instructions mar 2009


         Three cups of Tea: One Man’s Mission to Promote Peace…One School at a Time is written by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin.

    I saw Greg Mortenson speak at a local high school via TV, and was so inspired I went to the library and got the book.  It’s a well- written story about Greg’s experience and mission to build schools in Pakistan.

    Originally a mountain climber, in the early 90’s, Greg was on an expedition to climb K-2 over 12,826 feet high in Pakistan.  When a fellow climber’s life was in jeopardy, the climbing group aborted the climb to escort him to safety. 

On the trip down, Greg became disoriented and wandered into a small village where he was nursed back to health by a family there.  While he was recuperating, he noticed that the children were attending school out of doors, and the only tools for writing were sticks used in the dirt.  He promised to come back and build them a school.  This begins his story. 

            I learned much about the Pakistani culture and about the Moslem traditions. I found it very inspiring. 


 Palma  (Feb. ’09) adds, “This is a great book!”




            Last year I began reading books by Danielle Steel.  As a rule, I don’t like American authors, but I do like to check out books that are written about sisters.  Ms. Steel has such

a book, Sisters, and I really liked it.  I also read one called, Five Days in Paris.

            When I read Five Days, I developed a desire to go to France — at least to Paris. My sister lived in France for a year and hated it, but I think I might enjoy France because I would only be visiting.

 I still like my English (and Irish) authors best, but Ms. Steel’s books are peaceful. So far, Ms. Steel has written ninety-seven books!  This winter, I have been reading a new book every three to four days.

Danielle Steel has enough titles to get me though until I can get out and work in the yard again!


            Patricia  (Feb. ’09) adds, “I first started checking out Danielle Steel because she is the exact age as my sister. In fact in her book jacket photo, she even looks a little like my sister!  They both have the really long hair — the difference is, my sister is blond.” 





            Frances lists a couple of reads of the last few months: Ordinary Victories, What Is Precious  by Manu Larcenet is a graphic (illustrated) novel. It is the concluding volume of three. I did not see the first two, but found this last book interesting and thoughtful. If you enjoyed comics as a kid, you might enjoy a graphic novel.

             The First Born Advantage by Dr. Kevin Leman is a new book by a favorite author. As a first born and only child, I found it interesting that a second or third child could still have the “first born advantage.” The characteristics also apply if you are the first son born after daughters, or the first daughter born after sons.

In families of six or seven children, you might even have first-born traits if you are oldest of several younger children. 

In terms of understanding one’s self the book’s worth turning its pages.


            Editor, Frances adds, “Our site was down a couple of weeks in February, but it is back up again. Do take a look the volumes I wrote about in, I LOVE BOOKS. Our web address is:

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