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mid-week round-up

Gosh. It feels like forever since I’ve posted a good ol’ mid-week round-up! What have you guys been up to? Last week I visited Savannah, GA. I mostly hung out with my adorable nephew and we also toured the Wormsloe Historic Site and attended the Savannah Jazz Festival. Hope you have a great Wednesday, and at long last I can offload some of these links I’ve been hoarding…

This is the kind of content I LIVE for.

I would love to eat at all 10 of these new restaurants.

An interesting read on American dental care and classism.

Loose leaf or NOTHING after reading this.

Meal prep for Fall.

This family married and divorced 23 times to scam the Chinese government.

Michelle Phan was YouTube’s biggest beauty star. Then she vanished. 

On being raised by Hells Angels.

After watching A Very Brady Renovation, I desperately need to read this book.

‘Hangry’ is the word (& feeling) we can’t get away from.

Why it matters that ‘Emily Doe’ in the Brock Turner case is Asian-American.

Vaccine hesitancy is one of the top threats to global health. Why did it become so trendy?

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Book Club: Last Night I Dreamed of Peace Pt. 3

If you enjoyed reading Last Night I Dreamed of Peace, or feel like you’re not done learning the lessons it initiated, here’s what I recommend…

Continue Reading:

Books –
The Sorrow of War
When Heaven and Earth Changed Places
Catfish and Mandala

Articles –
How the North Vietnamese remember the conflict 40 years after the fall of Saigon
Vietnam’s female spies who helped change the course of the war

Continue Watching:

YouTube Videos –
Viet Cong Tunnels and Traps
A Vietnamese Soldier’s Perspective
The Vietnam War’s Agent Orange Legacy

Documentary –
Chau, Beyond the Lines

Movie –
Dung Dot // Don’t Burn

Continue Listening:

Podcasts –
UnFictional – The Diary of Dang Thuy Tram
What is Agent Orange?

Continue Experiencing:

Field Trip –
Visit The Vietnam Center at Texas Tech University

Stay tuned for Part 4! And if you want exclusive book club content (incl. the full reading list and FREE printables) sent straight to your inbox — SIGN UP HERE

Book Club: Last Night I Dreamed of Peace Pt. 1

Hello, fellow bookworms! Today I’m unveiling Book #4 in the Finding Delight Book Club. My how time flies! If you’re new to this series, I’m reading 12 books and sharing about them with you here. I plan to post 4 times for each book. This month, Last Night I Dreamed of Peace: The Diary of Dang Thuy Tram translated by Andrew X. Pham.

For the full book list CLICK HERE. I’d love to have you along for the ride!

“Come to me, squeeze my hand, know my loneliness,
and give me the love,  the strength to prevail
on the perilous road before me.” 

Synopsis

Amidst the deadliest portion of the Vietnam War, a young woman, Dang Thuy Tram, leaves her family behind in Hanoi and sets off to work in a field hospital. As a recently trained doctor she is tasked with treating civilians and soldiers alike as fierce guerrilla battles occur day in and day out within the foliage nearby.

For comfort, she writes in her diary. She records her patient encounters, friends who have been killed in the fighting, her longing for a man she calls M., and her dreams.

These wartime recollections were rescued when, at war’s end, American soldiers were burning documents. A Vietnamese translator got hold of Thuy’s diary and proclaimed, “Don’t burn this one, it has fire in it already.” 

Breaking protocol, an American officer preserved the diary and kept it for 35 years, eventually delivering it into the hands of Thuy’s mother. It was later published in Vietnam and then translated into English by Andrew X. Pham.

Last Night I Dreamed of Peace is the parting gift from an unlikely heroine, killed at 27. Her voice lives on to help generations to come remember that compassion and dignity can persist in the face of the atrocities of war.

“Half of  our heart is filled with red blood, half with black. In our mind there is also a balance between the bright, intelligent and beautiful facets and the dark, negative, and cowardly parts. If I can grasp that in its entirety, then I can achieve tranquility and stability in this life.”

Initial thoughts 

First off, don’t skip the introduction! This bit of text penned by Frances Fitzgerald (author of Fire in the Lake) is excellent and offers insightful observations about the book’s meaning, history and origins. I don’t know a ton about the Vietnam War and the introduction helped to place Thuy’s writing into the larger narrative of world conflicts.

