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Ticked Off by Tara Martin

Posted on Jan 15, 2010 in Blog |

This is an amazing article I just chanced upon last night. Read it . . . she tells her story (and part of mine!) quite well. http://www.philadelphiaweekly.com/news-and-opinion/cover-story/ticked_off-38468994.html?page=6&comments=1&showAll=&addFav=Y Share...

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17 Books

Posted on Jan 3, 2010 in Blog |

A year ago, a friend of mine had resolved to read 40 books in 2009. Michelle is, obviously, an avid reader. Impressed and amazed at Michelle’s vast consumption of words, I took on my own New Year’s Resolution. Twenty books was my target. I was well on my way until my Lyme diagnosis in September. For the last four months of 2009, I read more from my computer screen than from a book. I finished out the year with a score of 17 books. Not so bad. Very favorite book: God’s Joyful Surprise by Sue Monk Kidd – touched me at a visceral level and gave me joy. Most educational book: My Stroke of Insight by Jill Bolte Taylor – written from the viewpoint of a stroke survivor, it gave me insight (pardon the pun) into my mother’s world (she survived a major stroke in 1994). Most exhilarating book: Extreme Measures by Vince Flynn – I have read every single one of Flynn’s books and find each one just as exciting and addicting as the previous one! Says the Most in the Fewest Words – No More Words by Reeve Lindbergh – Lindbergh’s chronology of caring for her mother, Anne Morrow Lindbergh, brought sorrow and joy to me simultaneously. It was reassuring to see that most mother/daughter relationships have their respective challenges, intricacies and unending love. Reading Old Man and the Sea again was fun, but not as exciting as I wanted it to be. But I can never refuse Hemingway. Soul Repair by Jeff VanVonderen was almost too close for me at times. I think I might read it again in another year. Biggest disappointment: The Secret by Byrne. I ‘get it’ but I don’t agree that all we need is ‘the Secret.’ Life is just not that simple. I enjoyed reading The Fight for Fairfax by Russ Banham. I was growing up in Reston during the time frame that Banham describes. I actually know quite a few people in the book. I think every Fairfax county resident should read this book; it took a lot of work by these leaders and innovators to get Fairfax County to...

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