San Diego, CA -- Imperial Beach -- July 18, 2007

Reading Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, by J.K. Rowling. She'll be going to Ralph's grocery to get the latest one when it comes out.

...not the cake, the book. Her kids, who are ages 12, 17, 18, 20, and 26, read the Harry Potter
books, but don't like Harry himself much as a character, that, especially in the fifth book he's whiny. Her kids say she reminds them of Hermione, because she's scholastic (she home schooled all of them) and that her youngest daughter is like Luna Lovegood because she's spacey.

Topics she likes to read about: spiritual, fun stuff (like Harry Potter), and

Favorite spiritual books--The Road Less Traveled, by M. Scott Peck and Abandonment to Divine Providence, by
Jean-Pierre de Caussade, which was originally written in the 15th century and has been redone so it's easier to grasp. She read the revised version but did read parts of the original. Also, The Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous which reminds that as human beings we are naturally inclined to run from our feelings, but that's not what will help us most.

Other favorites--The Secret Lives of Bees, by Sue Monk Kidd. She loved the unexpected message about the maternal needs that people have. Also, Beyond Consequences, by Dr. Brian Post, which is about early life trauma; and A Wrinkle in Time, by
Madeleine L'Engle, which she'd read as a teenager and just reread now with her kids. Her kids were not too thrilled with it, though. And, in her adult reading she was surprised that it was Science Fiction. She hadn't thought she liked Science Fiction when she was young.

They were cleaning out her twenty-year-old son's room the other day to make room for some friends who are coming for the Comic-Con convention and he insisted that they save the Redwall series, by
Brian Jacques--he wants to pass it down to his kids. There are, she said, with a look of mild exasperation--about seventeen or eighteen books in the series.

Her whole family loves books. Her seventeen-year-old son has reading disabilities but avidly listens to audio versions of books.

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