Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Salvage the Bones

I finished Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward last night.  I had not heard of Jesmyn Ward before but the premise of the story sounded interesting -- a  poor black family living in Mississippi when on of the most devastating hurricanes in US history hits South, Hurricane Katrina. 

Much of my ex's family lived in the New Orleans area during Katrina and we spent a lot of time helping them get back on their feet and relocating to KS. This summer we traveled to New Orleans to port out of the city on  a Caribbean cruise. While visiting,  I was able to finally see how the South had and had not recovered from Katrina's devastation. There is still so much to be repaired.

I thought the story was a bit slow at the start but was intrigued by the impoverish ways of living described by Ward -- stealing from neighbor farms, breeding and fighting dogs for money, and living off Vienna sausage and Ramen noodles as a norm.  About midway through the story, it started to gain speed and I, interest.  There is a deep theme running between the main character - a pregnant teen daughter named Esch, Esch's mother who died while giving birth to a son, a  female dog named China that gives birth to puppies, some who make it and some who don't,  and then Hurricane Katrina who is impregnated with fury.  There is symbolism in the idea that the "mother" is a vessel for new growth and delivering death and despair as part of the birthing process.   I rather liked the comparisons and the idea that motherhood is an imperfect process and that in the end, mother nature will take her course.

Big 2nd Grader Now

We were going for the Anthro look for the first day.

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Live Deliberately

I'll be visiting Thoreau's resting place next month...
I think this quote speaks well as to how I've been feeling lately.

True Blood: An Addiction

There aren't many shows that I get really excited for these days.  And I don't know that I've been been so into a show that I'd consider going to a Con just to meet some of the actors, writers, etc. until now.  I was late to the game with True Blood and started watching the show in 2011 via DVD.  A friend had recommended the show to me and even mentioned that there was a series of books written by which the show was based.  I made a mental note and went on watching back episodes of Lost, Super Natural, and Veronica Mars.  Then came the day when I needed a new show to watch.... so I thought, why not? 

I had no idea that the show was a southern gothic tale of vampires, witches, and other supernatural creatures.  Imagine my suprise when viewing the intro with its catchy tune by Jace Everett and realizing what kind of story was beig told.  I was immediately hooked.  Fast forward to now.  I'm caught up.  I finished Season 4 today and I want MORE!  Unfortunately, I've got a long wait ahead of me.  We don't have cable which means I'll be waiting for the DVDs once again...sigh.  I guess in the mean time, I'll just have work my way through all 4 seasons again.

I did try reading the Sookie Stackhouse books written by Charlaine Harris but just didn't get into them like I thought I would.  Maybe it's time to try them again to help tide me over.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Meet Miss Mable

Meet Miss Mable.

Mable is our three month old Basset Hound puppy that we adopted from the Humane Society a couple of weeks ago. She was a high interest puppy and we knew we had to act quickly to get her. Adopting a dog is something my husband and daughters have been wanting to do for quite some time and now that we've moved into our new home, it was just a matter of time to find the right dog for us. We debated for months over Shelties (Josh), Chihuahuas (girls), and Boston Terriers (me) until finally settling on a Basset Hound. Mable's ears and paws are about five times too big for her body and she's clumsy as can be -- but a sweet, sweet girl. Even our cat, Grimm, seems to be getting used to her and we're well on our way to being fully crate trained.

I have to admit, I have forever fantasized about the idea of sipping sweet tea while my hound dog lazily slept on my front porch at my feet. I'm very quickly learning... Basset Hounds aren't that lazy... especially puppies. Hounds do symbolize a lot about the south to me and another reason I'm so happy with our choice. Mable's got the saddest eyes I've ever seen but I absolutely love her old soul.