Books Worth a Look

  • Little Bee by Chris Cleave - This book is a must read. Better than anything else I've read, it takes you vividly into the life of a person in the 3rd world who has no choice but to escape. It is brilliantly written & works well as an audio book. Often I've sent info about the wonderful refugees I've met in Europe. We know only so much of their plight as it is painful for them to recall much less live through again by recounting it. But over time it is clear what they've lived through. This book is excellent as you discover the horrors of their world. Somewhat how to me, it is like being in Europe near a Concentration Camp. One has an obligation to visit it. 'Never to Forget.' In this case, to have our eyes opened.
  • Garbage King by Eliz Laird - The book is set on the streets on Addis Ababa, in Ethiopia and here lives Mamo and his sister Tiggist. When Mamo's "uncle" offers a job, he soon sets out on a bus to work. Little does he know that he is actually being sold into slavery...

Sunday, November 29, 2009

On the Flight Home from Mexico

CSI - actually the real thing not the TV show!

On the flight from Mexico City to Charlotte, N.C. I sat next to a retired CSI agent! BUT first, an honestly inspiring story from him...

About 15 years ago, a friend told him of a family in Mexico who were literally starving. They simply could not feed their kids. The agent went to Mexico, met the family (at that point he had two daughters at home), and offered to bring the 15 year old to the U.S. and adopt her.

It changed his life. He was depressed & going through a divorce. He told me at some length about how she brought such joy to all. She is now married at 31, and living in Mexico trying to get to know her original fmaily. He said it tore him apart when she decided to go to Mexico to live, but knows it's important for her to do it. He visits her when he can & she'd like him to live there too.

He told me the story of how he got her, about 10 years ago, to help him pick out a new car - one she'd enjoy driving too. When they went back to the showroom to pick it up, he handed her the keys to & said "Happy Birthday." He said she cried for a week.

The CSI part :-)

He explained in some detail what they actually do: extensive crime scene collection of evidence. They do NO testing & no investigation. The latter is the job of the police or FBI detectives.

In one case, there was no evidence providing a lead to the identity of the murderer. EXCEPT, the agent saw a dead mosquito on a window sill. Tests provided DNA that led to the killer! Did you know that one piece of dandruff contains your DNA? ¡Cuidado!

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Thoughts on the amazing people I get to meet.

Rich, my 19 year old friend, soon to be Franciscan and recent community member at Haley House in Boston. An article he wrote.