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04/26/09

  01:38:00 am, by Airycat   , 249 words  
Categories: Book Reviews, Chitchat

Earning My Books

I honestly don't know how good a book reviewer I am, but I do try to give honest thoughts of whatever I remember. I really need to read with a pencil and notebook handy. I'm pretty sure some of the things I noted today are not all the same ones I noted the first day I started to read.

I just posted my review ofáLarry's Kidney here:á
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Alive, Not Dead √ (well, it'll show up there eventually)

There may be other places it shows up. Either my MSN or my Yahoo gets a blog feed from Xanga. Whatevah! I've done the review and I was happy to do it, I loved the book. Now I have two more to write -- one foráMy Sister, My Love by Joyce Carol Oates and one foráA Day For Dying by Dorothy Simpson.

I need to get reading more, too. If I'm going to make 50 books this year, I'm behind, since I need to read four point something books a month and I'm one book shy of an even four a month right now. I may not know how to review poetry very well, but I have a few thin poetry volumes that should help me reach, and maybe go over, my 50 book goal.

So enough chatter for now. I need to look for my next book and get started.
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  12:04:00 am, by Airycat   , 562 words  
Categories: Book Reviews, Biography, Memoir

A Delightful Armchair Adventure
Larry's Kidney by Daniel Asa Rose

I was hooked with the first line, "Huwwo?"áLarry's Kidney, by Daniel Asa Rose, is indeed an "adventure of a lifetime (really) -- a madcap odyssey of the heart (and kidney) in the most exotic country on earth," as the back cover proclaims.

Larry is something else. Rose shows him as funny, exasperating, morose, kind hearted, unyielding, dictatorial, and expansive by turns, a moody man who is nonetheless charming and hard not to like. I believe that Rose shows Larry as he sees him, but he makes it clear in the book that he has a vivid imagination, so I'm not entirely sure Larry isáexactly the man we're shown. Still, I think Larry would be someone interesting to meet, though I'd make sure not to cross him.

I loved the way Rose shows the people of China, very much as I might expect to see them myself -- quite confusing at first, then not as a people (plural), but as individual people, who still might be confusing due to language and cultural differences, yet people with whom it's possible to interact. I felt I was there with them as I read. (The fact that I was playing Chinese pop music as I read probably helped this a little.) And, though I don't go looking for it intentionally in what I read, I'm always delighted to see an example of my world vision* in reality, in the world today. For all his and Larry's cavalier naivety, before he returned home he saw (was made to see) some of the harsher realities and he still chose to remember the kindnesses bestowed upon him and Larry, to believe goodness was indeed goodness. Nobody ends up being a bad guy here. It's just that everyone sees things differently.

Rose's style reads/sounds as if he's there telling the story in person. I could hear his voice, so much so that when I later visited his website and heard him speak, I "recognized" it. It was exactly as I expected. I get a distinct picture in my head of Larry, but somehow, it didn't quite match the photo on the back cover. I think that's because a photo is still and we need to see Larry animated. I do take issue with Rose's description of Mary. Did he say she was fat?** I can't remember exactly, but he certainly gave the impression that she is. However, the pictures on his website show that she definitely isánot fat. (I should be so "fat!") But, then, there is theáAuthor's Note stating that he had to change some facts of the story to protect those who helped him and Larry, so maybe there is a bit of embellishment here and there to make every part an interesting story. Who knows? Who cares? If he says it's true, I believe the basic facts are true. It's just that he's not a "damn, dim bulb," writing a dull diary of facts. He wrote a story we want to keep reading.

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*I see a world where all people accept each other as friends and neighbors and celebrate each person's uniqueness as a vital part of everyone's life, like threads in a tapestry. ~F. Shafer Junaid

** "a giant cleaning lady" "a larger figure than I expected" (p. 23 of my ARC)

PS: Since Clint Eastwood is too old for the role, I nominate Billy Bob Thornton to play Larry.

