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Friday, January 18, 2008

Friday Five; Read Any Good Books Lately?

Well, pish posh! I think that some books ARE better than others! How about you?

Ammendment: I just got back from my favorite book store. They're only in NYC, but NOW they're online @ Go there. Great Values, better fun to browse in person!

What book have you read in the last six months that has really stayed with you? Why?
Hmmm. Well, Since I've been sick, I've been reading a lot of trashy mysteries, but I just read:
Another Day in the Frontal Lobe a brain surgeon exposes life on the inside
by Katrina Firlik
Which is the story of one of only 26 female brain surgeons in the US.
And I really liked "She's Come Undone' by Wally Lamb.
I'm presently reading Kathy Reichs latest "Bones to Ashes". She's one of my favorites in the mystery genre.
I just finished "Serving in Silence" which I picked up in a used book store. It's the autobiography of Colonel Margarethethe Cammermeyer who was booted out of the Army after answering truthfully "yes" when asked if she was a lesbian. After 26 years of service including a tour of duty in Viet Nam.You may have seen Glen Close play her in a television special. I'm also presently reading "Baby Doctor" by Perry Klass. This was exerpted in the NY Times years ago. There seems to be a theme going here. Books about Doctors and Nurses. Hmmmm?

What is one of your favorite childhood books?
Well. My town had a tiny library and I was there so much, that when I was 13, they offered me a job (.45 per hour, 6 hours a week, backbreaking work putting away books.) The children's books were always poorly organized, but I knew I liked the books written by someone named by McGowan. They were the Nancy Drew books. Loved them. Couldn't find enough!

Do you have a favorite book of the Bible? Do tell!
How about Ruth?

What is one book you could read again and again?
This is Not For You, Jane Rule or any of Jane Rule's books, although I find that as I age, I don't re-read books as much as I used to. Too many new books to read. Also Garp and the other books by Irving.

Is there a book you would suggest for Lenten reading? What is it and why?
I've been meaning to read "Finding Your Religion" by Rev. Scotty McLennan which I picked up at the Strand, my local huge and favorite used bookstore. I guess that would be it. I has an introduction by Gary Trudeau and jacket blurbs by Lawrence Kushner and William Sloane Coffin (how could I go wrong?)

And because we all love bonus questions, if you were going to publish a book what would it be? Who
would you want to write the jacket cover blurb expounding on your talent?
I would write a juicy lesbian novel, but not trashy, literary. Of course it would be reviewed favorably in the New York Times and Jane Rule (unfortunately, now deceased) would write the review.

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

I Failed My Test

I failed my T-Tube Cholangeogram (read fancy, expensive x-ray) yesterday.

I still have one last stone.
I am sad.
I have to have another ERCP.
I am scared. (The last one gave me Pancreatitis.)
That's all I have to say.
(the picture is from last March's visit to the south of Italy. 
This makes me happy.)

Monday, January 14, 2008

Poem by a friend

For J.L Borges
by Kimberly M. King rsj
c MperiodPress

Lullaby, hullabloo
fandango, frisbee, and kazoo!
Addiss Ababa, Walla Walla
hoedown, flapjacks, hoot and holler

One if by land, thar she blows!
Jumpin' jimminey, Geronimo!
Heads-Up, stiff upper lip
if they're loose, they sink the ship.

Holey moley, holy cow,
Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou?
Testy, touchy, cross and cranky...
wallow, snivel, pass the hanky.

Gherkins, salami, proscuitto, gnocchi,
Ponchartrain, Atchafalaya, Okefenokee.

Zesty, zippy, energized
iris, vermillion, sunset skies.

Joy, bliss, revelry...
to set words free, our destiny.

Shiver, challenge, rhythm, beat,
feel the vibe, script your feet.

Pen, page, word, proclaim
living, creative, never the same.

Let it loose, go with the heart.
Taste them, touch them, words are art

that swoops and startles
that gleams and laughs
with ripples deep as glory
with trailing scarves 
diaphanous and suggesting.

The well-trained tongue gives shape
to the stories of
the image and likeness
of God.

It lifts the words from the page

where they are

with delight

to become

--Kimberly M. King--

cMperiod Press

Sunday, January 13, 2008

Mike Huckabee on Gay Rights

Mike Huckabee on Foreign Affairs

Of course Canada already has the looney for the one and the twoney for the two-one of the things I like best about Canada. I think America should ask permission to use the looney. Since we are so looney.