Summer is a time when we enjoy kicking back, doing the things we’ve been putting off. We thoroughly enjoyed a neighbourhood potluck in the park yesterday evening. It’s a two minute walk from our house & overlooks the ocean & the beach where we swim in the summertime.
Word of mouth is quite amazing here in Gibsons on the Sunshine Coast of BC, & just two emails brought about about 40 people! There was even entertainment; our nextdoor neighbours, ages 11 & 15, on keyboard & fiddle, along with two younger girls also playing fiddles. They’ve been playing at the new Gibsons Public Market & are very good.
Our *** Tibetan sponsorship family *** has moved into their own home & are now learning the bus routes & so on. So the bulk of our work is done, now we just need to help them with the final parts of learning to live in Canada.
I’ve been relaxing on our deck when time & weather permits, reading a lot, even for me. Here’s what I’ve been looking at:
The Circle by Dave Eggers: Found this long novel quite compelling & read it in 3 days. It takes social networking & the gathering of personal information to the nth degree. Scary but fascinating!
Sing You Home by Jody Picoult: Her writing, on a vast variety of subjects is always captivating, & her plots excellent. Not for the faint of heart though or if you’re looking for upbeat.
Big Jack (Sequel to Hot Rocks) by J D Robb: Found these in a used book store, then ordered them from a library in the town north of ours. Not one of her best, but still fun (maybe I’ve been reading too many of hers lately). Eve Dallas & Roarke are pretty cool to ‘watch’ always.
Nine Parts Desire by Geraldine Brooks: This one just showed up in my house, no idea how it got there. A true tale about Muslim women in many countries, through the eyes of a journalist who has travelled there. Much of it is anecdotes about real Muslim women she met.
Canada’s Tibetan Resettlement Project is halfway through (2-1/2 years), & only 200+ of the 1000 exiled Tibetans who won the lottery have arrived from remote northeast India. We need more sponsors, housing & donations.