Daily Archives: August 2, 2008

Update plus vent…

From CNN: There are more new cases of Americans infected with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, than previously believed, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Saturday.
SO how come my university, in small town Mid-West/South-West America, that HAD free HIV testing on campus when I was there 20 years ago AND encouraged testing over 20 years ago no longer offers the service? In fact, if you want anonymous testing in my town, you have to go to the Health Department. And my town has a HELLACIOUS teen pregnancy problem which means unprotected sex is taking place on a regular basis, and like I tell my students, in this day and age, a baby is the LEAST of your concerns if you’re having unprotected sex.

Vent over

Que the Rocky theme. That’s the sound I head as I finished my toe walk on crutches from my bedroom to the living room tonight after my PT exercises, which I did on my own for the first time sans brace. I had to take a pain pill afterwards, but I DID IT!!!! I’m semi-comatose now. I gotta get on this. In two weeks, I’ll be starting in-service. In three, I’ll be teaching. YIKES.

The Healer

The Healer

The Healer

Sharon Sala

All his life, Jonah Gray Wolf has had an uncanny connection to
animals and the power to heal the sick and wounded. Driven from the
only home he’s ever known by those who wish to harness his gift for
profit, he becomes a drifter, working in out-of-the-way towns, never
staying long. It’s a lonely life, but Jonah knows he’s still being
hunted—he can’t afford to get close to anyone who might learn his

In West Virginia he finds Luce, a tough but beautiful
loner who knows all about keeping people at a distance—a kindred soul
with whom he might dare to make a life. But the hunters have caught
Jonah’s scent again. Danger is coming to their mountain refuge—a
confrontation that will be decided only by a force of nature.

There are books that stand out in my mind as incomparable: Howard’s Mackenzie’s Mountain, Nora’s Born In trilogy, Crusie’s Fast Women, SEP’s Dream a Little Dream and Margot Early’s The Keeper and Under the Mistletoe. Sharon Sala has written one to be added to the list in The Healer. It might even go to the front of the list. It is that good. I just need time to process what I’ve read and a few months to see if it still has that power. But right now, in the fewminutes after I closed the book, I feel like I’ve been in the presence of a master story-teller whose books I’ve always loved but who far surpassed anything of hers I’ve read before and, honestly, anything of ANYONE’s. WOW!!!!!!!! You really HAVE to read this book. It’s magical.