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, October 27, 2013


Hierapolis is another site of Roman ruins plus the added pleasure of warm springs. Formations include calcareous cascades, calcium stalactites, and shallow travertine basins formed by lukewarm thermal springs. It looks very much like ice/snow formations. The walk through the ruins is pleasant as there are nice vistas throughout. Travel literature says: '...enjoy a nice warm swim at the thermal pool.' RIGHT! It is but they do not mention the particulars. You begin your walk in calf high warm water(about 93F). Then you come upon boulders that you must climb, slide, slither over! One was such a challenge that after suceeding(3rd try) I said: "This is like climbing an Ionian column! Standing and looking I in fact saw a fallen Ionian column next to my boulder! One continues to negotiate, boulders, marble slabs and columns. Watch your step. It is an experience worth having and one that you will not forget!

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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.