Monthly Archives: July 2010

>Book Review – Wench

>What’s Playing on the iPod right now: “Fury” – Prince
What I am reading now: Just finished “Fly Away Home”

Okay, I finished “Wench” by Dolen Perkins-Valdez a few weeks ago.  Here is my review:

Wench is a novel set in pre Civil War Ohio which tells the story of four slave women (Lizzie, Reenie, Sweet and Mawu) who travel with their masters to the Tawawa House.   It is an open secret that the women come from different planations to “vacation” with their masters in the cottages behind the House.  The women seem to have accepted their fate, some even profess to love their masters, until a new woman Mawu, brings up the possibility of freedom.  The Tawawa House is situated in free terrritory.  But are the women emotionally and psychologically strong enough to leave everything (family and friends) behind for a chance at freedom?

Wench is a beautifully and realistically told story about an overlooked aspect of slavery,  the black mistresses that are forced into another level of bondage to their white masters.

I give this book 5 bookmarks out of 5.  Read this book.

Next up, I’ll compare this book to “The Help”.

>I Write Like

>What’s Playing on the iPod right now: “One More Night” – Phil Collins
What I am reading now:  “Fly Away Home” – Jennifer Weiner

Tried out this new program that analyzes your text and shows who you write like.  Don’t know who this is but it was fun to do.

I write like
William Gibson
I Write Like by Mémoires, Mac journal software. Analyze your writing!

>NBA Free Agency Thoughts

>What’s Playing on the iPod right now: “We Need a Resolution” – Aaliyah
What I am reading now: “Searching for Tina Turner” – Jacqueline E. Luckett

Of course, the NBA free agency frenzy has come to a startling conclusion with Lebron’s announcement that he is joining the Miami Heat.  Fans went crazy in both Miami and Cleveland with jersey burning and pronouncements of doom.  I believe Lebron can play wherever he wants, he is a free agent, but he could have handled the announcement with more class.  If he had heart, he would have spoken to the Cavs owner directly and tell him first before he told the world.  And Lebron had the nerve to look surprised at the negative feedback.

I always thought Lebron was an over hyped spoiled athlete that was given too much too soon.  The man hasn’t won anything in the pros (okay, two MVPs) and was crowned a “King”.    To go on national television and turn his back on his hometown team was just wrong.  Cavs owner, Dan Gilbert, took it a step further when he basically went all “Color Purple” on Bron-Bron and did the “’til you do right by me” curse. 

This all makes entertaining theatre but the games are won or lost on the court.  Will the Miami Heat be a threat to my Lakers?  Of the big three, we have a counter.  Artest can check Lebron, Kobe takes Wade, and Gasol will  handle Bosh.  Based on whoever the Heat can get to feel out the rest of their roster, I still like my Lakers to prevail in June.  I am looking forward to the upcoming NBA season!

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