Thursday, October 30, 2008
Monday, October 27, 2008
It was great to have my team back, and great that they were competitive and above all great that I have something to look forward to next year.
"Wisdom Hunter" written by Randall Arthur.
This book surprised me. I am not a big fan of "Christian Fiction" as it comes across tacky and in my opinion is quite often not well written. However, I really enjoyed this book. Why? Simply because it focused on issues that I feel strongly about. This is the legalism that is so abundant in the right wing, "evangelical", part of the Church today. In the story the "hero" is a pastor of a large church who was so rigid and legalistic that he ended up driving his daughter away and eventually she died, causing his wife to die of a "broken will". He eventually after some trials found true. living Christianity and what it is about in his quest to find his grand-daughter who he had never met. For me true, Bible believing, evangelical Christianity is not about a set of rules it is about living a life based on the teachings of Jesus which is compassion, love, forgiveness and equality. If your life is lived this way in a true submission to "The Spirit" the other things will come.
This is also in my opinion why a lot of Ultra-Right, and right-wing evangelicals have it wrong in so many issues. The Christ of the Bible was the ultimate socialist, or communist (of course the atheism of Marx and Engels makes this a bad analogy), for want of a better term. Our human understanding can not grasp the enormity of this concept, but, one only has to read the beginning of the book of "Acts" to see this in practice. So tell me, why is "sharing the wealth" wrong or, "Universal Health Care" wrong? We need to focus on the wider issues, not just the "ethical ones". For example fix the two issues I've listed the problem of abortion will become less because the financial means and other justifications to carry out this will not be there making the decision to save a life much easier...
OK, I didn't mean to go on such a rant on finishing a book, but, there you go. It's something I feel really passionately about!
Friday, October 24, 2008
Who did I vote for in the big one? I think for those who know me it was fairly obvious, but, I still reviewed all the issues. I meant to go over each on individually on this blog, but, once again time was non-existent. So I will do a quick summary below;
- Abortion - Palin is the strongest, McCain weak and for the Dems I disagree with both on this. Dems 0 Reps 1
- Cuba - Agree more with the Dems, not McCain. I believe talking should begin with their leaders. I do not agree with the embargo. Dems 1 Reps 1
- Economy - Agree a lot more with Obama than McCain, but, I think there are major weaknesses on both platforms. Dems 2 Reps 1
- Education - A toss up. I agree with parts of both. Dems 2.5 Reps 1.5
- Energy - I agree more with the Dems on almost everything. My major disagreement is drilling in Alaska as I believe the Technology is there now to keep it clean and environmental. I am pleased that Obama has not discounted Nuclear energy as this would have been a major disagreement for me. McCain is still to far stuck in the old way of doing things. Dems 3.5 Reps 1.5
- Energy - I think it is a wash. Although I believe we are called to be "stewards" of our Environment and therefore should do everything we can to protect it the science is still not conclusive as to the cause and there is a lot of unnesary hysteria caused by this. Dems 4 Reps 2.
- Gun Control - I think the 2nd ammendement is mis-understood and there should be gun control. Dems 4.5 Reps 2.5
- Health Care - Obama's plan is by far the best. McCain's is to be perfectly honest a hodge podge and a joke. However, Obama's plan goes no where near far enough. I think if the constitution was written today with what we know the founding fathers would have made health care a right. "Life, Libery and Happiness" is difficult if one can't afford to go to the doctors. Dems 5.5 Reps 2.5
- Immigation - Both identical and I don't really agree with either. Dems 6 Reps 3
- Iraq - Agree 100% with Obama and not at all with McCain. Dems 7 Reps 3
- Taxes - Agree with Obama, not McCain Dems 8 Reps 4
- Intangibles - Obama wins this hands down. Why? because he is fresh, but, above all comes across calm under pressure. He also has much more evengelical faith than McCain to ground himself. McCain, the so-called candidate with experience who can handle the pressure has shown himself to be the opposite. He comes across angry and erratic. The fact that he blew is so called best advantage (experience) by chosing Sarah Palin (I have nothing at all against her except there is no way she is ready and I think McCain has put her in a position to fail and be a scape - goat) says to me he cannot make smart decisions. In comparison Obama's choice of Biden, although, I was disspointed, was a safe and sensible choide. Dems 9 Reps 4.
Sunday, October 19, 2008
Thanks to all organizers, leaders and cheerleaders. It is nice to just lay back, read and not worry :)
1. Which hour was most daunting for you?
When I got up at 6am this morning to try and get some reading in.
2. Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year?
I am generally interested in all the books I read. I think reading thrillers this time made it a wee bit easier than last time where I read some non-fiction. Although having said that my "stats" where almost identical to June.
3. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year?
4. What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon?
It was all good.
5. How many books did you read?
Finished three complete books and one I was half way through when I started. I abandoned one after 21 pages because it was not me. I also got about 25% through another.
6. What were the names of the books you read?
Night Judgement at Sinos, See How They Run, Strangers (abandoned), U.S. Marshals, A Small Town in Germany and A Small Death in Lisbon (incomplete - still reading)
7. Which book did you enjoy most?
Night Judgement at Sinos
8. Which did you enjoy least?
9. If you were a Cheerleader, do you have any advice for next year’s Cheerleaders?
10. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time?
Very Likely. Reader again.
They were two little, buff tabby brother and sister - Button, the girl (right) and Butter, the boy (left). They game to us the week of June 27th 2006. Button was adopted first the week of July 11th 2006, followed by his brother on August 19th 2006.
I finished the read-a-thon at page 122 (out of 451) in "A Small Death in Lisbon". That means I read 70 pages in 53 minutes during the last hour.
The final total of the event is:-
Books Finished - 3 1/2
Total Pages Read - 1159
Total Time Read - 14 hours and 4 minutes.
It's been fun...until next time :)
Saturday, October 18, 2008
I finished reading: "A Small Town in Germany" written by John le Carre. An interesting, but, very dry book.
Next up "A Small Death in Lisbon" written by Robert Wilson. (451 pages). However, I am really tired and have a busy day tomorrow so I need to turn in for a while. I plan on getting up at 6am to finish up with the last two hours.
Running Total -
Books Finished - 3 1/2
Pages Read - 1037
Total Time - 12 hours 26 minutes.
I am up to page 125 (of 311). Over the last two hours I read 71 pages in one hour and seven minutes.
Running Total -
Books Read - 2 1/2
Pages Read - 850
Total Time - 8 hours 56 minutes.
Over the next two hours I will be watching my San Jose Earthquakes play Kansas City in Major League Soccer whilst I read.
I finished reading; "U.S. Marshals" written by Max Allan Collins. This book was based on the screenplay of the movie by the same name starring Tommy Lee Jones, the sequel to "The Fugitive". This is the first time I ever read a book based on a screen play. It was ok.
I started to read "Strangers" by Dean Koontz. I have never read anything by him so I thought I would try. I do not like the "horror" genre so after 21 pages it was obvious this book was not for me. This the second book this year that I failed to finish after starting.
Therefore, the book I am now reading is the next one on my list, "A Small Town in Germany" written by John Le Carre. I am up to page 15 (out of 311).
This hour I read 92 pages in 48 minutes.
Running Total -
Books Read - 2 1/2
Pages Read - 740
Total Time - 7 hours 2 minutes.
I finished reading: "See How They Run" by James Patterson. An OK book, but, it was way too stop starty for me.
I started reading: "U.S. Marshals" written by Max Allan Collins. I am up to page 30 (out of 240).
This hour I read 58 pages in 27 minutes (we had lunch, hence less reading time).
Books Finished - 1 1/2
Pages Read - 493
Total Time - 4 hours 27 Minutes.
I finished reading:- "Night of Judgement at Sinos" written by Jack Higgins.
I started reading " See How they Run" written by James Patterson. Up to page 9.
Total Pages for the hour 73. Total Minutes this hour44.
Books Finished - 1/2
Pages Read - 152
Total Time - 1 Hour 34 Minutes
I will be reading as I always do, in the order I buy books, and as I don't look far ahead (one or two max) I really do not know what's coming up. At the moment I am in a whole slew of Thriller/Spy Novels which are light entertainment for me and do not take me long to read.
I will post every hour on how much I have read the previous hour and for how much time.
I am starting of the book I am currently reading: - "Night Judgement at Sinos" written by Jack Higgins. Currently I am on page 149 of 289, which therefore means I have 140 pages left to go in this book.
Friday, October 17, 2008
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
"The Partner" written by John Grisham.
The second Grisham book that I have read recently and again I thoroughly enjoyed it. I think finding out how much I have enjoyed reading him is the surprise of the year from the reading front. When I go to the big Wake County booksale in November I will certainly be looking for more books by him.