Friday, February 28, 2020
Havana 1958 - Elisa Perez, daughter of a sugar baron, is sheltered from the country's political unrest until she falls in love with a revolutionary. Yes, it's a bit soap opera, but well written and Elisa is not a simpering fool. She has character and stands out from her sisters.
Miami 2017 - Marisol Ferrera loved hearing romantic stories of Cuba from her late grandmother Elisa, who had to flee her beloved land. Now Marisol, a freelance reporter, is returning to Cuba to spread her grandmother's ashes and uncover secrets about the family. And, thank goodness, she meets her own revolutionary.
So much to learn, so little time, and the backdrop appears beautiful and sad at the same time. Rich, poor, and a restless undertone to life mingled with a rising heat.
cover blurb - Marisol will need the lessons of her grandmother's past to help her understand the true meaning of courage - and what it means to be Cuban.
This is my PA groups' book club pick and we'll have plenty to discuss - character, history, choices, regrets. Always good themes. Sip a drink with an umbrella in it and enjoy a breezy read.
Wednesday, February 26, 2020
You alone are enough...You have nothing to prove to anybody - Maya Angelou
The thing that is really hard, and really amazing, is giving up on being perfect and beginning the work of becoming yourself - Anna Quindlen
So - Happy Wednesday and just march to your own beat. Smile mysteriously and keep everyone guessing.
Yep - here's the wacky. Our Dallas Stars Hockey came to the suburbs for a practice. Here I am with Victor the mascot. Yes, I pushed children out of the way for this pic. And unlike them, I did not kick him/her in the shins. Fun to watch practice - those guys had to hustle after a bad loss on Fri eve - Coach made them work!
Monday, February 24, 2020
I found The Moment of Lift by Melinda Gates incredibly inspiring. Yes, she’s married to Bill Gates. Yes, she’s beyond incredibly rich. Yet – she’s down to earth and quite self-aware of her privileges and life.
Cover blurb – For the last twenty years, Melinda Gates has been on a mission to find solutions for people with the most urgent needs, wherever they live. Throughout this journey, one thing has been incredibly clear to her: if you want to lift up a society, you need to stop keeping women down.
The data on child marriage, gender equality in the workplace, access to contraceptives, etc is compelling – the key is women and their power to change the world. Gates writes with emotion and candor to show there’s opportunity to change the world. She’s done her research. When we lift others up, they lift us up too.
Her examples and statistics are stunning. I could quote page after page in this book. Read it and explore and think. So much can be done if we give women the keys. It’s stunning and empowering.
Melinda Gates should not be dismissed as just some rich woman with a hobby. She’s sincere and her money is being applied to very useful causes. It’s making a difference. Read and learn and think.
This can change the world! Wow and amen
Friday, February 21, 2020
(No, we did not each get a car)
Wednesday, February 19, 2020
The sole purpose of human existence is to kindle a light in the darkness of mere being Carl Jung
Find that little light in your day and spread it far and wide.
Good luck with a Wednesday.
Monday, February 17, 2020
But, much of the writing was quite good and some of the descriptions were gorgeous. I kept reading, but I can't recommend this book to you. It was a bit too graphic for me (and I keep an open mind on plenty).
Back blurb - this is the story of a sudden and powerful romance that blossoms between an adolescent boy and a summer guest at his parents' cliffside mansion on the Italian Riviera. Each is unprepared for the consequences of their attraction, when during the restless summer weeks, unrelenting currents of passion, obsession, fascination, and desire intensify and test the charged ground between them.
Whoa, nelly. This book was a tad much, even for me. And now, there's a sequel. Holy cow - at least the two leads are now men, and not a youth and a man.
That's my review. Whew!
Friday, February 14, 2020
Love means surviving a makeover. Ray and I, hopefully, have new floors when you read this. I can't promise I'll have our computer back on to comment on everyone's posts.
