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...

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

People You Meet

Marta - Mexican heritage & U.S. citizen -

Marta is a delightful lady trying to eek out a living while taking care of her mother. When mom was in the hospital there were no gauze nor needles etc. to clean and renew fluids to her mom. They had to go out & buy them. But for the rich & foreigners - yes they´re available!

Marta asks why Americans are so afraid to come to Mexico. Drug shootings are not here, rather in border towns. Business is way off; Canadians are the big group here.

Mar from Ronda in southern Spain -

Mar is a lovely young lady studying in Seattle and here for a break. She is complimentary about my Spanish as we converse first in Spanish and then English. I´m beginning to think that Spanish speaking people are not used to English speaking people attemtping to speak Spanish - the compliments are frequent. Exaggerated to be sure!

Tony from Ottawa -

Tony, a BIG man, is about my age & on his own here. Like me he is very close to his daughter. Unlike me! He's been married four times. He has difficulty walking but does it several times a day for exercise. It's been fun having him in the hostel as we can appreciate many experiences from a similar perspective. One thing he just can't get is why Amricans are so scared of universal health care. Says Canada has had it a long time & it's great.

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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.