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  1. Yes, I think I remember this, along with the basketball/hat jokes about his head. He was a very funny man. We watched a you tube video for class and what I remember about his humor was: very funny and backhanded at the same time. I'd catch myself laughing and then think, "wait a minute." I'd think about what he just said and then cringe, because his humor was funny and stinging (b/c it was true) at the same time.
  2. I heard back from my prof and here are some of her recommendations: (the links go to Amazon pages if you want more info) James Welch and Gerald Vizenor are 2 more. Welch's Fools Crow is about Native life in the 1900s as the white people encroach. Michael Dorris' Yellow Raft in Blue Water. Black Elk Speaks which is an oral history with a history of it's own. Velma Willis Two Old Women For poets--Linda Hogan and Joy Harjo She's sure to think of more and I'll pass them along when she does. I still have more Erdrich I'm planning on reading. Several of her books, maybe more,
  3. Like KShaw said, there are spectrums of introverts/extroverts. One thing that struck me as I was reading the book is the number of pastors that are introverts at heart, but have no difficulty speaking in front of a congregation. But the fellowship time between services is really hard for them to handle. I think most people who know my husband would assume he's an extrovert. But to those who *really* know him, like me , know he's really an introvert, with a personality that has a lot of extrovert traits to it. If that makes sense.
  4. I think it was tongue in cheek; using humor/exaggeration to draw people into the article and to get his points across. Thanks to Greg for posting the link!
  5. Ha! If you only knew how appealing the hermit aspect is at times!
  6. I'm not sure if this fits under faith or literature, so if it gets moved, I'll understand. I just finished this book my Adam S. McHugh and for me, a lot of my puzzle pieces are beginning to fall into place. I'm an introvert, defined as someone who finds strength in solitude, is drained by social interactions that are bigger than a few people, needs to process information internally before coming to a conclusion, and has struggled to find a place in a church culture that is, by and large, extrovert oriented. I don't like the pressure the "fellowship" time between services. I've struggle
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    Scrambled. Easy to do. We also use this toaster-on-steroids--toasts the muffins and cooks the eggs (scrambled) all at the same time. Egg salad is also a favorite--based on the fact I made egg salad from a dozen eggs yesterday and it was gone today. 8O
  8. Re-read the first two over break--appalled at how much I missed the first time I read them! But now, I'm ready for the third installment. "Impatiently waiting" is probably more accurate. Here's hoping I have time to read it during the semester. ::crosses fingers::
  9. Sherman Alexie was born with a condition called hydrocephalus, in layman's terms, water on the brain. He had surgery while still a baby and wasn't expected to survive. When he did live, doctors predicted he would have severe mental retardation. Anyone who's heard him speak or read his writings knows how sharp his mind is. He did suffer seizures though. Guy's a genius. Taught himself to read while still a toddler. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, is an eye-opening read. While it's a young adult novel, it's in many ways autobiographical. I've read the book twice and parts of
  10. Leslie Marmon Silko was another writer we read--Storyteller and Ceremony. I'll probably read more of her work as well. Ceremony is a novel, while Storyteller is a collection of poetry, family stories and traditional stories. N. Scott Momaday's House Made of Dawn won the Pulitzer Prize in fiction in 1969. It's a hard read, but a good one. I'll probably read it again at some point. I know we read some of Diane Glancy's work; I think it was more essays/short stories. I think she's one I want to read more of, since we were so limited in class. I'm going to email the prof and see what s
  11. I took a Native American literature course last semester and got introduced to some great writers. Sherman Alexie (Spokane/Coeur d'Alene) and especially Louise Erdrich (Ojibwee) are currently favorites. Anyone else read Native authors?
