Archive for December, 2007

Snow Flower and the Secret Fan

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on December 17, 2007 by Budd Black

This was a wonderful book that I would encourage anyone to pick up.  It is very sad as it follows the life of a Chinese girl from her milk years all the way to her years of rice and salt.  The author describes the process of footbinding in depth, but the pain of footbinding seems to be just a precursor to the pain and loss that are to come in her life.  This book is recommended to anyon who loves a good read as well as those that are curious of 19th century China and Chinese traditions.  Some of the subject matter in the book might not be appropriate for those week of heart or young in years.  I think I need to pick up some of See's other works.

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This is great!

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on December 13, 2007 by Budd Black

If you have kids, you should check into this program.  It is great.  If you don't have kids you should think about donating.  You should do that if you have kids as well.  Dolly is a great person and the Imagination Library is proof of that. 

You wouldn't believe how hard it is to find a picture of her that doesn't show off her assets. 

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The Gift of Compassion

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on December 12, 2007 by Budd Black

inspired by Jay's "All I Want for Christmas" post.  

When I was in 4th grade, my family was poor.  My mom was on Maternity leave and the family’s sole income was from my step-dad.  He was a tree surgeon and work isn’t great in the winter time especially the messy Tennessee winters.  As a child, I didn’t realize just how poor we were.  I mean, I knew we didn’t have the things that other people had, but I was used to our standard of living.  I am sure that I had no idea about my family’s economic situation, but now I know and I know that it was way more screwed up than being out of work. 

 My mother, knowing that she was not going to be able to buy us much of anything for Christmas, gave our names to the Salvation Army for the Angel Tree.  The only toy I had asked for was a Transformer named Slingshot.  I wanted it so bad.

 On Christmas morning I woke up and under the tree was the only present I remember getting that year or for some of the years around it.  I had Slingshot.  I opened him, transformed him a few times, and then put him on my dresser.  I don’t think I ever played with him again.  I didn’t want him to get broken, and I didn’t want my then 6 year old brother getting a hold of it. 

 I believe my mom told me that it was an Angel Tree gift when I got it.  I don’t think I fully appreciated it at the time.  I recognized it as nice and was happy to get what I wanted.  As the years passed and I was faced with other small Christmases, I grew to realize just how nice the gesture was.  I have since bought items for Angel Trees, Toys for Tots, Book Trees, and for poorer children that I knew personally.  That one Christmas twenty-one years ago has inspired a need in me to want to help people at this time in year.  The person that picked my Angel gave the gift of compassion as well as a simple transformer.  It is something I will never forget and something that I will never be able to repay. 

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QotD: My Holiday Wishlist

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on December 11, 2007 by Budd Black

What's on your holiday wishlist?

There is an idea for every budget.  Feel free to buy things for me.

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Vox Hunt: I’m A Subscriber

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on December 7, 2007 by Budd Black

Show us a magazine to which you subscribe.

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Ninja day and book club

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on December 5, 2007 by Budd Black

Happy Ninja day everyone.  Book Club is tonight at the Panera Bread Co. in Hermitage, 7pm.  I think we will be discussion At All Costs, but I didn't read it.  I was busy and reading The Lost Boys by O.S. Card.  That book was really good. 




Lost Boys: A Novel
Orson Scott Card

Not the cover I had, but cooler.

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Best Day at Work, Ever, This Year

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on December 4, 2007 by Budd Black

Today the employees of my building were treated to free breakfast by the building management.  Breakfast doesn't sound like much but it is more than the State has ever done for us.  Every winter we get a nice breakfast of bacon, eggs, sausage, biscuits, gravy, hashbrowns, and fruit salad.  It isn't gourmet but it is very good and the fact that it is free is even better.  I appreciate that building management does this for the building. 

In the summer, they have an afternoon where they hand out purity ice cream products.  The two days a year that I make sure that I make it to work are free breakfast and free ice cream days. 

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