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Recent Reads

Out of My Mind by Sharon M. Draper (2010).  Maya and I read this book from her school library together.  Melody is 11 years old, brilliant, and literally trapped inside her own thoughts.  She can’t walk, talk, write, or control the movements of her own body because she was born with cerebral palsy.  What happens when she suddenly has a computer and special keyboard that allow her to communicate with others for the first time?  Melody’s story is unforgettable.

NEVEREST New Insights:  Inside Scott Fischer’s Mountain Madness Expedition by Nick van der Leek (2015).  Another look at the 1996 Everest tragedy, this time in the form of an “investigation” by a South African true-crime author and former climber uninvolved with the actual events.  He provides interesting commentary on some of the climbers, hyperlinks to more information, and his viewpoint on where things went wrong.

K2:  Surviving Three Days in the Death Zone by Wilco van Rooijen (2010).  Dutch climber van Rooijen describes his three visits to K2--1995, 2006, and the tragedy of 2008, which is when he survived three days in the death zone at a time when eleven other climbers died.  Although the logistics of climbing is covered in more detail than I cared to read, his personality and motivation shine through in his storytelling.


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If Nobody Speaks of Remarkable Things by Jon McGregor

The May selection for my work book club is Jon McGregor's If Nobody Speaks of Remarkable Things (2002). The novel follows various individuals in one neighborhood on a particular day, an ordinary day that ends with a terrible tragedy.

Here's the short set of questions I e-mailed to book club members yesterday, along with my own responses.

Did you have a favorite character, or one that spoke to you the most? Who and why?
The father with the burned hands is the one who stayed with me the most after reading the book.

Did you notice that the day on which the events unfold is actually the same day that Diana, Princess of Wales, died? Does knowing that make any difference in how you see the story? I wouldn't have made the connection if I hadn't just watched some of the coverage of the Royal Wedding. To quote the author, he chose this particular day because his novel is about how ". . .everyday miracles of life and death go unwitnessed in favor of celebrity and sensati…

Current Little Pleasures

Girls' weekend in Omaha with Maya and her friend.

Happy Buddha:  Sweet Orange and Cedar Shower Foam from RITUALS

Time for iced or blended peppermint mochas.

Shopping for little gifts for Maya's Japanese pen pal.  They were matched through their schools, and we're hoping she can stay with us for a few days this summer.

The flock of wild turkeys, foxes, and other assorted wildlife entertaining us this fall.

Thanksgiving plans to visit my sister.

Hallmark Channel's Countdown to Christmas is back!

Current Little Pleasures

Christmas Keepsake Week, July 14-23, filled with Christmas movies on the Hallmark Channel.

Sending Christmas (in July) cards with a Peace greeting to some of my favorite people.  Why not??

Scott Tube Free Toilet Paper--nothing to recycle.

Haagen-Dazs Coffee Ice Cream--always!

Baby Driver movie.

Seeing photos from my sisters and niece on Facebook during their Italy trip.  I can't imagine they will want to come back home!

What are your current little pleasures?