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Sunday, September 28, 2014

Sunday Salon...End of September

Frozen corn ready for bagging at the Emergency Food Network
Weather: Blue skies with wispy white clouds, comfortably warm outside.

Faith-in-Action weekend: this is the weekend that folks at my church participate in service projects rather than go to church, we are the church in the community. I helped out at the Emergency Food Network warehouse yesterday bagging up frozen corn. The twelve volunteers and myself dealt with almost 5000 pounds of corn. The photo above was taken by our project manager prior to getting started. Today my daughter and I turned into seamstresses making the component parts of the Days for Girls bags. These are homemade sanitary napkins that girls in developing countries can reuse.  If you have a sewing group and would like a very worthwhile project check out their website for details how to sew these projects. Days for Girls. We had over eighteen projects at a variety of skill levels to involve even our youngest and oldest members. It has been a wonderful blessing to all our church, and hopefully for our community.

Cookies: Carly worked with a group of kids as one of our Faith-in-Action projects to make cookies for firefighters. They made chocolate chip and gingerbread cookies then delivered them and got to climb around on the truck and try on the boots. Fun project.

Books completed this past week:
  • True Sisters by Sandra Dallas---a book club selection about the Mormon Trail. I didn't especially like the book but we did have a good discussion.
  • The Tyrant's Daughter by JC Carlson--- written by a former CIA officer. In it's entirety, which includes the essay at the end, it is very thought-provoking.
  • The Family Romanov by Candace Fleming---Murder, rebellion, and the end of Imperial Russia.
  • Say What You Will by Cammie McGovern---two unlikely friends, one with C.P. and the other with OCD. They help each other in surprising ways.
Currently reading:
  • The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd---my audiobook selection, on disc 3 of 11.
50-page project:
  • Marina by Carlos Ruiz Zafon---100 pages read. Though I may finish this book some day I won't recommend this book for our project.
  • A Time to Dance by Padma Venkatraman---150 pages read. A young dancer in India loses her leg in an accident. I think we should consider it as a book for our project.
  • 100 Sideways Miles by Andrew Smith---37 pages read so far. It is another potential Mock Printz selection but I fear it suffers from the same problem as The Grasshopper Jungle by Smith...too crass.
  • Otherbound by Corinne Duyvis---upcoming
  • Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson---upcoming
  • The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton---upcoming
Prayers for: Betty who lost her husband of 67 years; for Sharon whose sister-in-law was just diagnosed with stage-4 lung cancer.

Batman Evolution, The Piano Guys:



  1. Oh, no, too much cancer. I hate it so much. How are you liking The Invention of Wings?

    1. I really like the Invention of Wings. It is running through my head all the time right now.


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