I liked some chapters and not others. Especially, I liked "A Friendship in Letters." I enjoyed the author Sherwin Nuland's candor as he described an uI liked some chapters and not others. Especially, I liked "A Friendship in Letters." I enjoyed the author Sherwin Nuland's candor as he described an unlikely friendship's unfolding. The particular premise regarding the value of living which he shares with his pen pal was to me profound and something I had never really heard described in writing before. It touched me.
I purposely skipped "How We Age: Body and Mind." I don't want my consciousness to absorb medical descriptions of how my body will decline as I age. I'll deal with each reality as it comes.
In "Drinking from the Fountain of Youth," I learned about the concept of "compression of morbidity" in which our bodies stay strong and healthy longer with a sharp decline only near our death. It is hopeful hearing how studies show that seniors can and are staying healthy longer via body and mind exercises.
A few of Dr. Nuland's other chapters share stories from inspirational elders. These I mainly skimmed; they didn't hold my interest. "Adding Centuries to Our Years" argues against spending resources on scientific research solely to extend the life span. I agree with the author but found the information just annoying. His final chapters address wisdom, creativity, introspection, and other values to be cultivated for the golden years. Much of this writing was ho-hum, but I appreciate the author's overall advice to prepare ourselves spiritually, emotionally, intellectually, and physically, and his specific suggestions on how to do so....more
Interesting concept, BUT.....Too long. Too many details. Too many stories from the past. Too repetitive about Asperger's. Characters acting Too weirdInteresting concept, BUT.....Too long. Too many details. Too many stories from the past. Too repetitive about Asperger's. Characters acting Too weird at the end. Too repetitive. Too gruesome.
I had to finish it - like an addict would, but I didn't enjoy it....more
This little book by Joan Anderson caught my eye at the library, and I'm glad I brought it home. The author leaves the home she shared with her husbandThis little book by Joan Anderson caught my eye at the library, and I'm glad I brought it home. The author leaves the home she shared with her husband to move solo to a cottage on the Cape Cod coast. I warn the potential reader against reading reviews that might summarize the storyline any further. A major joy of A Year By The Sea is that you, the reader, have no clue what's going to happen in the next chapter, or the next. There is a sense of wonder and openness that grows in you as you read, mirroring the author's experience, and allowing room for something significant and perhaps unexpected. Joan gifts us her reflections on this receptivity, the ensuing self discovery, and a transformed life. ...more
An "easy read" and at the same time an extremely hard-to-read true account of a remarkable young girl, a Jewish refugee, whose flees Nazi Germany withAn "easy read" and at the same time an extremely hard-to-read true account of a remarkable young girl, a Jewish refugee, whose flees Nazi Germany with her parents to wait out the war in Shanghai, China. The author, Ursula Bacon, tells the story of her youth with innocence, intimacy, courage, humor, and intelligence. The memoir reads like a young person's diary, rich with thinking and dreaming, and the reader comes to know Ursula's parents, her housemates, and her many new friends - rich and poor - including an endearing and wise Buddhist monk. Again and again, the young Ursula speaks for humanity, asking "Why war? It's so barbaric!" Let's keep asking....more
I enjoyed Serena William's memoir / diary On The Line. Serena tells the story of her childhood in Compton, California, where she and her sisters wereI enjoyed Serena William's memoir / diary On The Line. Serena tells the story of her childhood in Compton, California, where she and her sisters were coached in tennis by her parents, especially her father. The reader learns about Serena's early relationships, particularly the closeness and the rivalry among five sisters in a tight-knit family. She explains how the rivalry between her and her older sister Venus proves to be extremely beneficial in forming their competitive edge. Serena shares other significant events of her life, including the end of a short-lived romantic relationship, the celebration of her first grand slam wins, the tragic loss of her eldest sister, visiting Africa, struggles with injuries, etc. that shape her time on the court. It is fascinating to find out what goes on in a top athlete's mind before, during, and after a match. Serena faces adversity with determination, using it to fuel her powerful game. While I had a little trouble with the mixed-up chronology of certain events, overall this was a great read and a positive and inspirational one, too. ...more