Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Three Cups of Tea

Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin is a good book to read. It is an account of how Greg Mortenson started many schools in Pakistan to educate the girls in that country. Here in the United States, I think we don't realize how fortunate we are that all people get to attend school. In Pakistan there are many places that school is not an option. Girls are even less likely to attend school. Mortenson has spent more than ten years trying to make schools more accessible. The difficulties that he encountered and the sacrifices he has made tell much about his passion for this. It is amazing what kind of difference a person with a passion for helping others can make in our world. If you want to know more about this book or Mortenson's work, look at the website for the book at http://www.threecupsoftea.com/. Adventurers and educators should read this book. It would also make a great book to read for a book club. Has anyone read this?

Monday, May 5, 2008

Whispers of the Bayou

Whispers of the Bayou by Mindy Starns Clark is this month's book club choice. It is a mystery that is set primarily in Louisiana. Miranda spent the first five years of her life in Louisiana, then moved to New York to live with her aunt. In the story she is 32 years old and suddenly called to return to her childhood home. Miranda ends up going and learns much about the first years of her life, which she had forgotten up to that point. I don't read many mysteries, but this book had me hooked shortly after I began reading it. The surprises start early in the story, and it was filled with more surprises that made me keep wondering what was going to happen as I read. Even if reading mysteries isn't your favorite thing you would likely enjoy this story.

Friday, May 2, 2008

quilt of hearts

Here is my latest project. It is one of the reasons that I have not finished a book lately. It is May here in Minnesota, but with a weather forecast indicating we might get snow AGAIN tonight, it is also nice to have a new quilt to cover up with when I am reading. The quilt may get many days of use before it warms up for good and my apartment becomes sweltering.

Thanks to Cathy for taking a picture of the quilt so I could put it on my blog. Also to Amanda for drawing the heart shapes for my pattern and Anita for helping choose the backing.