Wednesday, March 12, 2008

The Secret Life of Bees- Sue Monk Kid

I just finished reading The Secret Life of Bees. It was different from the books I have reading lately and I enjoyed it. It takes place in the 1960s and follows a girl, Lily, as she discovers her mother's past (who died when she was four years old). It is a classic coming of age story thrown in the time of the civil rights movement. She runs away with her self-imposed mother and goes to a town in South Carolina which she is certain her mother has been. She ends up leaving with three black sisters who are beekeepers.

Lily ends up learning about her mother and in turn coming to terms with who she is. A few things impressed me about this book. Lily ends up falling for a boy named Zach. Because they have different skin colors, they both realize they cannot be together. Lily finds herself wishing that they had different colors of skins. However, Zach says there is no use wishing for that. "You gotta imagine what's never been" is what Zach replies.

We learn early in the book that Lily's father, T.Ray, will not be winning father of the year. The way he treats her is loveless. I cannot imagine how anyone could treat his daughter the way T.Ray treats Lily. Hopefully nobody I know will become so bitter about their life that they treat the people who love them and depend on them with no respect of love.

I recommend this book to anybody who loves to read. It is also a movie starting Dakota Fanning and Queen Latifah that is coming out next year.

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Texting and Driving Vent

Hardly anything annoys me more than looking over while in the car and seeing someone looking down at their cell phone...while in the driver's seat. For some reason I feel very strongly about this issue. Please do not put my life and other's people life around you at risk by not paying attention to the road. It takes everything in me to not honk at someone or hold up a sing telling them to get off the road.

This story shows the dangers to driving while texting. My husband can tell you that now he is no longer allowed to even look at his phone while driving.

So please do not text while you drive, don't allow anyone you are in the car with text while driving. People should not have the power to take away life, and they are taking the lives of other people in their hands by texting.

The Beginning

There are a variety of things that interest me. The only thing that is off limits is my diary. One could expect to read about current events, international relations, scrapbooking, books, cooking, sewing, family, religion, history, movies, television. That is just for now, all the time I find things that someday I would love to try. I don't really intend to have a huge amount of people reading this. I am not a writer. I want to be better, hence the blog.

I am a student in my last full semester at BYU, so I might not post as much as I would like. Summer is almost here and then I will have time to devote to everything I want. Stay tuned and hopefully I will cover something that you want to read about.