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There is a well-crafted STORY here. There is enthusiasm for BRIDGE, so if you aren't into BRIDGE, you might not LIKE that part of the story line.

Obviously, you have to call it melodramatic ... channeling your inner Uncle to play in the National Bridg...more
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Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson
Steelheart (Reckoners, #1)
by Brandon Sanderson (Goodreads Author)
read in March, 2014
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David saw STEELHEART bleed! When he was only eight years old, he was in the bank when STEELHEART, the notorious Epic named STEELHEART claim NEWCAGO as HIS ... and for the past ten years, he has attempted to find a way to extract revenge for the fact...more
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Divergent by Veronica Roth
Divergent (Divergent, #1)
by Veronica Roth (Goodreads Author)
read in March, 2014
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Beatrice (Tris) goes in for her aptitude tests as all 16 year olds do. Will she stay in her faction or switch ... Little does she know, she is DIVERGENT! Tris' adventures as she makes choices about her faction, her family, and her adult life. Good ac...more
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The Time Keeper by Mitch Albom
The Time Keeper
by Mitch Albom (Goodreads Author)
read in February, 2014
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This book was interesting, cerebral, non-preachy. The main character DOR becomes Father time. You get to spend some time getting to know the main characters before you get to figure out how they are inter-related. Once you find out, it reminds me of...more
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Treasure Hunters by James Patterson
Treasure Hunters (Treasure Hunters, #1)
by James Patterson (Goodreads Author)
read in February, 2014
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James Patterson book for kids ... lot going on ... moves fast ... going to be a little persnickety here ... fat jokes about Storm, not cool. Other than that ... it was a quick read, and a kid in the fourth, fifth, sixth, maybe seventh or eighth grade...more
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“The Paradoxical Commandments

People are illogical, unreasonable, and self-centered.
Love them anyway.

If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish ulterior motives.
Do good anyway.

If you are successful, you will win false friends and true enemies.
Succeed anyway.

The good you do today will be forgotten tomorrow.
Do good anyway.

Honesty and frankness make you vulnerable.
Be honest and frank anyway.

The biggest men and women with the biggest ideas can be shot down by the smallest men and women with the smallest minds.
Think big anyway.

People favor underdogs but follow only top dogs.
Fight for a few underdogs anyway.

What you spend years building may be destroyed overnight.
Build anyway.

People really need help but may attack you if you do help them.
Help people anyway.

Give the world the best you have and you'll get kicked in the teeth.
Give the world the best you have anyway.”
Kent M. Keith, The Silent Revolution: Dynamic Leadership in the Student Council

Rumi
“Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.”
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Mahatma Gandhi
“Be the change that you wish to see in the world.”
Mahatma Gandhi

Mark Twain
“Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence on society.”
Mark Twain

George Carlin
“Have you ever noticed that anybody driving slower than you is an idiot, and anyone going faster than you is a maniac?”
George Carlin

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