Archive for May, 2008

bookmark: skeleton man

Skeleton Man – by Tony Hillerman

Am I getting tired of Tony Hillerman stories? I read this a bit after reading The Sinister Pig and found myself wondering if the stories aren’t getting a bit thin. This one was still enjoyable but is lacking in the Navajo and Native American cultural details that made Hillerman’s books particularly interesting in the first place. The plot seemed a bit weak, too, or maybe I’m just a bit jaded by now.

(Finished 5/24/08)

journey

Each one of us is on a very personal journey through this world. No one else can travel through here on the same path that you tread. Others cannot see, hear, feel, taste or smell the world in exactly the same way that you do. They have not done nor experienced life in quite the same way you have. They have never experienced precisely the same emotions you have, even in identical situations. Even identical twins are uniquely different. They may share the same genes but they do not share the same body and mind, and cannot occupy the same space at the same time.

In spite of this, we each have a great tendency to assume that everyone else perceives and experiences this world in the same manner that we do. It is hard for us to accept that what we may think is common knowledge, is a mystery to someone else, and vice versa. One person struggles through life looking for meaning, while another breezes on through with no thoughts or concerns of “meaning.” It is hard to understand another person’s needs and desires when those needs and desires are far removed from anything in our experience.

On the other hand, we each think that we are so unique that no one else could ever possibly understand us. While I have just argued that this is true, there is yet a common human experience that gives us at least a little insight into each others existence. While we may be Granny Smith, or Red Delicious, or MacIntosh, or Jonathon – we are still all apples in the end, sharing the same basic traits.

Complete Guide to Quilting – Better Homes and Gardens

I’ve been interested in learning to quilt. I purchased several books about quilting based on reviews on Amazon.com and have found that this book really is a great place to start. It gives a lot of information in a concise manner with lots of photographs. I would suggest it as the first book for any beginning quilter. On the other hand, if you would like to learn using a book that teaches through projects, this is not the book to use. Even if you learn using another book or method, this is a great reference book.

(Finished 5/7/08)

bookmark: the art of aging

The Art of Aging – by Sherwin B. Nuland

I had high hopes for this book, but it missed the mark for me. The author writes in a somewhat formal fashion that is not easily accessible. After reading the first third of the book I was so depressed I almost decided to quit reading it. While there is some value in this book – in particular I found about three or four pages near the end of the book that were very good – I wouldn’t personally recommend it. Maybe you would think differently.

(Finished 5/3/08)

A Thousand Country Roads: An Epilogue to the Bridges of Madison County – by Robert James Waller

I’m not sure why this book had to be written. I think that the original The Bridges of Madison County stood on its own as a complete work. This book is filled with so many coincidences and near misses that “deus ex machina” is putting it kindly. On the other hand, I would be lying if I didn’t admit that I appreciated the chance to regain my familiarity with the characters from the original book.

(Finished 5/2/08)