march readings

March 31, 2007

The Good Earth – Pearl S. Buck

Nice, clean, crisp classic.  I had a Penquin copy that was published in 1961 and the retail value for this book was 50 cents if you can believe that. 

I am curious as to the location used in this story, it sounds like somewhere north of the Great Wall and Mongolia based on the fact the family travelled south and worked in the small city on the north side of the wall.  There was no mentioning of passing through the wall so I am wondering where along the Great Wall this took place.

My final recommendation : Five out of Five

A Man Named Dave Dave Pelzer

Riveting book, I don’t know which one is more tougher to read, April Fool’s Day or the Pelzer three book series, A Child Called It, The Lost Boy, and A Man Named Daved.  Both are true stories written in the first-person so it is written very well. Better than some of the cheap dime novel authors like Grisham for example.

My Final Recommendation – 4 out of 5 stars

Endurance : Shackelton’s Incredible Voyage – Alfred Lansing

This is a fun read, for those who like to read about insane survival in extreme weather conditions with far from modern-day equipments.

My Final Recommendation – 4 out of 5 stars

The Glass Castle

Very nice read written by the author of the story herself.  Quite entertaining despite the hardship the family endured. 

My final recommendation – 3 out of 5 stars

Ban Junk Mail, Free Oil!

March 20, 2007

Ban Junk Mail, Free Oil!

I just got yet another junk mail catalog, one of the countless million junk catalogs that is delivered to millions of households across the country and no doubtly around the world.

In 2000, 5,570,000 tons of junk mail made their way into the waste stream. The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that 32% of it is recycled. Almost half of all junk mail is never opened.  Click on link for further details.

With the recent approval to raise the U.S. postage stamp once again because it was becoming “cost-prohibitive” for the once grand U.S. Postal Service to deliver a letter at a mere 25 cent a little over a decade ago.

Gee no wonder!  Half of all the mail our postal carriers are sorting and lugging around with manpower and gasoline-powered vehicles are JUNK MAIL! 

Not only would banning JUNK MAIL free up a whole lot of mess including reducing the resources required to manufacture glossy catalogs of weird products or last season’s clearance. Such resources would include the TREE used to create the paper, the COAL used to create electricity for the publishers, the OIL used to deliver the JUNK MAIL to the postal centers and then out on thousand of mail carrier vans all over the country.

Think about it, if we banned junk mail, we would get FREE OIL!!!!  Isn’t that what we have been complaining about all this time, how much oil cost? 

Write to your congressman to put into legislation a ban on JUNK MAIL, tell your product companies to get you off the mailing list to save paper, and best of all, hug your mail carrier for doing an unglorified job.

Oh, another side benefit, less health insurance premium to pay because our nation’s finest mail carriers won’t have so much back problems to deal with in the long run. 

 Comment if you are for banning junk mail and FREE OIL!!

books in the year 2007

March 10, 2007

This will be my posting for books I have read this year.  In bold will be a description about why or when I am reading it such as in progress, completed, or I have the book but have not started it yet.  See my posting, books in my lifetime for a more comphrensive list. 

  1. The Patron Saint of Red Chevys – Kay Sloan  finished in february
  2. Lisey’s Story – Stephen King  finished in february
  3. The Richest Man in Babylon – George S Clason 2nd reading in progress
  4. The Good Earth – Pearl S. Buck finished in March 
  5. Franklin and Winston: An Intimate Portrait of an Epic Friendship – Jon Meacham  In Progress
  6. Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fate of Human Societies – Jared Diamond In Progress
  7. Endurancefinished in March
  8. The Glass Castle finished in March
  9. The Bonesetter’s Daugher – finished in April
  10. The Partner – finished in May
  11. A Time of War – finished in May