Special Sauce

A mish-mash of twisted thoughts from a fevered ego. Updated when the spirit moves me, contents vary and may have settled during shipping. Do not open towards eyes. Caution: Ingestion of Special Sauce may cause hair loss, halitosis, and a burning sensation while urinating.

5.28.2005

Who rocks my world?

Memphis Word Nerd, 'dat's who.

I got home from the Codger Corral Family Whing-Ding just as the rain started to come down- making everything smell Soooo good. I met the mail carrier at the box, and found a big padded mailer from none other than MWN! Inside was what will surely be an excellent book, and the coolest tea towels ever. (Check your mail, MWN for a proper thank you!) I plan on finishing Clematis II, and kickin' back on the sun porch, listening to the rain, reading my book, and threatening to kick anyone who looks askance at my towels.

WOO!

8 Comments:

Blogger Special Sauce said...

Furthermore, I started the book, and wow- it's going to be very emotionally engaging, but I really like what I've read so far.

I like the fact that it's factual and compelling. It does a damned good job at drawing you in, and it does it all without being whiny or maudlin (unlike someone I used to work for).

4:52 PM  
Blogger Ghost of Goldwater said...

What book is this? The yellow pages?

6:44 PM  
Blogger Memphis Word Nerd said...

I can't believe that it's already there! I just put it in the mail 2 days ago and I mailed it from my office, which is in a crappy little town (unlike the booming metropolis of Memphis...hee!)

The tea towels absolutely cracked me up. I got them about a month ago at Kohl's. Needless to say, I thought of you as soon as I read them. You are rather saucy, after all. Consider it a thank you for all of the good recipes that you post.

Anyway, I'm glad you like the book so far. It has definitely impacted the way that I look at things.

GoG, the book is called The Broken Cord. It is a multidisciplinary look at fetal alcohol syndrome and the alcoholism pandemic, particularly in the Native American culture. As a child therapist, I work with a lot of kids with FAS. This book gave me more tools for working with them than anything that I studied in grad school. It taught me a lot about FAS from numerous perspectives: biological, developmental, psychological, sociological, historical, causative, political, legal, ethical, etc.

The author has adopted three children with FAS. The oldest, Michael, is a key figure in this book. He weaves Michael's story throughout the larger-scale parts to make it more "real". I think that the writer uses a very deft touch to treat such a sensitive topic; I admire the scope of his knowledge as well as his compassion and honesty.

Sauce, tell me when you've finished the book and I'll tell you the "epilogue." I met someone who knows the author; he told me what's happened with Michael and the author since the book was published. It's definitely food for thought.

11:01 PM  
Blogger parcequilfaut said...

ET, you totally have your package karma back. (The cats didn't get much catnip...it went bad before I could dry it...frown) and that's great.

I'm looking forward to starting Sickened, a memoir about a childhood with a Munchausens-by-proxy parent. The FAS book sounds fascinating too.

Dad came and visited at my blog, Sauce, go see...

12:06 AM  
Blogger Ghost of Goldwater said...

Thanks guys... ya'll make me feel so normal... and that's a rather unnormal feeling for me *nods*

4:54 AM  
Blogger Special Sauce said...

ET, if you're interested, I can dry some and send it down, happy blissed-out cats are a good, good thing.

Dad? Really? SWEET! I'll check it out.

Also- Let me know how Sickened is- I saw an excerpt and thought it was really interesting.

Goldie, fear not, you're still abnormal to me. :)

10:57 AM  
Blogger Memphis Word Nerd said...

Who wrote Sickened? I would love to read it...it sounds great. I'll go check on Amazon.

Munchausen's by proxy is really rare but lately I've seen two families with it. Very creepy.

1:45 PM  
Blogger Special Sauce said...

MWN- it was Julie Gregory. Her mom was the perpetrator. I forget where I saw the excerpt- It's been a while.

(On a completely unrelated note, have you read "Stiff"? It's about what happens to donated bodies.)

And again, wow- The Broken Cord is exceptionally well written. I will let you know as soon as I'm finished reading it, so you can let me know what happened next.

1:53 PM  

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