Saturday, February 26, 2011

Time to Check In

It has been a very long time since I've done anything besides reviews here.  Decided to rectify that with a little rambling now.  Why haven't I come around?  Not sure really.  Winter mostly, I think.  It's still officially winter but the days are longer now by about an hour and a half.  That helps.  

Other excuses---been working on the courses I'm taking.  Just finishing up one now and deciding on the next one.  This one was hermeneutics and my first try at an online class.  Not sure if it was a good experience or not.  Don't feel like I learned very much, but time will tell.  Liking the subjects so far and that's the main point as far as I am concerned.  Had an epiphany just lately that these classes are the substitutes for being able to explore the physical world.  That has been curtailed drastically and the world of learning is accessible all the time.  Thought that was a significant discovery.  Takes the guilt away.  What guilt?  The money and not having some "worthy" or "lofty" goal to advance the kingdom stuff primarily.  That kills the joy, but no longer.

Not sure to make of all the mess in the Middle East right now.  Maybe the economic downturn has shone a light on some latent desires and got them going.  I'm sure all the end times gurus have another angle on it, but that's a bit too far out for me.  I do have a sense that it's part of some larger event but no more than that.  

Waiting for spring now that it's almost March.  Weather's acting like the March I remember from years ago.  Cold and raw.  Looking at the garden spot and wondering if we should put one in this year.  We waited to long last year and didn't get one started.  Missed the produce especially the tomatoes and squash.  See what happens when it gets to be closer to the time to do it.  

Speaking of spring, haven't seen the groundhog yet.  Probably that's good for the gray cat that has been living in the top of the burrow.  I doubt that groundhogs are good roommates.  And the cat would undoubtedly think the babies were snacks.  Noticed that the birds are beginning to pair up now too.  Nothing serious, but definitely the early signs of courtship. 

The Tigger cat got nailed by something a while back.  No, not squished, but wounded.  He'd gotten out and I forgot about him for a while.  When he came in he looked fine but within a few days a giant lump formed on his back.  It went down and we thought things were fine.  Wrong, a few days after that I noticed a wet spot on his back and when I checked it out it erupted.  He'd gotten an abscess or something and it was gross.  The good part is that now he's healing, but it is a nasty wound and will take some time.  Poor kitty. 
Of course, poor kitty is making the most of all the attention and loving it.

Well, that's about all there is right now.  And I do need to read a couple of books for reviews.  So, hopefully, I will get back a little sooner the next time.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Review: While the World Watched

Review: While the World Watched: A Birmingham Bombing Survivor Comes of Age During the Civil Rights Movement
Carolyn Maul McKinstry with Denise George
Tyndale House Publishers
2011
Poignant. Essential reading, for the young and the not so young. This is her story, but it is much more than that. I too came of age during that time, but had no idea anything like was happening in my country; a country I had been taught believed all men are created equal. This only happened in some far off dictator led place. Here, no. I remember seeing the news reports of the events that she mentions but I did not understand their importance at the time. In my part of the country only the Vietnam War mattered. We were preventing the spread of communism. How ironic. Stop one form of oppression while ignoring our own. We are more aware now, right? Not too sure if that’s true.
McKinstry reveals her heart as well as her history in this book. She does so gently and honestly. There’s no venting of anger or wallowing in pity. She speaks of her difficulty in coping with some of the events most frankly. As she said several times in the book, her community just did not talk about such things and she was left to process her emotions alone. The story of her grandmother’s final days was so touching. All I can say is “Thank you, Mrs. McKinstry, for this gift.” Included in this book are the texts of several speeches or letters from the period, a timeline of her life, and pictures of the author and others mostly from her youth.
Please read this book to see the human side, good and bad, of this nearly forgotten time in our history. There is too much at risk, even now, to lose this piece of our history. This is a story of hope and perseverance. I recommend it highly.
Tyndale House Publishers has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book for review.

Review: While the World Watched

Review: While the World Watched: A Birmingham Bombing Survivor Comes of Age During the Civil Rights Movement
Carolyn Maul McKinstry with Denise George
Tyndale House Publishers
2011
Poignant. Essential reading, for the young and the not so young. This is her story, but it is much more than that. I too came of age during that time, but had no idea anything like was happening in my country; a country I had been taught believed all men are created equal. This only happened in some far off dictator led place. Here, no. I remember seeing the news reports of the events that she mentions but I did not understand their importance at the time. In my part of the country only the Vietnam War mattered. We were preventing the spread of communism. How ironic. Stop one form of oppression while ignoring our own. We are more aware now, right? Not too sure if that’s true.
McKinstry reveals her heart as well as her history in this book. She does so gently and honestly. There’s no venting of anger or wallowing in pity. She speaks of her difficulty in coping with some of the events most frankly. As she said several times in the book, her community just did not talk about such things and she was left to process her emotions alone. The story of her grandmother’s final days was so touching. All I can say is “Thank you, Mrs. McKinstry, for this gift.” Included in this book are the texts of several speeches or letters from the period, a timeline of her life, and pictures of the author and others mostly from her youth.
Please read this book to see the human side, good and bad, of this nearly forgotten time in our history. There is too much at risk, even now, to lose this piece of our history. This is a story of hope and perseverance. I recommend it highly.
Tyndale House Publishers has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book for review.