Sunday, February 19, 2006

Book Club discusses The Sparrow, February 18, 2006

Flash Slideshow

The Cousins Book Club met at the same place and time yesterday to share a meal and talk about the most recent book, The Sparrow, by Mary Doria Russell. Della opened the discussion with a comment from Carol, who unfortunately couldn't make it and was sorely missed. Carol's comment related to the role that religion played in the book. Much discussion was generated, specifically around the issue of theodicy in the book specifically, and in the world we live in. The next book club read will be "The Secret Life of Bees" by Sue Monk Kidd and was chosen by Angie. As you can see from the slidshow, Lenny, Benny Marijke and I went to visit Grandma and Jennifer's daughters afterward.

Thursday, December 01, 2005

Lookie here, lookie here.

Hey bookclubbers, check out this magazine . . .

Sunday, November 27, 2005

Click on thumbnail photo to watch discussion of Wicked

Monday, October 31, 2005

Recommended Reading

What's up with the Book Club? No reports on meetings lately. I recently finished reading one of the most remarkable books I've ever set eyes upon and thought I'd let you know about it.

Star of the Sea by Joseph O'Connor.

Here's what the book jacket says:

"In the bitter winter of 1847, from an Ireland torn by famine and injustice, the Star of the Sea sets sail for NewYork. On board are hundreds of refugees, some optimistic, many more desperate. Among them are a maid with a devastating secret, the bankrupt Lord Merridith, his wife and children, and a killer stalking the decks, hungry for the vengeance that will bring absolution.This journey will see many lives end, others begin anew. Passionate loves are tenderly recalled, shirked responsibilities regretted too late, and profound relationships shockingly revealed. In this spellbinding tale of tragedy and mercy, love and healing, the farther the ship sails toward the Promised Land, the more her passengers seem moored to a past that will never let them go.As urgently contemporary as it is historical, this exciting and compassionate novel builds with the pace of a thriller to a stunning conclusion."

This is not a book that I gulped down in one sitting. It is one that I would have to put down between chapters because I wanted to relish each chapter. You know how if you have a favorite TV drama, one hour is enough to last you for the whole week? This book is like that. Each chapter is a story of its own. And yet each one takes you deeper into the overall story. It has witty dialog, history, compassion, hope, sadness, irony, plot twists, and so many other things all very well put together.

My only hesitation in recommending this book is that it presents some adult situations. If this book was a movie, it would definitely be rated "R". But unlike the adult situations in many other books which could be slyly alluded to and left to the imagination of the reader, the situations in this book reveal incidents that motivate the characters' current actions. They give you insight into the character of the character.

Oh, and by the way, a reading group discussion guide for this book can be found online. If any of you choose to read it, I positively want to hear your opinion.

What are the rest of you reading? Any recommendations to pass along?

Sunday, July 03, 2005

Nanny Nanny Boo Boo

Beat ya to it! I checked out our current selection from the La Farge lib.

Wednesday, June 22, 2005

Saint Benedict's influence on the Internet

In 1995, the Monastery of Christ in the Desert produced a website,, that by 1996 had attained a market reach of 12% of online users — a reach that ranked it among the top five online destinations in the world, and thus among Yahoo, Netscape and the other most trafficed sites of the early years of the Internet.

NextSribe is an internet pioneer. Its genesis was in 1994 at the Monastery of Christ in the Desert, and its mission was clarified through the composition of a strategic technology plan (in 1996-1997) for the Vatican.

NextScribe's mission is to exploit the potential of digital networks to give new life to classical spiritual practices, so that people will be sanctified in their communities and relationships.

Saturday, June 18, 2005

Texas Book Clubber In town to discuss the latest book

Book Club convenes with new member and family visitors Posted by Hello

Adele was in from Texas and the book club met to discuss her book rec - The Little Rule and the Little Way. Our conversation drifted to many interesting topics related to the intriguing Saint Therese, and my mind wandered back to the diversity of monasteries that I have visited around the world. The club also welcomed its newest member, Jackie who selected the club's next read - Life and Death in Shanghai, by Nien Chang.