Sunday, January 25, 2009

Read, Red, Read...

...gotta love the English language and all its homonyms and homographs and homophones.
Lots going on today.
First of all, newness! :-)

The red color reflects the extremely passionate mood I've been for the past week.
Next, a meme.
Once upon a time--turns out that it was exactly 2 months ago--I was tagged by T. Allen-Mercado of Tea and Honey Bread to participate in a book meme where I'd list some of my favorite reads. It sometimes takes me a while to complete memes that I've been tagged for, but I never forget. So here we go...

List the following:

(a) Fiction book
(b) Autobiography
(c) Non-fiction book
(d) A fourth book of your choice from any genre
Explain why the books are essential reads in no more than 30 words per book.
(We'll see about that 30 words stipulation... :-)

I've got several favorites, but these are books or authors that I've read numerous times and have yet to tire of.

Fiction: Any book ever written by J.California Cooper--Seriously. Cooper's way of telling stories and relating the innermost thoughts and feelings of her characters draws me in every time. Plus, I'm sure I've encountered most of these characters at least once in my short life.

Autobiography: Black Boy by Richard Wright--Humorous, raw, and poignant. Wright's books are some of my favorite, and this autobiography tops the list. Much has been said about him both positively and negatively. I love the man!

(Runner-up: Angela's Ashes by Frank McCourt. Considered a memoir)

Non-Fiction: Living by The Word by Alice Walker--Inspirational and thought-provoking, this collection of essays and personal journal entries explores a range of topics and situations. It appeals to the part of me that appreciates the human capacity for individual thought.

My Choice: Basic Herbs for Health and Healing by Rashan Abdul Hakim--One of my favorites for natural healing methods relevant to a range of bodily ailments. On the accompanying DVD the author takes the viewer on a nature walk through Jamaica where he points out various herbs and their uses.

New category added by me...What I'm currently reading:

Medical Apartheid by Harriet A. Washington (ongoing)
Food and Society by Magnus Pyke
Linden Hills by Gloria Naylor
The Last of the Tasmanians by James Bonwick (been reading this for months)
Lastly, towards the aim the of getting back on board with T. Allen-Mercado's Shutter Click and Chat Sundays, I dug through my photos in order to find one or two appropriate for today's theme:

Favorite Photo Outtakes

Taken on the streets of New Orleans around 2000-2002 when I was down there with friends for the annual football showdown known as Bayou Classic, these two shots reflect our yearly ritual of meeting and talking to random people then taken pictures with them. Sometimes we initiated the photo and at other times they requested it. In the first shot, I'm not sure what the guy had said to me right at the moment the picture was being taken, but apparently it was something I didn't approve of. The result: him smiling widely like it's all good, and me giving him the eyes like, "Fool..are you crazy??" The second one is pretty straightfoward, but it stands out in my mind because of the stir his colorful attire and gold teeth caused among a couple of the girls I was with. They were trying to determine if he was in a gang or what...

cause y'all know colors, bandannas, and gold teeth are automatically synonymous with gang activity, right??

It really didn't matter to me. I just recall that he was really personable and respectful when he approached me and funny when we started talking. And we're all hugged up in the shot like we'd known each other for years. When I look over all the pics taken out there from 1998-2002, though, I found that to be quite common. What can I say...I'm a hugger. :-)

Have a beautiful week!



T.Allen-Mercado said...

So much here! I just left your Flickr! and I LOVE the color scheme in this dress. It's happy and sassy and funky.

Thanks for participating in the meme-I see you too read more than one book at a time...I thought I was "off". Sometimes a deep book needs to be offset by a light one and vice versa.

The outtakes are TOO funny, I can so relate to your face in the first pic and that one moment when the wrong words are spoken! Fun times.

High Desert Diva said...

Love the dress. Love, love.

Glad you finally did the book meme. Always interesting to find out what other people are reading.

Love the outtakes! The first one is classic!

kim* said...

cute! love all the fun all about your fave info

A Cuban In London said...

Richard Wright is one of my favourite writers. And I love that dress! It's informal and yet chic. Beautiful, I also love the sleeves design.

Greetings from London.

Debra said...

I love reading your post!! And by the way.....that dress is beautiful. I think you could wear any color and it would look great on you!

Ms. Bar B: said...

Love your book choices. I need to get my hands on that Basic Herbs book... I need some natural healers in my mist.

Love the pictures too. Would have never known that you didn't know dude in the second picture... the beauty of an free spirit =). LOL @ the girls wondering if he was in a gang.

::shakes head::

Piggy said...

Love the dress! :D Beautiful & sassy :) Love the V neckline..

J. Leigh Designz said...

I love that dress!!!! BTW you don't get any emails or notifications as to being a "follower" :) Great blog!

Renée aka Mekhismom said...

I really love the first shot. Hilarious. I have read many but not all of the books on your list- you've given me new books for my reading list. And you've reminded me that I need to do this meme too.

Great dress, I really love the fiery red color!


...funny, your pictures remind me of a cruise that I went on where I took photos with what seemed like every guy on the boat...I didn't realize how many photos I was in until I went to pick-up my photos on the ship and there I was cheezein' all over the wall in everyone's was my first cruise and I was so

Jewelry Rockstar said...

Straight hair. You look cute both ways. Two month old meme, hmm, hmm, hmm, chile what's going on...LOL

Oh love that red dressy dress.

PamperingBeki said...

Gracious, that dress is fab!!! LOVE it!

fly tie said...

@ soul pretty--yep! that's exactly how we did every year we went down there. i've got so many pics with so many guys.

fun times indeed.

jewelry rockstar--*hanging head in shame* ha ha! i know it makes no sense to be 2 months behind on a meme!