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, January 14, 2011

Returning to England

I know that I will return to the Balkans. What beauty and the history is fascinating.

Later today my flight leaves Cilipi airport for London Gatwick. British Airways is the way to go. The snack is a regular size sandwich, and they have a large selection of magazines and newpapers for you, gratis! I will read my Time magazine on the flight back.

Back in England I will stay with my good friend Zelda at her flat in Basildon. I will travel by train, 40 mins, to visit my inspiring refugee friends from Africa and the Middle East.

We will go out for Kabob together, catch up and have a lot of laughs!

I also will get to see each of my London friends. Excellent people there and in Basildon, such good friends!

I hope to get to a gallery or two and possibly a play, if time permits.

Then next Saturday, it is off to Spain for 1 week of study and then a quick visit to
  • Seville
  • Grandada
  • Madrid

Possibly I will take the ferry over to Tangier, Morroco for a day visit!

Hello all and Que tenga un buen fin de semana *have a great weekend*

Phil

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REFLECTIONS & ARTICLES

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.

http://www.capuchinfranciscans.org/pdf/2008%2003%2011%20CVO%20Update%20A%20community%20of%20two%20tables.pdf