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President Carter's recent recollections in Faith are refreshing and make for very peaceful reading.  Just loved reading about the Plains Baptist Church events and the quiet activities of church, Sunday dinners and rural life.  President Carter's humble approach to overcoming all the obstacles in his...

Ashima and Ashoke Ganguli start a new life in America which is, predictably, both alienating and empowering . The story is narrated from an omniscient perspective which really detracts from the immediacy of the experiences of this immigrant family. However, the book redeems itself in its honest depiction...

Poem: Is This Us? ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ This is Us, a new show, all slurpy and sloppy, grins slathered like marmalade, all over everything. Even cancer comes with epiphanies and revelations. This is Us, about us?  I ask, He stares at the screen. Texas Hold’em, the river; He dives in as I float by, waiting,...

      What does the use of ice cubes reveal about a culture? Lots it seems.  We Americans expect to see a cool glass of water waiting for us at the dinner table.  Our drinks should be chilled, and ice readily available, especially during hot...

What am I reading?  The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls    What a fantastic memoir!  I was impressed with this author’s ability to be so brutally honest about poverty, abuse, neglect, and homelessness without judgement.  At the end, she describes candle flames “dancing along the border between...