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...

Saturday, June 19, 2010

3 Ladies on London Transport

Heading back to the hostel in Woolwich Arsenal, I sat across from a young lady busy with her make-up prep. She had a multi-colored bag with mauves, browns etc. Each piece of her outfit as well as eye liner, lip stick (do they still call it that!) - all blended & matched impecably. She was very pretty.

I could not help but think of the many here in London who have no income to put into such preparation. I wonder if she has a clue as to their world?

Lost in thought, I looked up and there stood a slender young Muslim mother who had on a simple black shoe length dress. Her face peering out of a stylish yet simple black headscarf. She had no make up, no colors, yet she was stunning.

At Canning Town I transfered to the DLR. I saw another Muslim lady sitting & was struck by her simple patterned dress & head scarf. She popped up (Brit speak!) & immediately offered the old man with white hair her seat, I declined thanking her for her thoughtfulness,

3 Ladies on London Transport - an allegory?

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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.