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Many, many people said I should read this book. They’ve been telling me this for years, and now I know why. I suspected that I would feel sad when I reached the end of this book, which is why I put it off for so long.

I’ve learned, though that it really isn’t the case at all. Let me tell you why.

Morrie Schwarz, a Brandeis University sociology professor has an extraordinary personality, and a debilitating, life ending, disease. Mitch Albom, the author, had developed a friendship with Morrie while attending the school, but after graduation, despite his promise to keep in touch, moves on with life, always reaching for the next big thing.

He happened to be channel surfing one night when he saw his old professor being interviewed by Ted Koppel on Nightline about what it was like to be dying of ALS (also known as Lou Gherig’s Disease). This leads him to get in touch with his old professor, and they strike up their friendship again. Albom visits Morrie every Tuesday (“We’re Tuesday people,” Morrie had once told him, p. 52), always coming armed with food, and each week, Morrie manages to impart some facet of wisdom that seems to be so common sense.

Morrie spent his life listening to his heart and doing what was right for him, rather than playing by societies rules. When all is said and done, we will be remembered not by our bank accounts or stock portfolios, by by the time we spent listening to a friend or helping a family member.

There are some amazing quotes to be pulled from Alboms book, some of which I plan to use as personal mantras: “The truth is, you don’t get satisfaction from those things. You know what really gives satisfaction? … Offering others what you have to give.” (p. 126)

“The most important thing in life is to learn how to give out love, and to let it come in.” (p. 52)

This book is a must read for anyone, young or old, male or female. I don’t think this book will necessarily appeal to any one group in particular. But it’s definitely worth every minute of the short time it will take to read it.


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Okay, it’s been a really long time since I’ve done an actual blog post. I spend a lot of time working on my writing for Examiner.com that I find myself neglecting my blog a lot. It’s kind of sad, really. But the writing for Examiner has been going well. I’ve also been doing some freelancing for Parenting NH magazine. I had two articles published in the spring, and will have a third published in October.

John is back to school now. He had three teacher days last week, and will start with his students on Tuesday. One more day off tomorrow, then he’s back to a relatively normal schedule, holidays aside. He’s been busy with gigs and lessons this summer, but the fall will slow down his performance schedule a bit. He’ll be picking up some new students this fall, which is exciting.

We did some projects around the house this summer, like power washing the house, staining the deck and ripping up (two!) linoleum floors to tile the kitchen, which looks fantastic. We still need to lay the decorative tile we’re going to put down between the kitchen and living rooms, and then the project will be done.

Hannah is growing and changing every day, which is really fun to watch. She’s starting to talk a lot and is using to “use her words.” We’re still attending moms group at Frisbie Hospital on Wednesdays, but that will change after she turns two, because she’ll age out of that group at that point. We’ll look into going to a story hour at the library at that point, as well as going to play groups with Little Sprouts, which she can stay in until she’s 5.

I never got the chance to post her 18 month photos, so I will put them up here:

I’m hoping to start finding some time to get out and do more “adult” stuff on my own too. I joined a knitting group that I haven’t gotten to go to once yet, and would love to get there before the end of the year! =) I’m also hoping to maybe join a book group, but I’ve got so many books I want to read before I get to do that! I’m currently reading The Host by Stephenie Meyer, and before that I read the entire Twilight saga in 8 days (also by Stephenie Meyer), and I have read Lucky by Alice Sebold, The Knitting Circle by Ann Hood, and The Shack by William P. Young, all of which were excellent books. I’m re-reading the Twilight saga as well, but now that I’m on the 4th book again, I’ve sort of put it back on the back burner so I could get through the rest of my “to read” list. I want to re-read the Chronicles of Narnia for fun, and I want to read Crime and Punishment because I found it at a library book sale for $1. I’ve also got a copy of Memoirs of a Geisha that I’ve been looking forward to reading too, and I’ve had my eye on Unconventional by J.J. Hebert.

I guess that’s about all from here. Hope to start getting into posting more often again, now that we’ll be back in our routine!

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