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  • Andrea Camilleri: The Wings of the Sphinx (Inspector Montalbano Mysteries)

    Andrea Camilleri: The Wings of the Sphinx (Inspector Montalbano Mysteries)
    The wonderful, irascible Inspector Montalbano of Vigata, Sicily is at it again. Did I mention he's wonderful? And there are 10 earlier ones in the series.

  • Ariana Franklin: The Serpent's Tale

    Ariana Franklin: The Serpent's Tale
    The very wonderful Vesuvia Adelia Rachel Ortese Aguilar (prepare to die!) continues her work. Who knew that the wretched pit that is present day Salerno once housed an amazing and Europe-reknowned medical school? Where even women were allowed to become doctors...

  • Ariana Franklin: Mistress of the Art of Death

    Ariana Franklin: Mistress of the Art of Death
    Wonderful. And amazing as a first novel. There are some inevitably cringe-worthy scenes (if you're going to be true to the middle ages) but Franklin's ability to bring those times to life is spot-on. And she is amazing with the first of the Plantagenets. Makes me want to jump his unsavory little bones.

  • Nicholas Blake: The Worm of Death

    Nicholas Blake: The Worm of Death
    Vintage 1960 British murder mystery. Good if you'd like to learn quayside shipping vocabulary for the docks at Greenwich...

  • Kent Haruf: Where You Once Belonged

    Kent Haruf: Where You Once Belonged
    Well written but depressing. Very depressing. His others are better.

  • Kent Haruf: Eventide

    Kent Haruf: Eventide
    the sequel, sort of, to the wonderful Plainsong. I know that he's the father someone related to a knitblogger I read regularly. She mentioned him one time and the prior book Plainsong. Who? dunno. I'm not sure I would have appreciated Haruf as much had I not moved to a small, rural town. Go find him. He's quietly wonderful.

  • Ray Kurzweil Ph.D.: Transcend: Nine Steps to Living Well Forever

    Ray Kurzweil Ph.D.: Transcend: Nine Steps to Living Well Forever
    Another state-of-the-research book from Kurzweil and the longevity physician, Terry Grossman. I liked Fantastic Voyage better, but for sheer quality of information relevant to our health today, it's hard to beat. You can get a free (but for the shipping cost) copy at Ray and Terry's, their website that sells the supplements key to the program. As they say, they don't care if you get the supplements from them or not, just get them, take them and make the lifestyle changes. Then we'll be around to benefit from the next geometric progression of the health research paradigm.

  • Mehmet Oz M.D.: Healing from the Heart: A Leading Heart Surgeon Explores the Power of Complementary Medicine

    Mehmet Oz M.D.: Healing from the Heart: A Leading Heart Surgeon Explores the Power of Complementary Medicine
    so far so good. the ego required to succeed in the star-system world of cardio-thoracic surgery is only minimally present at the half way point in this book. In his world this is no doubt radical, radical stuff. Interesting to see the highest towers of traditional western medicine allow alternative therapies in.

  • Diane Ackerman: The Zookeeper's Wife

    Diane Ackerman: The Zookeeper's Wife
    Love Diane Ackerman. Just started this, I'll get back to you...

  • Dana Stabenow: Whisper to the Blood: A Kate Shugak Novel (Kate Shugak Novels)

    Dana Stabenow: Whisper to the Blood: A Kate Shugak Novel (Kate Shugak Novels)
    Another keeper. All is not well in The Park. The Aunties have taken matters into their own hands. Be afraid. another bit of wonderfulness from Dana Stabenow. Once again I'll be tapping my fingers for another year till the next Kate Shugak mystery shows up. Sigh.

  • Byron Katie: A Thousand Names for Joy: Living in Harmony with the Way Things Are

    Byron Katie: A Thousand Names for Joy: Living in Harmony with the Way Things Are
    Loving What Is continued on...tough Work but is there really a choice about it? heh.

  • Greg Mortenson: Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Promote Peace . . . One School at a Time

    Greg Mortenson: Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Promote Peace . . . One School at a Time
    Alrighty, I'm late to this game but if you haven't read this, go forth and read it NOW. It's a wonderful tale and it's not over yet. As we ramp up the war in Afghanistan why not join the Dept. of Defense and do your required reading? As Rep. Mary Bono (yes, that one) says, you'll learn more about the region from this book than you will from months of Pentagon briefings. Go Dr. Greg!

