UU's - what are you reading now? August 2007
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How about you? What are you UU's reading this August?
What are you reading
The Wild Turkey: Biology and Management and Illumination in the Flatwoods: A season with the wild Turkey by Joe Hutto Wild turkeys have showed up in our yard and so naturally I had to learn all about them!
Also The earth knows my name: Food, culture and sustainability in the Gardens of Ethnic Americans by Patricia Klindienst.
A Philosophy of Gardens by David E. Cooper
Reread Peter Mayles A Good Year this weekend during a bout of insomnia.
and but not least Knitting Rules by the "Yarn Harlot' Stephanie Pearl-McPhee
I just went to a UU church for the first time on Sunday, and picked up a copy of a Chosen Faith: an Introduction to Unitarian Universalism, as I'm new to the faith. I'm already most of the way through it. I'll probably buy the pocket guide on Sunday and read it over the next week.
I'm also reading the Forever War. Imagine crossing the book Starship Troopers with the Vietnam war, throw in some relativity theory for spice, and you've got the basic idea. Great book, definitely deserves the Hugo and Nebula awards it won for best novel when it came out.
Under the Banner of Heaven is also on my actively reading pile. While a deeply disturbing book, its also an intriguing look into the dangers of fundamentalism.
When Things Fall Apart, and the Dangerous Book for Boys are currently sitting on my bedside table, and I read a section from one each night. Weird combo I know, but they kind of complement each other. If I need a break from Tibetan Buddhism, I can pick up the DBfB and read the rules for stickball, directions to build a treehouse, and all sorts of other stuff.
I'm also reading a History of God by Karen Armstrong which is proving an interesting read, although a bit of it is review from a class I took on the Jewish Scriptures last year.
I'm still in the middle of the Forever War and I'm starting to see more and more commentary on war in general than specifically Vietnam, although there may very well be stuff specific to that war than I'm not picking up on, knowing little about that period.
Finished When Things Fall Apart midweek last week, and highly recommend it. Its one of the better books on Buddhism I've read.
Now reading Steve Erickson's Zeroville. Strange and wondrous.
I'm also reading Rational Mysticism which, while interesting, I'm finding I have quite a few disagreements with.
In fact, perhaps I should start a different thread about other people's experiences with acceptance or non-acceptance of Humanists (or, er (get out the tomatoes) "Atheists" in your various UU congregations.
I've been a UU since about 1970 and I'm really struggling the last couple of years to stay in my beloved congregation as they drift to an almost universal acceptance of theism (of any sort ... hey! everybody believes in some sort of god, don't they? (A: nope!)) and worshipping "the great mystery" and such.
To me, great mysteries are only a measure of our own ignorance ... let's get out there and try to find some answers instead of just accepting our non-knowledge as yet another god.
Ooops! I said I was going to read another thread.
Anyhow, I'd be interested in your thoughts about Dawkin's book (if you've read it).
"In the end, only kindness matters."
Currently engrossed in Howard Zinn's A People's History of America. Should be required reading for all Americans.
"In the end, only kindness matters."