Another Nani Little Book: A Little Sprinkle of Stardust (thanks Alex Haley)*

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DSCN3619 DSCN3620 DSCN3621 DSCN3623* I read Steve McCurry’s blog entry on the gift of grandparents and was reminded of an Alex Haley quote I love: “Nobody can do for little children what grandparents do. Grandparents sort of sprinkle stardust over the lives of little children.”

PATTY 5/30/13

I Am Pondering the Color of the Shirt I or My Descendants Might Wear on Mars. Lessons from a House Wren for the Middle East(Another 420 Character Poem in 9 Lines)

Futile to debate a peace process in the Middle East?

It’s as useless as pondering “the color of the shirt you’ll wear on Mars”?

Yet a tiny House Wren hurls decibles

upon a gargantuan Gray Squirrel perched too close to the nest,

the GS backs down, and HW resumes it’s screed to all around:

STAY AWAY from my spot.

BUT NOTE! At LEAST 20 bird species manage to nest in peace on my 1 little parcel.

They coexist.

So. Futile?

PATTY 5/28/13

SHE IS TOO FOND OF BOOKS ~ THE SUNDAY COZE

ImageGetting on with the serious business of reading…. MEMOIR

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MY STROKE OF INSIGHT: A BRAIN SCIENTIST’S PERSONAL JOURNEY

by Jill Bolte Taylor   (2006, Plume)

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This memoir is both personal and scientific.  The author suffers a stroke at the age of 37 and is able to identify the early signs because she herself is a brain scientist. She not only shares her experience of losing physical and mental capabilities as a result of the stroke but exactly what is happening inside her own mysterious brain.  An intelligent spirit-bracing read about resilience.

Listen to the NPR interview with Jill Bolte Taylor here.

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SLEEPWALK WITH ME: AND OTHER PAINFULLY TRUE STORIES

by Mike Birbiglia   (Simon and Schuster, 2010)
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If you’ve ever heard Mike Birbiglia’s laugh-till-you-cry storytelling on public radio’s This American Life, then you know he is one of the most charmingly hapless comedians alive.  When he fails, he fails entertainingly, and when he’s confused, we’re confused right along with him.  He’s just so arrestingly likable that you’ll want to be his BFF.

You can listen to his near-death story here, starting after Terry’s intro.

Are you reading a memoir that’s soul-tugging?  wit-sharpening?

jaw-breakingly amazing?  Do share.

meet you here next sunday ~ oldies but goodies

Toni 5/26/13