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Monday, February 12, 2018

January Books

Is there anything that Neil Gaiman writes that isn't brilliant, or at least really good?  Not so far as I've noticed (except Sandman, which was a bit much for me)

Little Brother was a re-read - and still pretty damn good.

Family Magic was a quick just-for-fun read.  Good for what it was.

Being Mortal was well done, and gives all of us something to think about when it comes to end of life decisions.

The H-Spot, well presented argument about the importance of women's happiness for everyone.

Dreamland, a disheartening report on the opioid epidemic and the horrible break down of any kind of a safety network.

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

December Books

The Psychopath Whisperer was the only real book I read this month.  It was interesting, and I think my 13yo would enjoy it.

Eat Dirt was really just a promotion for other low-content stuff from the author. Meh...

Mother Can You Not, is a quick read of short essays inspired by the CrazyJewishMother twitter account.  It's light and funny.

The Berne book shows it's age (1964) with clearly dated language and sexist ideas.  Reading though, I could hear how influential it has been, as some of the language, such as giving "strokes" is still used today.  It made me sad an angry to read the victim blaming, and the derision of women in the book, but I could also see how it would be useful for writers of fiction for the many "scripts" it described.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

November Books

I bought The Curiosities and Every Day at the Tattered Cover when I went down to Denver to meet a friend there for an author event.  I felt all grown up, walking around, sipping wine, eating hors d'oeuvres (really just samples for local businesses), and getting young adult authors to sign my program.  I might have fan-girled just a little, and maybe I shoved some of the chocolate in my purse to take home to the kids.  It was fun!  It's not often I do something just because I want to, kinda think I should do that more often.

After You was a quick fun read, a sequel to You Before Me.  I think I liked it even better than the first.

I'm loving short stories right now, they seem to fit with the bits of free time I have, so The New Voices of Fantasy were a great fit.

I read Country Boy because it's by a friend.  I think it's about the third book of hers I've actually read, although she's written a lot more.  Gay fiction is generally my thing, but honestly?  She's gotten good enough that they're just really enjoyable stories.  Now if only I could get her to write me some science fiction....

Friday, November 24, 2017

$2, what can it do?

What could you do with two dollars?  Maybe buy a cup of coffee.  Or a donut.  Not both.

This is the bill I didn't loose

At our church this last Sunday, we had a reverse offering.  Each person there was asked to take a $2 bill from the offering basket for each member of their house hold.  We were challenged to see what good we could do in the world with two dollars.

I took three $2 bills, one for me, and one for each of the kids still at home.  I imagined that I'd hand them out to my teens and we'd talk about our favorite charities.  It would be a very intellectual and meaningful conversation.  Maybe we'd decide to match the $2 donations to send to one of them.  Or maybe we'd use the combined $6 to buy some baking supplies and sell sweets at church   Even though it was a small amount, it was fun imagining what we'd do.

However, being me, being us, that's not what happened.  First of all, the teens weren't that much into charity, and while the Hot Dog (now 13 yo) thought a $2 bill was cool, Lego Kid was pretty blase.  Second, I had the bills in the side pocket of my purse, and at some point, while I was unloading groceries, two of the bills fell out of my purse, never to be seen by me again.

Of course they did.  That's my kinda of wiener dog luck.  Or, well, I'm a bit of a klutz.  Whatever.

Now, it's not like the loss of $4 is really a big deal, and it's not even that the loss of two $2 bills is really that upsetting.  After all, I can take my money to a bank and ask for it to be exchanged for $2 bills if I want.  It's just... I had plans for it.  Those. Exact. Bills.

I was sad when I got home, and I told Hot Dog about it.  That kid.  He was awesome.
"But maybe they were found by someone who could really appreciate it"

That's exactly right.

Now we got the fun of imagining what happened to those $2 bills.

A homeless person found them and was able to get some hot food from the grocery deli.

A little kid found one and thought it was play  money, until his mom told him it was real, and he could keep it!  He was so excited!!

A squirrel found one, carried it to it's nest to become part of the insulation that will keep it warm all winter.

It got caught in a car, drove away, and fell out, right in front of a little girl who picked it up and give it to her big brother.  He had been sad because his team lost last week, and she was so happy to be able to make him smile.

None of our stories was particularly brilliant, but we had fun imagining what happened to those two bills.  I felt better of the little loss of our bills.  We're so lucky, we know that we'll be able to continue to give to support the work of our church, even with out our $2 bills..  Our church is doing so much good in the community; Faith Family Hospitality, One Family One Village, the Larimer County Mobile Food Bank, becoming a Sanctuary church, these are just some of what we're doing right now.

Now it's your turn.  What would you do with your $2?
Leave your stories in the comments, and if you are moved, make a donation somewhere, maybe even Foothills Unitarian, and tell us what good you hope will come of your donation.