Thursday, December 20, 2007

Happy Holiday Giving and Enjoy Some Love!

Hi friends & family! Happy Holidays!

Join me by donating and spreading the word for supporting this incredible project through America's Giving Challenge. Any donation counts! $10, $25, $100 or more! The Challenge will give $50,000 to the 4 top projects with the most donations. I met Prudence, the director of Positive Women's Network (PWN) last summer and was greatly inspired by her work with PWN and its support to HIV-positive women in South Africa. I encourage you to read what the project is about at the blogger panel.

Thank you so much for your support and please pass the message along!

Also, please join our next book discussion for January 27, 2008 where we'll talk about "Love in the Time of Cholera" by Gabriel Garcia Marquez.

Happy New Year and start 2008 by giving!

Mr Maguire: We would like some answers please!

Last time we met was to discuss our fantastical book "Wicked, The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West" by Gregory Maguire. For those who don't like books where animals start talking, then this fantasy novel might not be for you. However, if you look closer the book highlights how a society usually runs bringing themes of government power, racism and mass manipulation. There were also a lot of random moments that occur in the book where many of us wondered, "where did that come from?" and "what will happen next with that story?" yet left us with no answers.

The author has written a sequel to this book, making us think we will find our answers to our questions. But we're not in such need to know them. However, I think for those of us who finished the book, if we came across the sequel, we probably wouldn't mind reading and finding out what did actually happen after the death of the witch.

Even though the message of the book is not clear, I think we all agreed that we did see another side to the Wicked Witch, where she does seem misunderstood.

In any case, we all definitely are looking forward to the day that Wicked the Broadway play comes back to San Francisco, as we will definitely be wanting to make a field trip for it!