The fact that the book is a diary, the interior monologue of a young woman enduring the realities of war, is what drew me to it. (Anyone else read Anne Frank as a kid and become obsessed with the war diary genre?) And a new doctor, no less! Throughout the book she talks of caring for wounded Viet Cong soldiers below the 17th parallel that divided Vietnam into North and South. Her life is often in danger as the American “enemy” and guerrillas wage war mere paces from her makeshift field hospitals.

There’s also an element of romance to her life’s tale as she followed a man from back home into this service. She talks of “M.” frequently in the pages of the diary. Unfortunately, they have both become so committed to their duties that striking things back up seems nearly impossible. Thuy mourns the loss of what could have been.

Given her proximity to the violent, bloody, gory scenes of war, it’s interesting to note that descriptions of such things are limited. But of course, Thuy is a physician, not a soldier. This means grappling with the aftermath, putting the pieces back together that war tore apart.

In translation, her writing is extremely lyrical. Less an account of what’s happening and more poetic perceptions and ponderings — about the damages of war, firm communist beliefs, relationships with the people she meets in the clinic, and sometimes their deaths too. This style, along with the repetitiveness of Thuy’s thoughts, could definitely be off-putting to some. But at the end of the day, she’s a woman in her 20’s who can’t figure out which dude she’s in love with! She’s the epitome of “in her feelings.” Add war to that emotional hotbox and I think I can excuse the fact that she often wants to discuss pining for men rather than the AK-47 wounds she sewed up earlier that day.

Finally, reading Thuy’s wartime recollections as an American is a thought-provoking exercise in seeing the “enemy” as human. It’s easy to relate to a person when they lay their hopes and fears bare on a page. Reading that she dreamed of peace hopefully serves as a reminder, that death as a result of war is always a tragedy, regardless of sides.

Read this if you’re interested in: the Vietnam War, medical history, women physicians, wartime diaries

Read this if you loved: Home Front Girl by Joan Whelen Morrison, The Sorrow of War by Bao Ninh, and When Heaven and Earth Changed Places by Le Ly Hayslip

Other works mentioned: Fire in the Lake by Frances Fitzgerald

Keep a lookout for Part 2! It’ll be hitting this site next week.

And don’t forget — if you want the full reading list CLICK HERE. You’ll basically become a card-carrying member of the Finding Delight Book Club! ❤

mid-week round-up

Got any fun plans this week? We’ve been on a massive campaign to upgrade our overall sleeping situation, and our new mattress arrives tomorrow! It will hopefully prove life changing. Just a few more items to check off the list before we’re at sleep-baller status. ; ) Hope you have a great rest of your day, and here’s what I found interesting on the internet this week…

This 50-year old book club is #goals. (H/t Adam!)

A table runner perfect for the new season.

The must-read books of Spring 2019.

A website to help you stay away from sad dog plots.

We’ve learned nothing from Election 2016.

Itching to add this scrapbook paper to my collection.

[Related: My Pocket Letter Box]

Abigail Disney has more money than she’ll ever spend.

Obsessed with this house tour of a 1920s-era bungalow!

How Northern Ireland’s doctors and nurses coped with the Troubles.

Kamala Harris says a woman running mate would be “fabulous.”

[Related: Book Club: The Truths We Hold Pt. 1]

A button to let others know you’re grieving.

I’ve been in the mood to read a good thriller.

P.S. A few Finding Delight posts you may have missed — 4 Creepy Movies and Grief, Facebook and Ambient Awareness.

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mid-week round-up

Hello from Louisiana! Chet and I are spending the next few days in his hometown. We were happy to escape Miami for a few days (Spring Break is pretty lit for those traveling in but not so much for those who always reside there, if ya catch my drift!) Today, we’ve already eaten here and seen some art by an acclaimed animator. But I wanted to pop on and say “Hi!” and post a few links for your Wednesday. Hope y’all are having a great week, now get to clickin’…

The last conversation you’ll need to have about eating right.

This French Instagram profile is not what you think it is.

15 things every woman should own.

The tuberculosis hospital that treated America’s Vaudeville stars.

A whole lotta Whole 30 meal inspiration.

OOGA BOO

My cat needs this 2-story home.

These pineapple coconut muffins look delicious (and so tropical!).

70 movies you have to watch by the time you’re 30.

Who was she? A DNA test only opened new mysteries.

Back when Pizza Hut was an experience.

5 tips for a budget-friendly bathroom revamp.

