Sunday, December 13, 2009

December 9th - BOOK CLUB

Rachel and I finally started our Uni-CV book club. It’s something I had wanted to do for over a year, but got stuck on the idea that I needed to supply the books. Instead I am trying to create a compromise by typing up the book to cut down on the amount of money it will cost the students to photocopy the books.

We are going to begin to meet twice a month. The first book up, chosen by the overwhelming majority of the club members, is James McBride’s The Color of Water.

Now a little on the random side, I am in the process of writing my second grant proposal. Whereas our library has a good number of books, we are missing come classics and most contemporary books. I am going to include a list of the books on this page.

Angelou, M. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
Cooper, J.F. Last of the Mohicans
Crane, S. The Red Badge of Courage\
Ellison, R. Invisible Man
Faulkner, W. As I Lay Dying
Huxley, A. Brave New World
Kafka, F. The Trial
Kesey, K. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
Larson, E. The Devil in the White City
Lee, H. To Kill a Mockingbird
McBride, J. The Color of Water: A Black Man's Tribute to His White Mother
O'Brien, Tim. The Things They Carried
Rowling, J.K. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
Salinger, J.D. Catcher in the Rye
Sedaris, D. Me Talk Pretty One Day
Tan, Amy. The Joy Luck Club
Tolkien, J.R.R. Lord of the Rings
Twain, Mark. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
Twain, Mark. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
Smith, B. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
Swift, Jonathan. Gulliver's Travels
Vonnegut, K. Slaughterhouse-Five
Dahl, Roald. James and The Giant Peach
Dahl Roald. The BFG.
Curtis, Christopher Paul. Bud, Not Buddy.
Curtis, Christopher Paul. The Watsons Go to Birmingham.

I have two requests. The first one is if you have these books or others that you think would be useful in a library (including young adult books) and would like to do something nice for the holidays, please send them my way. I think you can get a set price box from the post office for 5-15 bucks to ship things to Cape Verde.
You can send them to Lindsay Williamson C.P. 1120 Mindelo, S.Vicente, Cabo Verde.

The second request is that I am trying to figure out other methods to getting these books or class sets of books for the library. If you know of any organization or you work for schools, etc. I can appeal to for funds or book donations, please send me the information.

Thanks! In case I don’t update again before the holidays, have a warm, merry and healthy Christmas and New Year!

I’ll be heading off to Fogo to attempt climbing a volcano. It’s rumored to be three hours to climb up but only half an hour to climb down. It should be exciting. Keep your fingers crossed that I don’t trip over my own feet yet one more time!

December 5th - SANTO ANTAO, COVA

Went to S.Antao for the day. Decided to come back early to tackle cleaning and work, but not before walking in an old volcanic crater, that’s now farmland, and then walking downhill into Paul before stopping at Alfreds.

November 28th - THANKSGIVING

We organized a big Thanksgiving dinner. The e-mails alone were enough to cause immediate salivation. We all cooked and prepared different dishes and ended up with enough food to feed a small nation. I stuffed myself so silly in the first ten minutes that I could hardly move.

It’s funny to see how people react to stuffing themselves. We had some pacers, some belly rubbers, and of course some lay down on the ground and don’t movers. Some pictures of the evening.


113-year-old World War I vet Henry Allingham passed away in the English coastal town of Ovingdean.

Allingham chalked up his long life to "cigarettes, whisky and wild, wild women" and sources close to the war veteran said he "possessed a great spirit of fun."