Bad Cats


March 25th, 2005

Barnes N Noble had a book near the registers called Bad Cats. It was one of those kitschy-type books you get for people that you don’t know very well, but you know one thing about them – for example, they like cats. Anyway, for the last couple of weeks I’ve been thumbing through it while in line because it’s freakin’ hysterical. I noticed today that they have a website called MyCatHatesYou.com.

Book Review – Several Books by Torey Hayden


March 12th, 2005

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(7 books, 1 review)
Title: Beautiful Child, Ghost Girl, Just Another Kid, One Child, The Tiger

Book Review – A Fine Balance


March 12th, 2005

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Author: Rohinton Mistry
Category: Fiction
# Pages: 603

How long it took to read: About 3 weeks

Basic Plot: Four people in India become roommates and then separate and eventually their paths cross again.

What I liked: The story moves quickly in and out of the present. I liked the way that the flashbacks were written. I was also impressed by Mistry

Book Review – Love That Dog


March 12th, 2005

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Author: Sharon Creech
Category: Children

Book Review – Maniac Magee


March 12th, 2005

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Author: Jerry Spinelli
Category: Children

Book Review – A Severed Wasp


March 12th, 2005

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Author: Madeleine L

Book Review – Nobody Don’t Love Nobody: Lessons on Love From the School with No Name


March 12th, 2005

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Reading List


October 8th, 2004

I’ve been doing a ton of reading lately, and it’s been books that I have wanted to read, not books that are for school. So, here’s what I’ve been reading (in no particular order):

A Fine Balance – Rohinton Mistry
Murphy’s Boy – Torey Hayden
Somebody Else’s Kids – Torey Hayden
The Genesis Trilogy – Madeleine L’Engle
Dating Big Bird – Laura Zigman
Animal Husbandry – Laura Zigman
The Diary of a Mad Bride
One Child – Torey Hayden
Tiger’s Child – Torey Hayden
Beautiful Child – Torey Hayden
Ghost Girl – Torey Hayden
Not as Crazy as I Seem – George Harrar
Bat 6 – Virginia Euwer Wolff
Katarina – Kathryn WInter
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn – Betty Smith
Just Another Kid – Torey Hayden
Plus some ever popular classics such as “Goodnight Moon”, “Oh My, Oh My, Oh Dinosaurs”, “There’s a Monster at the End of this Book”, “Another Monster at the End of this Book”, “The Very Hungry Caterpillar”, “The Big Red Barn”, and “The Napping House”.

It’s not a very long list, but it’s the ones I could remember of the top of my head. One of these days I am going to make a complete list for myself, one of all the books I’ve read and one of all the books I want to read.

So what have you been reading lately?

Time to Read


May 21st, 2004

I’ve been reading The Genesis Trilogy by Madeleine L’Engle. It’s three different books and each one is a reflection on different bible verses. The first book is “And it was Good” (Genesis and the Creation Story)
“A Stone for a Pillow” (The pilgrimage of Jacob) and
“Sold into Egypt” (The story of Joseph)

Anyway, I’m about a quarter of the way through “And it was Good” and I’m really enjoying it. For those of you that don’t know, I am a huge L’Engle fan. I have read almost all of her children’s books, several of her fiction writing and several of her non-fiction books (Marriage: A Two Part Invention is one of my favorites – If you are married and haven’t read this book you should really read it.) Back to the topic.

The main reason I like her writing is that no matter what she is writing about she makes me think. Most of the non-fiction books I have of hers have tons of underlining in them because it’s all things I wanted to remember. I like that she speaks her mind about God, religion, faith, love, etc. and doesn’t seem to worry about what people will think. Instead she backs up what she says with scripture and then seems to challenge people to debate her ideas – to make her re-evaluate what she is thinking about. She talks about her past and how changes in her life have changed her perceptions, how debating and dialouging with people strengthens her faith.

So here are a couple of qoutes to mull over:
(Just a note – she often refers to God as “el,” one of the early words by which the ancient Hebrews knew God.)

When asked if she believed in evolution:
“I replied that I thought God could create in any way which seemed good to el. And that, indeed, is what I think. The only reason I can find for all the shouting about how God created is that is allows some people to stop thinking, to settle back into the safety of their rut, to stop thinking about what it is really all about.
What it is really all about it that creation is God’s. It is el who had made us, and not we ourselves. To argue how God made us is to argue nonessentials. As far as I’m concerned, it doesn’t matter a whit how God created. The important thing is that creation is God’s, and that we are part of it, and being part of creation is for us to be co-creators with el in the continuing joy of new creation.”

On the word “Christian”:
“I distrust the word Christian as an adjective; it has become less an adjective than a label, separating those who call themselves Christians from the rest of the world. How can those who would follow Christ assume that they are more beloved of the Creator than any other part of his creation when God created everything, and saw that it was good? And if God created man in his own image, male and female, than all, all of humankind is part of that image, known or unknown, serverd or betrayed, accepted or denied. God loves every man, sings the psalmist. Perhaps it is more blessed to be aware of our Image than not, but Jesus made it clear that sometimes it is those who are least aware of it who serve the image best.”

Just something to think about.