We've done a rather thorough purge of stuff in closets that have not seen the light of day for years....and years....and years.
I've shredded plenty of ancient history. Decisions have been made, we are trying to think outside the box - how shall we use our space in the next 5, 10,15, 20 years?
These are the times that try men's (and women's) souls. We aren't moving. Hence the construction chaos. But we are hanging tough, cooperating, and collaborating. All for a common purpose - our lives together under the same roof.
Wish us luck. I see the light on the other side. Meanwhile....chocolate...thank goodness for Valentine's Day chocolate.
Wednesday, February 12, 2020
Happy Wednesday. Often we are stuck indoors in February. Today's wisdom reminds us that we'll see stuff blooming again. Or we enjoy the blanket of snow. Breathe deep and be patient. Seasons will turn.
Monday, February 10, 2020
I laughed out loud at his description of his grandmother saying, "I can't whip that boy. He turns all sorts of colors - bruises are purple, yellow, green." His mother was saying, "If Trevor is bad with all of the other cousins, he should get the same punishment." His South African family didn't know what to do with this fair skinned black child. It's funny and yet interesting too, and sad considering the time period.
Trevor Noah's youth bordered on crime. He was smart but not aiming for his true potential. Fortunately, his mother recognized his skills, his fast talking wit, and more.
p. 243 You forget the reason I ride you so hard. Everything I have ever done I've done from a place of love. If I don't punish you, the world will punish you even worse. When I beat you, I'm trying to save you. When they (police) beat you, they're trying to kill you.
Born a Crime by Trevor Noah is an amazing coming of age tale from a world many of us know nothing about. He truly beat the odds, and his book demonstrates that he appreciates and can reflect on his success now. It's a quick funny read, but also poignant, and eye-opening too. Worthy stuff.
Friday, February 7, 2020
September 11, 2001 - U.S. airspace is closed due to the terrorist strikes. Thirty-eight jetliners bound for the United States were forced to land in Gander, Newfoundland. This city and surrounding communities came together to give their visitors three days to remember.
back blurb: Their response to this challenge was truly extraordinary. Oz Fudge, the town constable, searched all over Gander for a flight crew member so that he could give her a hug as a favor to her sister, who reached him by phone. This story and more are beautifully rendered - a true account of a community that exemplifies love, kindness, and generosity.
Folks stripped beds, cleaned out closets and pantries, and opened their homes to perfect strangers. Yes, come take a shower. Yes, come use our phone. Yes, come for dinner. The answers in Gander were yes, and hesitant travelers soon opened their hearts to this wonderful community. It was a party, and while eager to get home, they hated to leave. Life long friendships were made.
Jim Defede brings a remarkable time and town to life in The Day the World Came to Town.
I want to visit Gander, Newfoundland.
Wednesday, February 5, 2020
First say to yourself what you would be; then do what you have to do - Epictetus
I am turning off comments. You may read this and interpret as you wish. These are times to try men's souls as Thomas Paine would say. I'm just shaking my head and saying WTF.
Wednesday...now aiming for the weekend. I promise a book review for Friday and trying to return to regularly scheduled programming. I admit to doing a lot of filler lately. Just scattered..it's February. Maybe I'm not getting enough Vitamin D from the sun.
How are YOU?
Monday, February 3, 2020
We were busy this week - still redoing a power room and getting ready for some new flooring. It's a bigger project than one initially thinks - dang a lot of stuff comes out of our closets. Start spring cleaning now folks.
Super Bowl chat - Congrats to the Kansas City Chiefs. Quite a season. QB Patrick Mahomes is an exciting, enthusiastic player with a lot of positive energy. He made the game fun. Demi Lovato nailed our Star Spangled Banner. And half time - J-Lo and Shakira - Wow. As my sister pointed out - that's 93 combined years of hip shaking.
Have a good week. Children - study your geography.
P.S. Dear President Trump - the Kansas City Chiefs are from Missouri. Time for a Twitter correction.