  • Andrea Camilleri: August Heat

    Andrea Camilleri: August Heat
    Camilleri's latest Inspector Montalbano mystery set in Sicilia. Just wonderful. Now I have to wait a year for the next one. Crap.

  • Janwillem van de Wetering: The  Japanese Corpse (Soho crime)

    Janwillem van de Wetering: The Japanese Corpse (Soho crime)
    Two Dutch cops sent to Kyoto to solve a murder in Amsterdam involving the Yakusa. Van de Wetering is a 'voice' like no other. He spent several years in a Zen monastery in Kyoto himself. The entire series has been re-issued by Soho Crime and is totally wonderful. And the cover design by Cheryl Cipriani is awesome. Yes, I'm a cover art ho.

  • Anthony Bourdain: Kitchen Confidential Updated Ed: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly (P.S.)

    Anthony Bourdain: Kitchen Confidential Updated Ed: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly (P.S.)

  • Alice Hoffman: Practical Magic

    Alice Hoffman: Practical Magic
    The hardback has an illustration taken from Dante Gabriel Rossetti's Proserpine. Much nicer. Hoffman's a great storyteller. And I always want her characters to go forward to the next book. But they never do. Go read this one anyway. You're welcome.

  • Tony Hillerman: The Mysterious West

    Tony Hillerman: The Mysterious West
    This is a REALLY wonderful short story collection edited by Hillerman. Lord, I'm going to miss that man. All of the stories are set in the west or midwest, small towns and large. They're quirky and somewhat unexpected, especially relative to the usual work of the authors like J.A. Jance, Dana Stabenow (a bit darker), Lia Matera (chilling), etc. The true find for me is Wendy Hornsby. One of the best written stories, independent of genre, I've ever read. I've never read a more skillfully built exposition of the backstory built into the actual story. wow. I'm off to see what else of hers I can find.

  • Charles de Lint: The Wild Wood

    Charles de Lint: The Wild Wood
    Re-reading this bit of loveliness from de Lint. Among other things, it's about an artist who's lost her mojo. It's apropos given that I've re-started The Artist's Way by Julia Cameron.

  • Elizabeth A. Lynn: Chronicles of Tornor 3: The Northern Girl (Chronicles of Tornor)

    Elizabeth A. Lynn: Chronicles of Tornor 3: The Northern Girl (Chronicles of Tornor)
    Found this as I was repacking ancient boxes of books. It was written in the late 70s and is flat out wonderful. It's the third book of a trilogy (the 2nd one is Dancers of Arun) I highly recommend all of them. It's Fantasy with an incredibly drawn world worth of an Ursula LeGuin, deep and quirky characters, and stay-up-all-night story telling. go. find them.

  • Julia Cameron: The Artist's Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity [10th Anniversary Edition]

    Julia Cameron: The Artist's Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity [10th Anniversary Edition]
    A birthday gift from the Gomez. Starting this once again after years of hiatus. Wonderful.

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September 02, 2005

Comments

Catherine

Amen, sister. Preach it.

Liz

Abso-freaking-lutely. It is such a disgrace, and to think that Bush recently said that the results of the effort were "not acceptable". Who does he think he can blame?

The rest of the world is watching this and shaking their heads. I've never been so ashamed of my country.

Becca

I'm totally with you--our government has compounded the misery and proved itself utterly inept. I could go on, but you said it all.

I am, though, glad to know you came through the storm OK.

Mary

I was away when it hit and only saw newspaper coverage in the last 2 days. I thought about you and hoped you were OK. I think there are a lot of questions that need to be answered about the response (or lack of it). For now, on a personal level, I am pleased you are safe and hope things are getting better for you.

Neena

Yep, to all. You said it perfectly.

mari

Amen, sister.

Lissette

As much as I love what the Red Cross stands for, I have to admit they are very slow to mobilize as well. I volunteer for them as much as possible, and any time there's some kind of emergency like this, most of the heads are running around like crazy people not knowing what to do, and they leave their volunteers waiting for hours or days for some direction. Most of the time it's too late to do anything when they finally figure out what to do because the volunteers are either too tired to do anything, or got sick of waiting around for them to figure things out that they leave, or they just get turned away. It's really quite sad that those that are willing to help others feel as though there isn't much they can do to help because of beauracracy issues.

And let me not get started on the topic of politicians....

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