The field of physics has always interested and amazed me, but due to an unfortunate lapse in my education I was not properly introduced to physics until later in life. Being exposed sporadically, without any kind of initial structure, has been confusing to say the least. While I try to absorb as much as I can, most of the time I find myself missing the point. Can someone be kind enough to point me in the right direction? Books, sites, articles any beginner should read in order to get a better understanding of the essentials? I feel like I'm trying to build a house without laying the foundation down first. It can be futile and frustrating. Thanks in advance for any and all replies.