Wednesday, October 30, 2013

I'll be posting a new peace globe soon

You can, too!

Founder Mimi Lenox describes the BlogBlast for Peace as, "an annual online event that has spread to 185 countries across the globe for the cause of peace."

Mimi believes that it isn't enough for us to "unmake war, we have to remake peace." We bloggers are working toward this worthy goal by creating peace globes and posting them on our sites on November 4, 2013.

To learn more, and maybe participate yourself, click here.  And be sure to google Dona Nobis Pacem on November 4 so you can check out all the inspiring and imaginative globes ... from all over the globe.

Here's my 2011 peace globe. I've done others, but this one is my favorite. Come back on 11/4 to see my next effort ...


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To play along, just answer the following three questions ...

• What are you currently reading? The Presidents Club by Nancy Gibbs and Michael Duffy follows the interpersonal relationship between each of our modern Presidents and his predecessors. As I read about the fondness George HW Bush and Bill Clinton share, I wonder how current Washington got so ridiculously fractious.

The linked-to NY Times review says this reads like "the longest Time Magazine cover story ever written," and I suppose that's true. Gibbs and Duffy are Time reporters, not historians, and it shows in their writing. But that's no necessarily bad. Each chapter is neatly self contained, so I can pick it up, read awhile, put it down and then pick it up again without that disorienting moment of, "What was happening?"

• What did you recently finish reading? W Is for Wasted by Sue Grafton. As the series moves to the last letter, our girl Kinsey is growing up. Now 38, she's more concerned than ever with adult issues like family, commitment and finance. Naturally, there's a compelling mystery, too. Santa Theresa finds itself home to two dead bodies. There's a connection between the two dead men, and Kinsey finds it. As always, Grafton shows great respect for her craft, her creation and her audience. The book stands on its own, so no, you don't need to have read every "letter" since A Is for Alibi to enjoy it.

• What do you think you’ll read next? I don't know. Next on the TBR pile is Five Days at Memorial about the Memorial Medical Center in New Orleans and how they coped during the crisis of Katrina. But it sounds too intense and too sad for my current state of mind. So maybe Johnny Carson by Henry Bushkin.

To see how others responded, click here.

My geek crushes

I admit that none of these gentleman will make People Magazine's Sexiest Man Alive cover, but that's People's loss.

I've listed them in alphabetical order, because the one I love most at any given moment is determined solely by which I've seen most recently.

Douglas Brinkley. Author, professor of history at Rice University and a fellow at the James Baker Institute for Public Policy.

Jay Carney. White House press secretary, former Washington Bureau Chief for Time.

Harold Ford, Jr. Former TN congressman, current NBC news analyst.

George Stephanopolous. ABC host and analyst, member of the Council on Foreign Relations, former White House communications director.