Friday, June 12, 2009

Wocket in my Pocket

Here is little post in honor of one of Jack's favorite books.

Did you ever have the feeling there's a Zamp in the lamp?

Or a Nink in the sink?
Or a Woset in the closet?
Sometimes I am quiet certain there's a Jertain in the curtain.

And when I hear a tock I know a Zlock's behind the clock.
And that Zelf on that shelf, I have talked to her myself.
I like the Zable on the table.
And the Ghair beneath the chair.
But the Bofa on the sofa acts as if he does not care.
I like the Geeling on the ceiling.
And the Zower in the shower.
And the Nupboards in the cupboards. I do like them a lot.
But that Nooth Grush on my toothbrush. . .Well, some are nice, but he is not.
The Yeps on the steps are always fun to have around, and so are many, many other friends that I have found. . .
Like the Tellar and the Nellar and the Gellar and the Dellar and the Bellar and the Wellar and the Zellar in the cellar.
There's the Yottle in the bottle whom I do not wish to keep.
But the Zillow on my pillow always helps me fall asleep.

Saturday, June 06, 2009

Gone Fishin'

So, I am not an avid outdoorsman. I like hiking around and playing sports outside, but I have only fished once in my life (and I didn't catch a thing). My friend John Lewis offered to take me fishing on his boat, and he also offered for Matt to come along. I was very excited to take him up on his offer. Matt did great and we caught 5 fish (we threw them all back). Here are a couple of pictures.Matt did a great job on the boat. He ended up being really comfortable on it, and he had a great attitude.

Here are Matt and John with our first catch. Matt seemed a little nervous that the fish was going to "get him," especially since it kept flopping out of John's hands.

Here are Matt and I after a later catch. It was great that we both had our first successful fishing trip, and that it was together.
Special thanks to John for taking us out. It was a blast, and we hope to get to do it again sometime soon.

Thursday, June 04, 2009

Some Great Books

So, I am going to throw out some great books that I have read recently. I highly recommend all of them.
Cry, the Beloved Country by Alan Paton
This is was written in the early 1940's, and it is a powerful story about South Africa. The main character is a black minister who lives in the country, but travels to the city to check up on family who have moved there. A series of events lead him to deal not only with the heartbreak and conflict, but also with the changing world around him. This is known as the classic novel on South Africa. I found myself constantly in tears through the last 50 pages of it. So, so good. Well worth a read.

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
I read this one back in January, but I still thought I would comment on it. You have probably seen it all over Borders and other book stores. It is a story that revolves around modern Afghanistan, but also deals with powerful themes that cross all cultural barriers. It deals with guilt, love, and destiny. A warning is that there are some tragic events in the book that are hard to read. I still found it to be incredibly worthwhile, though. Great stuff.

This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald
If you have read The Great Gatsby, and if you liked it, then I highly recommend this book. Again, I read this one a while ago, I think in December, but I just couldn't put it down. It is set in the 20s and it completely character and setting driven. It follows a young man through romance, college, friendship, and career life as he wrestles with his place in the world. I think it was amazing literature. Really interesting.
The Road by Cormac McCarthy
I just finished my second trip through this book. Simply put, this is a post-apocalyptic story of a father and a son try to survive. The story is told in a simple way, but it is so powerful, terrifying, and compelling that I moved through it in 2 or 3 days. You may have seen that a movie based on the book will be coming out this Fall (starring Viggo Mortenson, aka, Aragorn). I thinking being a father of sons made this book that much more powerful to me. It is strange how that things that the father in the story wrestled with, in how he kept his son alive and how he kept hope alive in his son, seemed so similar to the everyday things that fathers deal with. Highly recommended.
I am looking forward to more summer reading. I am working on another Daniel Silva novel right now. I am also reading through Trinitarian Soundings again. Maybe this time I will understand it.