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...

Monday, March 8, 2010


Cultur Lingua -

First day of classes went well. One teacher for 2 hours, a 1/2 hour break and then a second teacher for 2 hours. All lessons are private. The teachers tell me I'm advanced but you could fool me! It is not easy to understand Spanish spoken rapido on the streets. But then it takes years to learn one's native language so I guess I should not be surprised that progress is slow.

Tomorrow in my 2nd class, we are going out into the streets to tour & speak Spanish. Thursday, my teacher is taking me to Tonala, known as the land of artesans. Wednesday, my 1st teacher is taking me to downtown Guadalajara. I love the idea that we aren't behind a desk every day.

Tomorrow after la comida at 2:15, I return to the school to volunteer at a local orphanage. Next week I'm adding a water color class - that should be interesting!

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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.