But they also give us something we all can talk about when we don’t want to talk about ourselves.” Will Schwalbe: The End of Your Life Book Club I picked up this book when I was thinking of joining a book club in my neighborhood. I love books so much and was concerned that the… Continue reading “That’s one of the things books do. They help us talk.
Viktor Frankl: Man's Search for Meaning Reminds me of the Serenity Prayer: God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, Courage to change the things I can, And wisdom to know the difference. Reinhold Niebuhr Viktor Frankle spend 3 years in three concentration camps: Theresienstadt, Auschwitz, and Dachau. He survived because… Continue reading You cannot control what happens to you in life, but you can always control what you will feel and do about what happens to you.
-Washington Irving My son, Christopher, turns 24 this week. My earliest memory of our relationship was when we were getting ready to leave the hospital after his birth. I had this incredible feeling of intense anquish; at that moment, I knew that he would leave me someday. This little person whom I fell in love… Continue reading ” There is an endearing tenderness in the love of a mother to her son that transcends all other affections of the heart.”
J.K. Rowling: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (HP Book 2) Everyday we wake with a choice. We can choose to bring our best self to the day. We can welcome the opportunity to do one simple act that moves us toward a goal and helps us become a better version of ourselves. So… Continue reading “It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.”
John Steinbeck: Travels with Charley I recently reread this book and liked it much more than I can remember liking it as a High School summer reading requirement. Perhaps because there was no essay required when I finished? Travel exposes one to things unknown. And, for that reason, I don't think it is so bad… Continue reading “Again it might have been the American tendency in travel. One goes, not so much to see but to tell afterward. “