December 3rd, 2004


Books That Make Me Cry

I am so sleepy. I stayed up far too late last night trying to finish Corelli's Mandolin. I still have fifty pages to go and I was up until 2:30AM. I laughed and cried out loud several times while reading it. Good book! I cried the hardest when Mandras goes swimming again with the dolphins. It was so wrenching. I am sure I will cry again before the last fifty pages are done. I can't wait to go home and finish it.

The first time that I read Gone With The Wind, I stayed up very late one night trying to make it to the end. I'd seen the movie so it wasn't as if there were any surprises but when I got to the part when Melanie died, I just sobbed. My mom woke up and rushed and gave me hug before going back to bed.

The 5 Books That Made Me Cry The Most
Gone With The Wind
Galileo's Daughter
To Kill A Mockingbird
The Amber Spyglass
The Color Purple
romance, flower

The South Shall Despise Again

New Orleans is known as "The City That Care Forgot." Well, I dub the South "The Region That Kindness Forgot." But we sure haven't forgotten how to wield intolerance like a baseball bat in the hands of a drunken wife beater here in the Deep South. First burying books with gay subject matter in Alabama and now this disgraceful episode in Lafayette, LA.

"...a child was sent to the principal and had to sign a sad "Student Behavior Contract." His sin? Explaining to another student who asked why he didn't have a father that his mother was gay. The kid is 7. On the contract, he explains what his duty now is: "What I did: 'I sed bad wurds.' What I should have done: 'Cep my mouth shut.'" His punishment has been upheld, the school supported."

The story gets better from there. Now this so-called educator who sent the little guy to the principal's office in the first place is suing the child's mother for defamation. She says the boy was corrected for causing a disturbance in class but the Student Behavior Contract upholds the version of the story that he was punished for using the word "gay".

See the actual Student Behavior Contract here...

Andrew Sullivan and Atrios have posted information about this.

x-posted to red_state_blues