Friday, 23 June 2017

Kiwi Gardens adventure!

After this, we came home for lunch, and then went back outdoors!

Thursday, 22 June 2017

Book Review: The Last Train: A Tokyo Mystery

I found it an excellent story line. It's pretty coarse, and it takes you to the bottom of the darkest nights, but if you want to read a good mystery then pick it up!

I find that some male mystery writers are a bit too dark and vulgar for me, but since we know who the murderer is, the big mystery is to figure out if and when they capture her.

I've never been to Tokyo, and it takes the reader on a dark, dark ride into the culture of business in that country.

Like Pronko's book, the trailer really captures the energy and thrilling dichotomies of this enigmatic metropolis. Here also is an interview with Mr. Pronko, a PhD professor and American expatriate who has lived in Tokyo for 20 years. 
The Last Train: A Tokyo Mystery [Raked Gravel Press, May 31, 2017] by Michael Pronko is the first book in the exciting new Detective Hiroshi Pronko series, whose writing has been lauded by Kirkus Reviews as, “an elegantly written, precisely observed portrait of a Japanese city and its culture.”

The vimeo trailer is excellent! If you'd simply like to see some of Toyko, give it a watch.  The Last Train - A Tokyo Mystery from Michael Pronko on Vimeo.

Book Review: The Atheist and the Parrotfish

I really liked this novel. I try not to read about the book or the author before I review it. I didn't realize until I finished that the medical details were so precise that it was far more than research. The author is a physician, a kidney specialist. It was well-written, very legible (get it!) and intriguing. There are several themes, family issues, LGBTQ issues, all written in an excellent style.

The reader can tell that the author has both passion for his work, as well as passion for a good story.

The Atheist and the Parrotfish
By Dr. Richard Barager
Sometimes God can be found in the most unlikely of places…

“I am a champion of the healing power of literature and sometimes even prescribe novels or short stories to patients to help them cope with illness,” Dr. Barager says. “Fiction explores meaning in a way science cannot. Sometimes only fiction tells the truth.”

About the Author:
Richard Barager, MD, FACP, is a nephrologist, treating dialysis patients and kidney transplant recipients in Southern California. In the evening, he writes fiction, believing the two finest callings in life are doctor and writer, one ministering to the human condition, the other illuminating it, each capable of transforming it. 
Dr. Barager received his BA and MD from the University of Minnesota, and did his postgraduate training at Emory University in Atlanta and the University of California in San Diego. 
Dr. Barager resides in Orange County, California. 

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Missing Murdered Indigenous Women: displays

Indigenous Studies in Ontario High Schools
In the spirit of Reconciliation, on National Aboriginal Day, I think it important to understand the people on whose land we live, work and play. Our area lies within unceded Algonquin Territory. I have made it a point to read all I can, listen, and watch,  to understand the stories of First Nations.

We visited this display as part of a Pow Wow.

Part of this includes listening to the histories of Missing Murdered Indigenous Women. At the Pow Wow June 10/11th, there was a somber display about the MMIW, with photos, and stories.

Part of the horror, is the blankets that the government gave to First Nations, infected by Small Pox to reduce the population of Native Peoples.
HBC blanket
Respect for the earth is one of the lessons of First Nations.  Respect for the land. Respect for other nations. I tell the story my gramma told, about getting lost in the forest on their farm in Quebec, when natives would rescue her. My family tree - life in the bush.


Pow Wow