Sunday, December 24, 2006

Holiday Reading: To Die in Chiapas

I love this book. Couldn't put it down. There's some breathless reading in To Die in Chiapas especially close to the end, and then I was sorry it was all over. Jack Davis has created wel rounded and believable characters, who move in a clearly painted landscape. Whether Davis takes you to New Orleans, Austin, TX or Chiapas, you're there with the characters. The author never comes in the way of the story. Local politics, international spies, a drug lord gone ape, relationships, love and friendship. It's all there. The thing I don't understand is why I haven't heard anything about this writer before. I sure hope to learn more about Sheriff Jason Lee Whitaker and his compadres in Jack Davis' next book.

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Support Farestart


EAT Lunch tel. 206-267-7601
FareStart Restaurant serves a diverse,
affordable lunch menu Monday through
Friday from 11 to 2.

EAT Dinner tel. 206-267-6210
Thursday is Guest Chef Night at FareStart.
Seattle’s premier chefs work with FareStart
students to prepare a three course gourmet
meal. Beer and wine are available.

EAT Catered tel. 206-267-7606
Catering with a Cause; party platters,
corporate functions, on or off-site events,
dinner parties.

MAKE a Donation tel. 206-443-1233
All your direct contributions and tips go
towards empowering our students to end
the cycle of homelessness.

HIRE a Graduate tel. 206-267-6221
FareStart has highly qualified employees
graduating each week seeking employment
in the food service industry.

Until the end of January 2007:
1902 Second Ave.
Seattle, WA 98101
Main: 206.443.1233
Fax: 206.441.7543

Starting in February of 2007 you'll find the new and larger FareStart Restaurant at Seventh & Virginia.

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

New Life for Piet Blom Cubic Houses

Photo Credit Wilma Kwan 2003

Always forward, never square? Dreamed of living in a tree, or sitting on a pole? The Cubes by architect Piet Blom (1934-1999) may be the answer to your family's travel needs. Starting in 2007 the famous Cubes, sometimes referred to as "Blaakse Bos" (Blaak Forest) for their proximity to train station Blaak, will be available for sleep-overs, offering 54 rooms with 257 beds. Have a lay-over at Schiphol airport with your posse? Consider the Cubes, the official name for the hostel has not been decided on, keep on checking back here at Hope Filled Jars.

For an excellent overview of Piet Blom's Cubic Houses (kubuswoning) by Wilma Kwan visit Galinsky, the site for people enjoying buildings worldwide