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Whatnot – 01/12/22

ColombiaHello! This is my first Whatnot post of the year. I just couldn’t get my act together to do one last week. I tried to enjoy my last week of vacation and in doing so became a slug. It felt good. 

Hey, why do I have an image of Colombia in this post? It occurred to me that I never told you about the child we sponsor through Compassion International. A few years ago my church placed photo cards all around the church of children who needed a sponsor. In the back of my mind I always wondered about it but never actually signed up to do it. Well, three years ago we did and it’s been a rewarding experience. I didn’t realize just how much until we received a Christmas letter from her and this time she actually wrote it herself. Since she was pretty young, she would say what she wanted to say to a translator and then they would translate it to be sent. This time, she actually wrote it in her native language and she did such a good job! She is turning 9 this February. It’s been interesting to read how her country is handling the virus. Very different from here. If any of you have questions about sponsoring, ask away.

In other news, this is my daughter’s last week home. She leaves this Sunday bright and early. It has been a good visit. We plan to take her out to dinner Saturday night, her choice. She has been busy auditioning for summer shows. The other day she had her backdrop up and it was blocking The Otter Pup’s sunny spot so I heard this ruckus and then when I went up the pup had knocked it down and broken some blinds in the process. She doesn’t mess around when it comes to her sun bathing.

My reading is going well but the one book I am reading now is very enjoyable so I keep rationing it out so I can read it each night. I did manage to review a book on Monday though.

After another blogger mentioned reading the Bible in a year, I decided to read it again. I did it a couple of years ago but this time I have more insight and frankly, more motivation to do it again. So I pulled out all my fancy pens and started on 1/1.

I hope you have a good week. The numbers here in LA County are pretty steady at 45K+ positives DAILY. They say that one in four people test positive. I am double-masking and mostly home but do have to venture out now and then. Stay safe!

Review: Migrations


By Charlotte McConaghy
Flatiron Books, 9781250204035, July 2021, 288pp.

The Short of It:

A thoughtful look at the impact of climate change.

The Rest of It:

This is my first review of the year, but it’s not the first book I picked up. This review just seemed easier to write at the moment so here goes.

This was an interesting story and a good one for my book club to discuss. Franny Stone is convinced that the Arctic terns will be migrating one last time. That the birds will be extinct as their food source has been somewhat depleted by fishing and global warming. The interesting thing about Franny is that she is not a scientist. She is married to a professor who studies such things and has become consumed with their survival.

Franny is a broken woman and through the back and forth timeline, it’s clear that Franny is running from something just as much as she is running towards something. There’s a little bit of a dark past trying to catch up to her, and yet she is quite likable and perhaps, the demons she faces is what makes her relatable. Franny finds herself a place on a fishing excursion, convincing the crew and captain that she can help them find the fish based on where the terns have headed.

This crew, although doubtful that Franny can lead them to the fish, gives her a chance to prove herself. Perhaps sensing the desperation in her plea. While traveling, Franny’s husband is back home. Not an unusual occurrence because although Franny has no problem loving or caring for people, she does have a problem with staying where she is.

This was a good story. A little sad when everything is revealed but also quite beautifully told. Powerful. It’s about love and loss and trying to find the people you are meant to have. And it did make me think a lot about how climate change impacts how we eat, live and make our decisions.

Have you read it? I recommend it.

Source: Borrowed
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