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...

Sunday, June 20, 2010

The World Cup as witnessed from here

1/2 the Brits early on predicted England would do terribly; the other 1/2 seem now to agree after England's poor performance against Algeria.

Pubs with 1 or 2 large screens are packed with fans.
  • Slovenia vs. USA

My two friends (Eritrea and Algeria) accompanied & tutored me while we watched this game in a quiet pub in the afternoon. I knowledge of football is quite limited, but I was on pins & needles when at 1/2 time it was Slo 2 US 0. Mercifully we at least did not suffer a defeat.

  • France vs. Mexico

Steve a Brit friend povided excellent tutoring as we watched this game in a noisy pub in Angel. I, of course. had to root for Mexico - not a bad plan as the place was thrilled when Mexico scored.

Where do we go from here? I'm told England and the U.S. are in the same position. Simply winning the next game is not enough. To move on each must win by 2, a 1-0 victory will not suffice.

I will be state side when their next games are played: Eng v. Slov and US v Algeria. This time I may be able to watch the US match with my son-in-law!

Cheers everyone. It's Fathers Day.

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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.