the Three
• 1991 – The Waste Lands
1984 – Thinner
1993 – Nightmares & Dreamscapes
1996 – Desperation
1996 – The Regulators
1999 – The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon
1999 – Hearts in Atlantis
2001 – Black House
2005 – The Colorado Kid
2006 – Cell
2008 – Just After Sunset
2009 – Ur
2011 – 11-22-63
2013 – Doctor Sleep
2014 – Mr. Mercedes
2018 – The Outsider

Knight, Molly
2015 – The Best Team Money Can Buy

Knight, Phil
2016 – Shoe Dog

Koestler, Arthur
1940 – Darkness at Noon

Koontz, Dean
1984 – The Servants of Twilight
1987 – Watchers
1990 – The Bad Place
1993 – Mr. Murder
1995 – Intensity
1998 – Seize the Night
2003 – Odd Thomas
2010 – What the Night Knows
2011 – 77 Shadow Street
2015 – Ashley Bell
2017 – The Silent Corner

Krakauer, John
1996 – Into the Wild
2003 – Under the Banner of Heaven: A Story of Violent Faith
2011 – Three Cups of Deceit

Kubica, Mary
2014 – The Good Girl
2015 – Pretty Baby
2016 – Don’t You Cry
2017 – Every Last Lie

Kyle, Chris
2012 – American Sniper

L’Amour, Louis
1953 – Hondo

Lao Tzu
circa 500 BC – Tao Te Ching

Larson, Erik
2003 – The Devil in the White City

Larsson, Stieg
2005 – The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Lehane, Dennis
Kenzie and Gennaro Series
• 1994 – A Drink Before the War
• 1996 – Darkness, Take My Hand
• 1997 – Sacred
• 1998 – Gone, Baby, Gone
• 1999 – Prayers for Rain
• 2010 – Moonlight Mile
2001 – Mystic River
2003 – Shutter Island
2006 – Coronado: Stories
Coughlin Series
• 2008 – The Given Day
• 2012 – Live by Night
• 2015 – World Gone By
2014 – The Drop
2017 – Since We Fell

L’Engle, Madeleine
1962 – A Wrinkle in Time

Lewis, C.S.
1942 – The Screwtape Letters
1950 – The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
1952 – Mere Christianity

Lewis, Dan
2013 – Now I Know: The Revealing Stories Behind the World’s Most Interesting Facts
2014 – Now I Know More: The Revealing Stories Behind Even More of the World’s Most Interesting Facts

London, Jack
1903 – The Call of the Wild
1906 – White Fang
1913 – John Barleycorn
Best of Jack London Short Stories

Lovecraft, H.P.
1917 – Dagon
1931 – At the Mountains of Madness
1931 – The Shadow Over Innsmouth

Lowndes, Leil
1999 – How to Talk to Anyone: 92 Little Tricks for Big Success in Relationships

Lowry, Malcolm
1947 – Under the Volcano

Lynch, David
2006 – Catching the Big Fish

Machiavelli, Niccolò
1532 – The Prince

Manson, Mark
2016 – The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck

Marquez, Gabriel Garcia
1967 – One Hundred Years of Solitude

Martel, Yann
2001 – Life of Pi

Max, Tucker
2006 – I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell
2010 – Assholes Finish First
2012 – Hilarity Ensues
2012 – Sloppy Seconds: The Tucker Max Leftovers
2015 – Mate: Become the Man Women Want

McCarthy, Cormac
1985 – Blood Meridian or the Evening Redness in the West
1992 – All the Pretty Horses
2005 – No Country for Old Men
2006 – The Road

McCourt, Frank
1996 – Angela’s Ashes

McCullough, David
2005 – 1776
2015 – The Wright Brothers

McWhorter, John
2004 – The Story of Human Language
2008 – Our Magnificent Bastard Tongue: The Untold History of English
2012 – Myths, Lies, and Half-Truths of Language Usage
2013 – Language A to Z

