|Chapel of St. Ignatius, Seattle University|
|Suki Kim at the Search for Meaning book festival|
|Don and Suki Kim autographing our copy of Without You, There Is No Us|
More on Search for Meaning: In addition to the two keynote addresses we also attended three seminars each. Don and I attended our first seminar together which was called "In Search of the Triune God: The Christian Paths of East and West" given by Professor Eugene Webb. It was a fascinating look at the history of the church and the split that happened back in the 800s which lead to the Eastern Orthodox tradition. My third seminar was with Ellen Bass who talked about her experience writing poetry and, lucky for us, read quite a few of her poems aloud. Here is a tiny fragment from her poem "If You Knew" which asks us a probing question, if we knew we were the last person to touch a person before they die, would we treat them differently?
What if you knew you’d be the last
to touch someone?
If you were taking tickets, for example,
at the theater, tearing them,
giving back the ragged stubs,
you might take care to touch that palm,
brush your fingertips
along the life line’s crease. (Excerpt from "If I Knew" by Ellen Bass)
Dinner in Seattle: After the book festival we met up with our niece and her husband, Kaylyn and Bobby. They were vacationing in Seattle for a few days from their home in Boise. Rita, Dan, and Carly joined us, too. We had a fun dinner and plenty of conversation at the very fun and funky Buca di Beppo. Since it is an Italian restaurant we found our conversation drifting to Italy and the food we ate there. Kaylyn and Bobby visited Italy last year so we all had lots of stories to tell of wonderful sites and delicious food.
Listening to Canadian Brass: The school band is preparing to go to a competition or on tour (I am not sure which.) Several times this past Friday they came out of the band room and played their beautiful music for the assembled school while the students were eating their lunch or traveling to classes. One song was a gorgeous piece which featured the brass section. I don't know the name of the piece but in my search for it I stumbled upon this video of the Canadian Brass Quintet playing Bad Romance. Enjoy something different today.
Books read this week:
- Linda Brown, You are Not Alone: The Brown v. Board of Education Decision a collection of short stories, poems, and essays edited by Joyce Carol Thomas.
- Ten Poems to Change Your Life by Roger Housden---a reread for me. This time I really focused on the aspects of each poem which spoke to finding oneself, one's soul. As in this line from Derek Walcott's poem "Love After Love"--
You will greet yourself arriving
At your own door
- Scottsboro, Alabama. A story in linoleum cuts. A rarely told story about a racial event which happened in the 1930s when nine innocent black boys were charged with rape. Because the NAACP and the American Communist party got involved, the events got some international publicity and the boys lives were spared.
- War Dances by Sherman Alexie---one of the five books for the Pierce County Reads event this year. This book is a collection of Alexie's short stories and poems. All of them are classic Alexie---anger and fun rolled into one.
- Quiet: The Power of the Introvert in a World That Can't Stop Talking by Susan Cain--- I can't stop talking about this book, what does that say about me? I recommended it to my principal this week. He is an introvert, a quiet and effective leader, a rarity.
Adventures in inventorying the library: I started inventory this past week. What inventory really means is that I spend a lot of time looking at books deciding what I want to read, what I want to weed, and deciding how to organize things. I completely revamped the sports section, pulling books over from the biography section. I also placed an order for several more sports books I think will interest my readers. On contemplation I realized sports books have a pretty steady circulation so I want to up the offerings in this section. The other section with robust circulation is graphic novels (Dewey 741.5) but I haven't got that far in inventory, yet.
Have a good week. What are you up to?