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, June 7, 2010

World Cup 2010

I am learning about football (soccer). My Ethiopian friend is teaching me. The Guardian & other papers have excellent sections on the World Cup. I think it's the fast moving & international aspects that most appeal to me. I've made a date to watch the Eng vs USA, ~Mexico vs. Argentina games. Expect to watch other games w/ several of my Brit friends as well.

So it's off for a a.m. coffee to read more about Rio, Fabio, Lionel and the gang!
You all sleep well; it's 3:10 a.m. EST & just past midnight in ther west.


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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.