Melville, Herman
1851 – Moby Dick

Miller, Henry
1934 – Tropic of Cancer
1936 – Black Spring
1939 – Tropic of Capricorn

Mitchell, Stephen
2004 – Gilgamesh: A New English Version

Mitnick, Kevin
2011 – Ghost in the Wires: My Adventures as the World’s Most Wanted Hacker

Morrison, Toni
1977 – Song of Solomon

Mosley, Walter
2004 – The Man in My Basement
2005 – Cinnamon Kiss
2006 – Fortunate Son
2012-2013 – Crosstown to Oblivion (Sextet)

Mullen, Thomas
2006 – The Last Town on Earth
2011 – The Revisionists
The Darktown Series
• 2016 – Darktown
• 2017 – Lightning Men

Musashi, Miyamoto
1645 – The Book of Five Rings

Nabokov, Vladimir
1934 – Despair
1955 – Lolita

Nevin, David
1997 – 1812

Nietzsche, Friedrich Wilhelm
1532 – The Prince

O’Hara, John
1934 – Appointment in Samarra

O’Neill, Bill
2017 – The Fun Knowledge Encyclopedia

Orwell, George
1933 – Down and Out in Paris and London
1945 – Animal Farm
1949 – 1984

Palahniuk, Chuck
2009 – Pygmy

Pirsig, Robert M.
1974 – Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry into Values

Plath, Sylvia
1963 – The Bell Jar

Pynchon, Thomas
2009 – Inherent Vice

Quick, Matthew
2008 – The Silver Linings Playbook

Rand, Ayn
1938 – Anthem
1964 – The Virtue of Selfishness

Rice, Anne (as A.N. Roquelaure)
1983 – The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty
1984 – Beauty’s Punishment
1985 – Beauty’s Release

Rimbaud, Arthur
1873 – A Season in Hell and The Drunken Boat (trans: Louise Varese)

Robbins, Anthony
1988 – Personal Power
2000 – Get the Edge

Roberts, J.M.
1994 – The History of the World

Ronson, Jon
2004 – The Men Who Stare at Goats
2011 – The Psychopath Test
2012 – Lost at Sea: The Jon Ronson Mysteries
2017 – The Butterfly Effect

Rosenberg, Joel C.
2010 – The Twelfth Imam

Rowell, Rainbow
2011 – Attachments

Rule, Anne
1998 – Bitter Harvest

Safire, William
1980 – On Language

Sagan, Carl
1994 – Pale Blue Dot

Salinger, J.D.
1951 – The Catcher in the Rye
1961 – Franny and Zooey

Sebold, Alice
2002 – The Lovely Bones

Sendak, Maurice
1963 – Where the Wild Things Are

Setterfield, Dianne
2006 – The Thirteenth Tale
2013 – Bellman & Black

Scalzi, John
2016 – The Dispatcher

Sincero, Jen
2013 – You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life

Sinclair, Upton
1906 – The Jungle

Slim, Iceberg
1967 – Pimp: The Story of My Life

Sloan, Robin
2012 – Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore

Sowell, Thomas
2005 – Black Rednecks and White Liberals

Standiford, Les
2015 – Water to the Angels: William Mulholland, His Monumental Aqueduct, and the Rise of Los Angeles

Stearns, Peter N.
2007 – A Brief History of the World

Stedman, M.L.
2012 – The Light Between Oceans

Steinbeck, John
1937 – Of Mice and Men
1939 – The Grapes of Wrath
1952 – East of Eden

Stein, Garth
2008 – The Art of Racing in the Rain

Stern, Howard
1993 – Private Parts
1995 – Miss America

Stoker, Bram
1897 – Dracula

Stoler, Mark A.
2012 – The Skeptic’s Guide to American History

Straub, Peter
1979 – Ghost Story
1990 – Houses Without Doors
1999 – Mr. X
2007 – 5 Stories
2010 – A Dark Matter