Larry's Kidney

04/21/09

  01:06:00 am, by Airycat   , 369 words  
Categories: Chitchat

Weird

Not really interesting weird. More of a blah weird.

Probably TMI, but you can...

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I was supposed to get up early, but my stomach/intestines were mad at me, so I didn't make it. Tomorrow, or rather, later today, I get to have a colonoscopy. The test itself is no problem. I've had it before. The hard part the first time was having to drink a gallon of pure nastiness in three hours (while studying for a test, no less!). Now the drink is an almost tasty 8 oz. (kinda like a salty lemon fizz). The problem is that before taking that, one must have a nighttime dose of Milk of Magnesia. (Hence the mad tummy this morning). Then I had to fast all day. Fortunately not a complete fast. I could have non red juice and my Mandarin Mango Tea To Go. No calories in the tea, but the juice (white grape and orange for me) have given me about 2/3 my calories for the day. I'll spare you the details of the rest of the prep, but I don't look forward to it.

The worst thing is that tonight was a big TV night for me with three hour long shows. Do you realize how many food commercials there are during prime time? Too many. Usually it's the car commercials that annoy me because there seem to be more of them than anything else, but at least they don't make me think I'm hungry. (I say 'think' because I really am not hungry. It's more mental. I can't, therefore I want.) Even the burger ads were almost making me drool. Papa Murphy's is one of my favorite pizzas, not the meat one they were advertising, but still... And then at 9:30 or 10 my son decides to have dinner and I don't know what it was but it smelled soooo goooood. Earlier I saw a brownie in his room. It was probably stale, but I drooled anyway. I'd like even saltine crackers right now, but I have to wait until probably dinnertime tomorrow. I hope mom feels like cooking tomorrow... something really tasty. Thirteen or fourteen hours to go.

I think I'd better go read and, hopefully, get my mind off food.

04/20/09

  02:14:00 am, by Airycat   , 441 words  
Categories: Chitchat

Lovely Sunday

Today has been a good day.
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The weather was gorgeous, today. It got up to about 80║ and was sunny all day... well since 1 pm when I got up. It's hard to get up earlier when I don't get to bed until sunup. I went out and had to do a little work in the garden. Since my physical therapist said no bending over, I did a lot of lunges and squats! I tried not to do any lifting, but that is a severe limitation on gardening around here. My son will be doing a lot more garden/yard work than he'd like -- at least until he gets a job. Unemployment being what it is here now, I don't think I need to worry.

I also got three loads of towels washed. They are drying very slowly. I'm guessing that means we need to get the vent pipes cleaned out.

The other thing I did today was sweep and vacuum my balcony. What a mess. Everything was covered in pollen. I also watered the plants there. I tend to forget about the poor things all winter. They are under the balcony roof, so they don't get the rain everything else gets. Actually some of the potted plants close to the house also need to be watered. The eaves and wind direction keeps them from getting rain.

Sp all in all it was a productive day for me. And my back does not hurt, which is a very good sign.

I think I'll read tonight. (If I don't let myself get caught up online.)

I haven't read yet. After I wrote that I went down to check the dryer and ended up doing some sewing. I mended a couple of things for my son and then started to work on my kitchen shades. I broke a needle and couldn't find more, so that ended that. Tomorrow I will get some needles.

I exercised at 12 pm! LOL actually that's a great time for me to exercise. I found the routine atáSparkPeople.com. It's only 15 minutes, but a good workout. Good to get me back into shape. I feel good. I'll sleep well. On the schedule I've been on it's not really that late either. This is what the eastern sky looked like as I went to bed this morning:

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I need to get up early tomorrow. (Well, 9:30 is early for me.) I should get to bed earlier tonight, but I don't know how that's going to work. I suspect I'll just be tired tomorrow. As hard as it is to get up on a regular day, if I have to get up, I manage very well.

04/10/09

  12:19:00 am, by Airycat   , 0 words  
Categories: Fun, Memes

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