Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Fierce People and a Book

Photo by Alin Boeana (Flickr, downloaded by The Dani people are a people from the central highlands of Western New Guinea, the Indonesian province of Papua.

I saw Fierce People with Diane Lane and Donald Sutherland on cable the other night. I caught the film at about the midway point. I just loved this film. The last two lines of the film were so good, in my humble opinion, I quickly wrote it down:

"We are the sum of all the people we have met. The tribe changes you and you change the tribe."

So true, so true. Especially true to those of my friends who have lived in foreign lands. Living in a different land than your own is usually a life changing experience.

I am not saying that you can't have a "tribe change" if the farthest move you make is to Bakersfield, I am just saying living in a different country than your own is always so enlightening and a great learning experience to say the least.

If you live and die in the city where you were born this quote can still apply. Every single day our interchanges with people change the way we look at life and the world. We have an impact on every person we have an interchange. Even a glance or a smile can change the day someone is having.

The tribe changes you and you change the tribe.

I hope you get my meaning and love the two lines as much as I did. I most certainly do not mean that if you visit a faraway land that you impose our customs and way of life. Only that our presence and how we interact changes us and those we encounter.
Guernsey's South Coast, Posted by There and Back (Flickr)

I just finished the book by Mary Ann Schaffer and Annie Barrows titled, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. I loved this book!!! It is fiction, but written in letter form. I swear I felt like these people were real while reading it.

It takes place in London and on the Channel Island off the UK called Guernsey. Guernsey was occupied by the Germans during the war. The letters date about a year after the war ends. I guarantee you will fall in love with all of the characters. Really.

I heard about it on NPR and then saw that it is #3 on the L.A. Times bestseller list. It made me miss the art of letter writing. A good book to read on a plane, the beach, the tub, anywhere.

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