Strauss, Neil
2005 – The Game: Penetrating the Secret Society of Pickup Artists
2015 – The Truth: An Uncomfortable Book About Relationships

Sullivan, Jay
2017 – Simply Said: Communicating Better at Work and Beyond

Sun Tzu
circa 512 BC – The Art of War

Susann, Jacqueline
1966 – Valley of the Dolls

Swarup, Vikas
2005 – Q & A

Tanner, Stephen
2002 – Afghanistan: A Military History from Alexander the Great to the Fall of the Taliban

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2002 – The Little Friend
2013 – The Goldfinch

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1993 – Verbal Judo

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The Lord of the Rings
• 1954 – The Fellowship of the Ring
• 1954 – The Two Towers
• 1955 – The Return of the King

Tolstoy, Leo
1863 – The Cossacks
1899 – Resurrection
1886-1909 – The Death of Ivan Ilyich and Other Stories

Toole, John Kennedy
1963 – A Confederacy of Dunces

Tur, Katy
2017 – Unbelievable

Various Authors / Anthologies
2002 – Classic Russian Short Stories (Audio Connoisseur)
2013 – The Mystery Box
2010 – Stories: All-New Tales

Vaynerchuk, Gary
1993 – Crush It!

1759 – Candide

Vonnegut, Kurt
1959 – The Sirens of Titan
1963 – Cat’s Cradle
1968 – Welcome to the Monkey House
1969 – Slaughterhouse-Five, or The Children’s Crusade: A Duty Dance with Death
1973 – Breakfast of Champions, or Goodbye Blue Monday
1982 – Deadeye Dick

Warren, Robert Penn
1946 – All the King’s Men

Weir, Andy
2011 – The Martian
2017 – Artemis

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1952 – Charlotte’s Web

White, T.H.
1958 – The Once and Future King

Wilder, Thornton
1927 – The Bridge of San Luis Rey

Williams, Tad
2012 – The Dirty Streets of Heaven

Winchester, Simon
1999 – The Professor and the Madman
2004 – The Meaning of Everything
2010 – Atlantic
2015 – Pacific

Wodehouse, P. G.
1919 – My Man Jeeves

Wooten, Victor
2008 – The Music Lesson: A Spiritual Search for Growth Through Music

Zafon, Carlos Ruiz
2001 – The Shadow of the Wind

Sometimes Words Speak Louder than Actions

We’re having some friends over for dinner tonight and I figure my contribution is already set in getting the charcoal lit a half-hour before the burgers go on the grill. (Propane and gas grills are like sacrilege to me but that’s for another post.)

In my mind, that’s my job, making sure the charcoal’s white and giving an even heat when I’m ready to sizzle that meat.

Meanwhile, hours in advance, my lovely wife is scrubbing counter tops, windexing mirrors and glass table tops, and she asks me, can you please steam clean the tile floors?

I think to myself, “Grrrr . . . I’m busy and I’ve got work to do. I’ve got two hours before I even need to start up the charcoal!” There’s also a bachelor part of me that says, if your shoes aren’t sticking to the floors, then the floors aren’t dirty.

Here I was knee-deep in my work at the computer and feeling floor cleaning went beyond my duties, but I realized I can either gripe about it before finally giving in, or I can just stiffle myself and do it.

Perhaps I’m a slow learner, but after thirteen years of marriage, I’m still working on figuring it out – when it comes to the honey-do’s, you have to just give in and go with it.

Even after I put in the work to make those floors spic and span, I still had this urge to get a final comment in, “Yeah, as if they’re going to notice how much cleaner the floors were from last month when they came over,” but that would have been taking one step forward and two steps back.

I did the chore, I didn’t gripe and we were both happier because of it. After all, “A happy wife makes a happy life.”

“A happy wife makes a happy life.” It’s one thing to know it, but I’m still working on putting it into practice.

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