Monday, January 16, 2017

Jürgen Moltmann ~ theology of hope

Although I haven't finished any of Jürgen Moltmann's books yet, I have been thinking about HOPE.  For one thing, I chose it for my word of the year, the first time I've ever done such a thing.
And now the picture I've shared above is on my desktop for (at least) this week.  I found it in something posted online about the Women's Marches all across the nation on January 21st, the day after the inauguration.  What are your hopes for this year?

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Sunday Salon ~ staying warm and reading

I completed a couple of books this week, both biographical and both about women.

Waking Up White, and Finding Myself in the Story of Race ~ by Debby Irving, 2014, race relations, 10/10
We white people should choose "conver-sation starters that have nothing to do with identifying a person by where they're from, what they do for work, or any other sorting and ranking criteria."  For example (from p. 215):  "So what was the most interesting thing that happened in your day today?"
I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark ~ by Debbie Levy, illustrated by Elizabeth Baddeley, 2016, children's, 9/10
"You could say that Ruth Bader Ginsburg's life has been one disagreement after another. Disagreement with creaky old ideas.  With unfairness.  With Inequality.  Ruth has disagreed, disapproved, and differed.  She has objected.  She has resisted.  She has dissented.  Disagreeable?  NO.  Determined?  YES."
I don't seem to be focusing as much on Jürgen Moltmann's books as I had planned, though I'll catch up.  But I know I also need novels and memoirs in my life.  While working in the Crown Center's small library this week, I picked up a novel by Richard Russo.  And I got two books about Ruth Bader Ginsburg from the University City Public Library, the book for children that I read immediately (above) and the one for adults (shown here).

  • Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg ~ by Irin Carmon and Shana Knizhnik, 2015, biography
  • That Old Cape Magic ~ by Richard Russo, 2009, fiction (Massachusetts)
Okay, what else happened this week?  Ice happened!  We've had icy roads and sidewalks and trees in St. Louis for the last few days.  I glanced out my window yesterday morning and saw a woman getting up from the sidewalk after a fall.  Most of us are staying inside.  Our schedules changed at the Crown Center when the staff went home in mid-morning on Friday, and I still don't know if we'll have a memorial service today for Marilyn, who died recently.

Bloggers gather in the Sunday Salon — at separate computers in different time zones — to talk about our lives and our reading.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Caturday ~ photo

Usually, I get up and move when someone points a camera at me, but I was comfortable and stayed put.  Someone told Bonnie I don't look real in this picture.  What's THAT supposed to mean?  I'm real.  I'm a real cat.  Can I help it if I'm so cute?

Clawdia, 'til next time   >^. .^<

Friday, January 13, 2017

Beginning ~ in a hotel room

That Old Cape Magic ~ by Richard Russo, 2009, fiction (Massachusetts)
"Though the digital clock on the bedside table in his hotel room read 5:17, Jack Griffin, suddenly wide awake, knew he wouldn't be able to get back to sleep."
I got this novel from the Crown Center library.  It's a duplicate copy, so Donna and I culled it to be donated.  I'll read it first.  A summary:
For Griffin, all paths, all memories, converge at Cape Cod.  The Cape is where he took his childhood summer vacations, where he and his wife, Joy, honeymooned, where they decided he’d leave his LA screenwriting job to become a college professor, and where they celebrated the marriage of their daughter Laura’s best friend.  But when their beloved Laura’s wedding takes place a year later, Griffin is caught between chauffeuring his mother’s and father’s ashes in two urns and contending with Joy and her large, unruly family.  Both he and she have also brought dates along.  How in the world could this have happened?  It's about marriage, family, and all the other ties that bind.


Gilion at Rose City Reader hosts Book Beginnings on Fridays.  Click here for today's Mister Linky.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Two videos ~ "True Colors"

A PrimeTime investigation showed how racial bias comes into play in numerous interactions when two friends with virtually the same Big Ten collegiate educational background both go shopping and house hunting.  The African-American man is consistently ignored and talked down to by store clerks and car salesmen, while his white counterpart is greeted and glad handed at the same department stores and dealerships.  An undercover news TV crew captures instances of housing, job discrimination, and other racial bias in this thought provoking bit of investigative journalism conducted in St. Louis, Missouri.  It aired on September 26, 1991.  The report is now in two parts on YouTube.

Diane Sawyer "True Colors" ~ Part 1
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8XprcqeZ5-E

Diane Sawyer "True Colors" ~ Part 2
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h9zoz_plfOg

Two videos on TWOsday about racial bias in St. Louis in 1991.  Has it changed?  What do you think?

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Sunday Salon ~ bookshelves

I'm following the advice of these book shelves by reading my own Jürgen Moltmann books.  Can you see that it says "read your book case"?

This has been a good week, but not what I expected.  For one thing, I didn't complete Moltmann's autobiography, as I had hoped to do.  On the other hand, I managed to get six posts written (if I get to count the one my cat "wrote"), and I enjoyed socializing with friends several times:  visiting with Sandy and Donna over a meal, "Talking It Over" with a group of Crown residents, eating out with Joan, meeting Rosie for lunch in the Circle@Crown Café, and getting to know Miriam over dinner with other residents downstairs.  (I'm Miriam's ambassador, a volunteer who helps a new resident get to know about the Crown Center.)

Book just completed:
  • The Indigo Children: The New Kids Have Arrived ~ by Lee Carroll and Jan Tober, 1999, psychology, 8/10
Books I'm reading now:
  • Waking Up White, and Finding Myself in the Story of Race ~ by Debby Irving, 2014, race relations
  • Stress: The Good and the Bad ~ by Paula Ceccaldi, Agnès Diricq, and Clémentine Bagieu, 2001, health
  • A Broad Place: An Autobiography ~ by  Jürgen Moltmann, 2007, theology
Books up next:
  • The Living God and the Fullness of Life ~ by Jürgen Moltmann, 2015, theology
  • Jürgen Moltmann: Collected Readings ~ ed. by Margaret Kohl, 2014, theology
Bloggers gather in the Sunday Salon — at separate computers in different time zones — to talk about our lives and our reading.

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Caturday ~ communication skills

Someone asked Bonnie (I was listening to them talk):  "How do you know what she's saying?"

Humans are so limited in their understanding!  First, I get Bonnie's attention then *SHOW* her what she needs to do.
1.  If I go to the kitchen and sit at my empty bowl, she knows to feed me.

2.  If I jump up on the table beside the place Bonnie keeps my treats, she knows I want treats.

3.  If I run to the door, it means I'm anxiously awaiting our nightly ritual of taking a walk down the hall so I can explore what's going on.  I hear sounds from behind those closed doors, sounds like televisions, and I smell smells coming under the doors of what people have eaten.
Most people are able to learn things like that. I have trained Bonnie, however, to do an additional task.
4.  If I sit on the zippered part of my carrier, she knows I want to go visit Donna.  (I used to have to get inside it before she understood.)
See that photo up above?  Yes, I'm sitting there, but Bonnie was wasting time taking a picture of me.  I watch her to be sure she doesn't get distracted by something like her laptop, but she isn't perfect.  Sometimes she says we can't go because it's the middle of the night.  Sometimes she claims Donna isn't at home, but I say we can't know that until we go check it out.  So c'mon c'mon c'mon, let's go now!

Clawdia, 'til next time or whenever   >^. .^<