Sunday we had a game night at our house. We always eat good on those nights.
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Saturday, September 18, 2010
Why are we so sure that some planning, or progressive taxation, or the collective ownership of public goods, are intolerable restrictions on liberty; whereas closed-circuit television cameras, state bailouts for investment banks "too big to fail", tapped telephones, and expensive foreign wars are acceptable burdens for a free people to bear?
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
"The nine-to-five is one of the greatest atrocities sprung upon mankind. You give your life away to a function that doesn't interest you. This situation so repelled me that I was driven to drink, starvation, and mad females, simply as an alternative."
The Help, the first novel by Kathryn Stockett. is one of those books that come along once in a while that make you glad you can read. This story has three narrators: Skeeter, a young white southern woman living in 1962 Mississippi trying to find her place in the world as a writer. Then there is Aibileen and Minny, two black women who work as maids for white families in the city of Jackson. The three come together in collaboration with a literary project that threatens to ruin their world. This story has all the elements I like in a novel. It has the suspense of a mystery, the tension between characters and events that hold the plot together and it creates a window through which we can perceive an era that held people within certain boundaries of class and color. I highly recommend this book.
Friday, September 10, 2010
Tuesday, September 07, 2010
Monday, September 06, 2010
Our daughter Rachel flew in from St. Thomas last Friday. We all met her at the airport. After living there for 2-1/2 years she had the good fortune to experience hurricane Earl before her departure.Good fortune in that the storm came close enough for her to witness the ferocity without the risk of life and limb.
Wednesday, September 01, 2010
I just finished another James Michener novel. Caribbean is an excellent book spanning the centuries from 1300 to 1989. It starts off with the Arawak and Carib Indians and intertwines history and story throughout the early European exploration of the Caribbean, the Spanish dominance during the 1500's, the piracy of Henry Morgan, the struggle between the Spanish, French, and English. Through a well told tale you can learn about the sugar plantations, the importation of slaves from Africa (who mostly comprise the population of the Caribbean today) the rise of Rastafarian, Haitian voodoo, and even the Cuban Revolution. Over 600 pages but they turn quickly as you get engrossed in the book