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

Turkish Bath and massage

What is a Turkish Bath? We found out! You disrobe except for a generous wrap. You walk into the steam room and lie down on a marble shelf. Warm water is poured all over you. Then the attendant scrubs you all over - now I know how a frying pan feels when it is cleaned! Following your scrub, a foaming substance is poured all over you. It looks like a very large pillow case full of foam. You get three servings! As the attendant squeezes out the foam, you are literally covered neck to toe. Then you are rinsed and lead to the massage room. As part of the massage you are covered in a pleasant oil. The whole experience takes about 45 minutes and is quite a treat. The price? Less than a one hour massage here at home!

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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.