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...

Friday, July 2, 2010

Netherlands 2 Brazil 1

Came across the street to the cafe for my morning coffee. There was barely a seat available as all were watching the Ned vs Brazil game. I caught the last 20 minutes. The international nature of the game is great fun. Plus for me there is a lot of action.

Rain abounds here in Portland so a trip to the zoo with Caleb is not in the offing. Perhaps a trip to the children's Museum. Just need a break in the rain as I am unprepared!

Sunday it's off to Su Casa Catholic Worker in Chicago. I want to check it out for possible future volunteering with the hispanic population. It also affords me the opportunity to sat there while attending my annual Adult Spiritual Renewal Classes at LUC by the lake.


Major Spirituality Issues of our Time: authenticity, commitment, community and hope. Taught by Anthony Padavano one of my all time favorites. A gentle soul, a brilliant mind and fine sense of humor needed when dealing with the institutional church.

Jesus the Kingdom of God with John Dominic Crossan This is quite an opportunity as Crossan is one of the most well known theologians of the Jesus Seminar. Cutting edge theology - what the world needs.

Paul's Letters to Corinth Sadly the world renown scripture school who lives in Jerusalem (Jerome Murphy-O'Connor) is ill. A substitute will teach the class.

Then it's home for a month!

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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.