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 24, 2012

Riding the CTA in Chicago - an experience

Hi all. Well after 10 months of taking care of house needs, I'm back on the road - arrived at O'Hare today.  Forgot it was Gay Pride Parade. When the subway train got to Randolph, the crowds were unreal.  Waiting for the next train and then the next was a real challenge - swarms of people. Once on the train north to Loyola, it was the worse crowding I've ever experienced - except for the subway in Rome! There people take a running leap to get on - crashing into a full car!

Me & my suitcase & carry one fought for space. A wheelchair came on board & rode up my leg!  The kids - mostly - were terrific.  Good looking, pleasant and having a blast. It may have been an awful ride for 8 long stops - AND it was - but I was happy for their joy. Couldn't help think about the Church and its positions - so sad to me.

When 98% of the people got off at the Belmont stop, I was literally in the middle - did my best to not get carried literally w/ the crowd!  Still - sweat pouring, wheel chair mark on my pants - it was worth it.

Arrived at Loyola's Lake Shore Campus and received a warm welcome. It'll be great to see everyone!

Have a good week all!

* Plan to go to the nearby beach later this week - a short walk!

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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.