Sunday, January 6, 2008

The Good Earth

The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck is a novel worth picking up and investing in. At first I was a little turned off by the book, I mean it was on Oprah’s Book of the Month thing and I normally don’t pick up any reading associated with Oprah. I have to admit though, that with this one, she was dead on. The book follows the life of Wang Lung, a Chinese man living when the last emperor reigned. The book opens the day Wang Lung is to go into the Great House of Hwang and ask for a slave so he can marry and continue his name. Thus comes my favorite character in the entire book, O-Lan. O-Lan describe as ugly, wide of mouth and large feet (her mother had never properly bound them) quickly captured my heart. She hardly ever speaks in the book, and is a selfless, devoted wife to Wang Lung who never really sees her for all her worth until the end of the book when its too late. The book follows Wang Lung’s life through the large changes he and his family occurred during this century. It has a great emphasis on the ‘land’ and how important it becomes to Wang Lung, which is essentially the main character in the book. From the start I was captivated by the way Buck’s writing seemed to grace across the page. Her words, are simple but read as though she had taken great care in piecing them together. It’s captivating and engrossing and after reading this wonderful piece of Literature can see easily why Pearl S. Buck won the Pulitzer Prize for this novel. So give your mind a break from all the mind candy you may have been reading lately and pick up this book. I don’t think its likely to disappoint.

Thursday, January 3, 2008

I'm allergic to my wedding ring

Yes, its true, this gold band with diamonds set in to it is messing with my ring finger on my left hand. From time to time it gets really bad, really itchy, really swollen, really red and it just drives me nuts. So why don't I just take the ring off and be done with it? Get over my allergic reaction to gold and let my finger heal up? Why don't I just take my husband up on that offer to get me another ring, one that doesn't have gold in it and wont cause such a fuss? It's simple really, this is the ring that he an I picked out a few days before we tied the knot. This is the ring he gave me and wanted me to have. It's nothing flashy, I didn't want flashy, its not big and screaming 'I'm married look at me' because I'm not out to make a statement. What it is is simply and wonderful perfect. Yeah I know another ring could hold the same meaning but call me silly, I want this one. Beside I can lather up in Cortaid and have some relief for a day or two right? ;)

I love you Henry and my ring.

Wednesday, January 2, 2008

So I was at another site that I frequent off and on when I came across a link in a users profile that lead me to a really really great website. It's called Bookcrossing and here's a brief description of what its about:

bookcrossingn. the practice of leaving a book in a public place to be picked up and read by others, who then do likewise.

The "3 Rs" of BookCrossing...Read a good book (you already know how to do that) Register it here (along with your journal comments), get a unique BCID (BookCrossing ID number), and label the book Release it for someone else to read (give it to a friend, leave it on a park bench, donate it to charity, "forget" it in a coffee shop, etc.), and get notified by email each time someone comes here and records journal entries for that book. And if you make Release Notes on the book, others can Go Hunting for it and try to find it! I think this sounds like a really great idea and if anything it should be fun to see where your books end up.

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

I've got an idiot

*author's note* this was written when I was staff and poetry editor at Lit.Org

I've got an idiot (well that's what I like to call him) that from time to time decides to email me a totally flaming email. And I can't help but smile everytime I see it in my inbox. The message never changes so I already now what to expect and I grin in anticipation. I mean is that messed up or what. You'd think that I would see it and cringe, or sigh in frustration but instead I laugh and pass it around to some friends of mine so they can email me back, laughing and pointing at how off balance this person is.It's really an ego boost too...the thought that someone is actually consumed enough to think of emailing me and actually doing it on a regular bases, going so far out of his way to get someone else to email me that I don't know just to make sure I get the email. WOW.....I've really touched this persons life (sniff, sniff) The fact that idiot thinks about me on almost a day to day bases is quite flattering. I must have made some when I see that email from time to time that lets me know that he's wrapped up in his own little world and can't be a better person than to let thoughts of me run his life....I can't help but smile. I've never made such an impact on someone if I could only use my power for good!!! muahhhhhahahah....;)