Wednesday, March 11, 2009
I really enjoy the author Alexander McCall Smith. He has written several series', including the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency, the Isabel Dalhousie mysteries, and the 44 Scotland Street series. Each story is full of interesting studies of character development. The mystery aspect of some of the books is light, focusing more on the characters and the development of the setting. Check them out for a taste of Africa or Scotland.
I'm thankful for:
-- discovering a good author who has written lots of books
-- time to read and the ability to get absorbed into a good book
Monday, March 09, 2009
Sunday, March 08, 2009
The Tartan Ball was held last night at the Rainbow Gardens ballroom in Erie, PA. It was my first performance on tenor drum with the 96th Highlanders. It was fun! (I did discover that it takes a LONG time to get dressed into this gear: hose, flashing, kilt, sporran, shirt tie, vest, drum harness, hat, gillies, etc.)
-- I'm thankful for music of all kinds
Saw a pair of these guys today. They are pretty slow so I was able to snap this pic before they got away. They are sure ugly birds, and I don't think they are very smart. One time I saw a flock standing on one side of a log, very perplexed on how to get to the other side. For some reason, jumping over hadn't occurred to them.
-- I'm thankful for surprising sights of nature
Wednesday, March 04, 2009
We’ve had sun consistently this week but it is still cold outside. At least we seem to be taking steps in the right direction. Come on, Spring – break through!
I have never been a fan of the author Anne Rice. I don’t consider vampires to be my genre of choice. However, I am intrigued by the recent news of her coming to faith in Christ. Today in Books & Culture magazine, I read a review of Anne’s new book, “Called Out of Darkness: A Spiritual Confession.” It looks intriguing – has anybody read it? Here’s what I learned about Anne:
- Her daughter died of leukemia at age five
- She went through a spell of heavy drinking
- Her education was formulated at all-girls Catholic schools
- She was named “Howard Allen” because her father wanted a son; she insisted on being called Anne but suffered gender identity issues
- She abandoned her faith and “poured out the darkness and despair of an atheist” into 21 books, starting with “Interview With A Vampire”
- While roaming the churches and cathedrals of Europe to research her vampire novels, she became convinced she was being pursued by something. “I was Christ haunted,” she says.
- In 2002, she finally got the message, “Write for God.”
I think I might like to read her latest book. Any other takers?
-- I'm thankful for interesting stories of conversion from unlikely sources
Tuesday, March 03, 2009
I love playing Mahjong on the computer and I think I'm pretty good at it. Imagine my surprise when, in AZ, I was taught to play the real game and discovered that it has NOTHING to do with the computer game except for the look of the tiles. It is quite puzzling that someone would create this computer game of the same name and have it be so dissimilar. Unfortunately, the real game is much harder than the computer version. I hope I'll get to play again one day so I can hone my skills.
On another note about games, has anyone ever played Mexican Train Dominos? Fun stuff!
-- I'm thankful for games and other activities that are fun and don't cost anything
I've joined a group to discuss the book, "Resident Aliens: Life In The Christian Colony... A Provocative Christian Assessment of Culture And Ministry For People Who Know That Something Is Wrong." After one chapter, I find it a bit tedious but I'm told it gets better. I'll let you know what I think once we're into it further.
I'm thankful for:
-- changes of plans
Sunday, March 01, 2009
I wrote back on Day 13 about my favorite coffee shop in town and the vehicle they had for advertising it. I saw it today, uncovered of snow, and took the photo as promised. Had my hazlenut steamer... all is right with the world.
-- I'm thankful for sweet drinks