  12. Ah, ends justifies the means Christianity. Whatever happened to just passing up something you don't need and donating the money to the poor? I've never stolen a library book, but had to double check on one of the used books I bought online for one of my classes. While on vacation in Colorado last summer, Denver news ran a story about a man who had stolen library books to fuel his drug use. He received a ten year prison sentence, while the woman he sold them to for a few bucks a piece received a lesser sentence, even though she turned around and sold the books online for a lot more. He's cl
  13. I just finished Leif Enger's Peace Like A River. I tried reading it years ago, but couldn't finish it. I decided to give it another shot and this time, I had trouble putting it down. The novel kept me engaged on several different levels. I'm already planning on re-reading it. Next up is his book, So Brave, Young, and Handsome.
  14. The Crockpot is my best friend and it doesn't make it back into the pantry very often either. We steer clear of beef in my house for various reasons, nothing to do w/ being vegetarian. I toss several chicken breasts into the crockpot and let them cook all day. Then I shred them and have cooked chicken ready to go for various dishes. Since returning to school, menu planning has become a must, so I write down what I plan to have every day. I make my grocery list from that, so I'm not wandering up and down the grocery store isles trying to figure out what to get, over buying on somethings, n
  15. I think what's bothering me most, and I'm not sure what to do with it, is this isn't told in a journalist style, but written in first person POV, like Walls' is channeling her grandmother, for a bad comparison. It's almost impossible to tell what is real and what is storytelling--which goes back to the statement the author doesn't need to fact check but is pretty free to fill in the gaps, enhance the story via storytelling skills. So the line is further blurred between fact and fiction. I'm liking the book, but I'm reading it with a "well maybe it did/maybe it didn't" happen lens. Sinc
  16. Jeannette Walls', author of The Glass Castle, newest book is Half-Broke Horses and the tag line on the cover says it's "A True Life Novel", something I found a bit puzzling since novels are, by definition, fiction. But according to this article in the Christian Science Monitor, the reason for the true life novel tag is: "Because Lily died when Walls was 8, many of the recollections are secondhand. Calling this book a “true life novel” enables the writer to embellish without fear of fact-checkers and to rely on her imagination for storytelling. It also means the story can be told in Lily Sm
  17. oops. moved the post to the proper section. ::blushing::
  18. *Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Wolfe *House Made of Dawn by N. Scott Momaday *Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien *The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver *Time's Arrow by Martin Amis. Read it 2 weeks ago over Thanksgiving break and I still haven't worked out all the kinks it put in my brain. 8O Cheryl R
  19. My husband, who doesn't watch much TV, tunes in every week. I usually have to much schoolwork to do to sit down and watch, which is frustrating because of the questions the show raises about the future. How much of the future is under our control? Is it fixed? What about those that didn't see the future--some sort of glitch or because they are dead in the future? What do you do with the information you have--the future you've seen? :blink: Imagine the questions I would have if I actually watched the show.
  20. Cool car. We are a family of Jeep drivers. One Cherokee that is on it's third driver, my husband's Liberty and my Compass. . We back our cars into the garage and had a scene like no other in the neighborhood--three distinct Jeep grilles all lined up in a row. Til my son bought a Mazda this summer. That moved bumped the oldest jeep into the driveway and thus ruined our unique look. It just seems so wrong somehow. But to be really different, we also own a plane. ::plane:: Which isn't parked in the garage. Much to my oldest son's dismay. Well, duh! You did not know this? It's in
  21. I used to frequent the library on a weekly basis in my childhood. Mom went to the grocery store after dropping me off at the library. Grocery shopping was always over too soon. But now, I don't have time to visit the library and even if I did, I don't have time to read books I may check out. :cry:. So I order from Amazon instead and just stack up the books I don't have time to read, but at least there's no pressure to get them done by a deadline. One of the things I plan to do after graduating in the spring is to read the books I *want* to read, instead of those I must read (some of th
  22. Cool news David! Congrats! Looking forward to your comparisons.
  23. Currently reading Ceremony by Leslie Marmon Silko and To the Lighthouse by Virginia Wolfe. The first I'm kinda liking; the second--not so much. Both are for lit classes.
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