P.S. A few Finding Delight posts you may have missed — 30 Boredom Buster When You’re Ballin’ on a Budget and Testing the Amazing, Multi-Purpose Powers of Witch Hazel.

mid-week round-up

What’s everyone up to this week? Have you clocked the Oscar Nominations yet? I always set out to watch as many of the films as I can before the awards show…but I’m not always that successful. Wouldn’t it be fun to start an Oscar Noms club where you meet up with a group of friends to watch and discuss (a la book club style)? Hmmm…the wheels are turning! Hope you have a great rest of your week, and here are some links to read and watch…

The things that come to those who wait.

TV’s $20 million woman reveals her behind-the-scenes fight for “what I deserve.”

It’s not you. Commuting is bad for your health.

Inside the home of Instant Pot, the kitchen gadget that spawned a religion.

Why do cartoon villains speak in foreign accents?

Bacon and the intellectual awakening of a Canadian nonagenarian.

My friend emailed me about this book today and it looks right up my street.

Sheet pan meals 15 ways.

A beautiful table runner to usher in spring weather.

Why did I not know this movie existed until this week?

A new clue to the mystery disease that once killed most of Mexico.

The sexual assault epidemic no one talks about.

P.S. A few Finding Delight posts you may have missed — Ditch the Bare Cupboards & Empty Refrigerator and A Book Coach Shares Her Hustle. 

mid-week round-up

What are you up to today? I’m looking forward to the leftover broccoli soup we have stowed away in the fridge, and taking FULL advantage of the fact that every season of E.R. is on Hulu. (Chet’s never seen it!) Oh those lazy, winter weeknights in. Have a great day, and here are some links I think you might enjoy…

Sharon Stone laughed for literally 10 seconds after being asked if she’s ever dealt with sexual harassment.

Thousands once spoke his language in the Amazon. Now he’s the only one.

What would you do if you thought you had 15 minutes to live?

The best apps to fuel your blogging business.

Weirdly want to buy a pair of pajama jeans. Has anyone ever tried them?

52 places to go in 2018.

The story behind Little Golden Books.

These would be nice to keep tucked under your kitchen sink.

How Old West theme parks lie about America’s pioneer past.

This productivity notepad set is super adorbz!

The lives nurses lived outside of hospitals during WWI.

The island where Washington State sends its sex offenders.

mid-week round-up

tobacco barn

What’s new in your world? Inspired by our recent foray into “local park as personal backyard,” we nabbed a sun-shield from Amazon. Hoping to use it this weekend to extend our visits to the beach or park without baking in the sun (or getting in low-key fights with strangers over the public umbrellas, lol). Thanks for stopping by today! While you’re here, check out a few links…

Louisiana’s quiet crisis.

The price of Zika? About $4 million per child.

How a Kenyan javelin thrower mastered his sport by watching YouTube videos.

Dancing to raise awareness about climate change.

Breaking period taboos.

This Miami startup makes amazing superfood bars!

The coolest sport in Brazil takes place outside the Olympic bubble–Footvolley.

How a dead millionaire convinced dozens of women to have as many babies as possible.

A North Carolina woman is the daughter of a Civil War veteran, and still collects his benefits.

Olympic medical history: It’s not all about doping.

12 20-somethings on how they saved their emergency fund.

Netflix’s chief executive isn’t worried about losing out to rivals.

P.S. Clearly my Olympics obsession continues…

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mid-week round-up

blue flower

What’s everyone up to this week? My sister and her friend came for a visit over the weekend, and we had a great time exploring the huge park in my neighborhood and eating the yummiest Cuban food. On Sunday we went to The Deering Estate where Katie participated in a table reading of a brand new script written by an up and coming playwright. It was so good! Wishing you all a beautiful spring day, and now on to the links…

Top chef turned cafeteria lady.

Never underestimate the power of a woman — or 100.

Real female actors reading real casting calls.

Picasso’s multi-billion dollar empire.

What happens when you dress like Lorelai Gilmore for a week?

A St. Patrick’s Day feast you can fix up in a single skillet.

How Braille won the war of the dots.

Mail used to come with a side of MEOW.

Was Chipotle the victim of corporate sabotage? (Someone should make a documentary!)

Speaking of cool posters, you can now download 2,000 turn-of-the-century posters courtesy of the New York Public Library!

To men I love, about men who scare me.

I’m feeling a pair of these for spring! What do you think?

P.S. ICYMI – Thoughts on tackling unfinished projects and a Cincinnati chili recipe!