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...

Thursday, June 17, 2010

U.S. vs. Slovenia

Actually that game is not played until tomorrow, Friday. World Cup fever is alive & well here, esp. with 3 games a day. My wonderful Ethiopian friend is patiently teaching me aspects of the game.

  • Opinions vary here as to whether the US could have beaten England in their 1-1 game.

  • Radio commentaries about this World Cup decry its lack of excellence.

Tonight I watch France vs. Mexico with a wonderful British friend. He too is kindly going to try to lessen my vast ignorance!

(Are all these friends from here, Africa & the Middle East really wonderful? Without question.)

Tomorrow big day:

2:30 here - US vs. Slovenia
7:30 here - England vs. Algeria


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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.