Ruby Ramblings


Machetes to Mosaics – April Reads

Thirteen Thursday

It was a slow reading month, I didn’t quite make it to thirteen, so I added a couple of magazines. Lots of moving around, and very little sitting still.

The Women The WomenSee my full review.

The Zookeeper’s Wife — Fantastic hour long interview with Diane Ackerman about the novel.

We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will be Killed With Our Families by Philip Gourevitch

Short excerpts from Gourevitch at the Pen Festival of authors:

Terry Tempest Williams reads the article she wrote for Orion Magazine regarding her trip to Rwanda to help build a mosaic memorial.

Geek Love Geek Love Nominee for the National Book Award, this is a disturbing tale of a carnival family that attempts to engineer “freaks” with the use of drugs and poisons. All of their children are deformed in some way and we watch them grow up and manipulate each other. Interview with the author at Wired for Books.

sorrow Sorrow Mountain A wonderful book about Ani Pachen’s childhood in rural Tibet, how her life changed after the invasion of the Chinese army, and her 21 years in prison. She tells her story without resentment, but in attempt to make the world understand how her spiritual practice sustained her. She recently died in Dharamsala, but here is a nice piece in her honor.

dream yoga Dream Yoga

Shambala Sun Magazine

For all the reading I’ve done, I’ve never bothered to pick up the Harry Potter series. I’m in Maine visiting my mother right now, and she had this inviting, hardcover, texturally interesting complete set sitting on her floor. I picked up the first one, and am half way through number 4 with no break at all. Highly entertaining, now I see what all the hype was about.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Get the Thursday Thirteen code here!

The purpose of the meme is to get to know everyone who participates a little bit better every Thursday. Visiting fellow Thirteeners is encouraged! If you participate, leave the link to your Thirteen in others’ comments. It’s easy, and fun!

Previous months reading lists: January , February, March



T-13, The South
April 23, 2009, 2:36 pm
Filed under: Travel

Thirteen Thursday


Thirteen cultural things I was not aware of before moving to the south.

1. “Pin” and “pen” are pronounced the same way. Leaving me in search of a safety pin when all someone wanted was a writing utensil.

2. Mac and Cheese is a vegetable.

3. Hush puppies.

4. Collard greens.

5. The American civil war is actually called The War of Northern Aggression.

6. Any argument I was engaged in could be resolved by mentioning I was from Maine. “Ahhh, well, yer just a yank anyway.”

7. My religious affiliations are public information. It’s not if you go to church, it’s where do you go to church. And, in many circles, “I am not a Christian” is not an acceptable answer.

8. On the flip side of that, I also learned that there are some very enjoyable churches in Nashville, as well as the largest Hindu temple in the US, and ten different Buddhist groups. The bible belt is more diverse than it appears.

Photobucket

9. What Bless your heart really means.

10. That playing music just for the love of it is really okay.

11. That a great southern accent can not only be extremely sexy, but can wield sarcasm in a way that puts even the gutsiest New Yorker to shame.

12. That my drinking habits will be heavily governed in any state where I feel driven to drink by the surroundings.

13. That as much as I enjoyed my time living in Nashville and working in Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Georgia, and North Carolina, I will always be a northern girl at heart.

Get the Thursday Thirteen code here!

The purpose of the meme is to get to know everyone who participates a little bit better every Thursday. Visiting fellow Thirteeners is encouraged! If you participate, leave the link to your Thirteen in others’ comments. It’s easy, and fun!



Teaser Tuesday – Pema Chodron
April 21, 2009, 2:55 pm
Filed under: Books, Buddhism, Travel


The Places that Scare You by Pema Chodron

“For instance, even in the rock hardness of the aggression, we’ll generally find fear. Underneath the defensiveness is the brokenhearted, unshielded quality of bodhichitta. Rather than feel this tenderness, however, we tend to close down and protect against the discomfort.” pg. 56

Teaser Tuesdays is hosted by Should Be Reading.

Portland, ME



Premio Dardos Award
April 21, 2009, 2:42 pm
Filed under: Books, Buddhism, Politics, Travel

Thanks to Book Bird Dog for giving this to me.

“This award acknowledges the values that every blogger shows in his or her effort to transmit cultural, ethical, literary, and personal values every day.”

Now for the silly part:

“The rules to follow are:
1) Accept the award, post it on your blog together with the name of the person who has granted the award and his or her blog link. 2) Pass the award to 15 other blogs that are worthy of this acknowledgment. Remember to contact the bloggers to let them know they have been chosen for this award.”

I think it is rather ridiculous to create an award, and then devalue it by making it a chain letter. I’m accepting it from Book Bird Dog because she stuck to just a few blogs that were really nice to read through, and I will do the same. I don’t even read 15 other blogs regularly, but here are a few that I really do enjoy.

Naked Without Books – Susan is an English instructor in S. Korea and has just participated in a 24-hour read-a-thon.

Lotus Reads – book reviews of a worldly nature.

While Sleepwalking – My dear friend has not blogged in a little while, but the past book reviews and European travels are well worth reading through.

Lessons from the Monk I Married – A great narrative of a woman who married a South Korean monk she befriended while working overseas.


The News Dissector
– He dissects the news. A great blog with lots of information, video clips, and links.

Rebecca Hosking Travel Examiner – a great friend of mine who has been to over forty countries talks about them one country at a time.



Book Giveaway
April 19, 2009, 3:51 pm
Filed under: Books

Jennygirl is hosting a raffle for:



Enter Jennygirl’s giveaway.

After her son’s death, Pam Cope travels to Vietnam, Cambodia, and Ghana to help ease her pain by easing other’s.

(I am NOT hosting this giveaway – you have to click on the link above and go to Jennygirl’s site.)



Teaser Tuesday
April 14, 2009, 11:59 pm
Filed under: Books | Tags: , ,

My Teaser: “So, we were doing what Al referred to as ‘the sensible thing.’ The elderly thin flannel blanket and the kid’s unremarkable underwear had all been checked for identifying labels, or floating sequins, that might pin the job on us.” Pg. 67

Geek Love Geek Love by Katherine Dunn

Teaser Tuesdays is hosted by Should Be Reading.

Scranton, PA



T-13, Incheon, South Korea
April 9, 2009, 5:02 pm
Filed under: Buddhism, Travel

Thirteen Thursday

I got my placement for teaching in South Korea. I will be in Incheon, although not sure which area yet.

1. Incheon has 2.4 million people and is the third largest metropolitan area in S. Korea.

2. On Feb. 27, 2007, Incheon declared itself an “English City”, it is also a free economic zone, separate from other economic laws of S. Korea, both of these acts are an effort to attract foreign business, similar to Hong Kong.

3. Jim’s grandfather was stationed here in 1947.

4. They have two professional baseball teams.

5. It is where the main airport into S. Korea is.

6. There are two really tall towers there.

7. Sadly, because it is such a hub of commerce, I’m not seeing much in a search for traditional temples.

8. It is not just one area, but a bunch of islands, and yes, it is fairly close to the N. Korean border.

9. It houses Korea’s only official Chinatown.

10. Pretty pics I’ve stolen off the internet:

11.

12.

13. I found this pic, it’s not built yet, construction started in 2008 and is supposed to end in 2012.

“Korea’s The Most Highest Pure Apartment!”

Get the Thursday Thirteen code here!

The purpose of the meme is to get to know everyone who participates a little bit better every Thursday. Visiting fellow Thirteeners is encouraged! If you participate, leave the link to your Thirteen in others’ comments. It’s easy, and fun!




Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.