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Rebecca Rebecca said: " 5 stars when I first read it.

Nov/Dec. 2016 - "read" again with my first audio listen. Still gets 5 stars. It's especially interesting to note how many small details placed in this story become important as the books proceed. Jim Dale's narration was
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Anne Lamott
“I was reminded of the Four Immutable Laws of the Spirit: Whoever is present are the right people. Whenever it begins is the right time. Whatever happens is the only thing that could have happened. And when it's over, it's over.”
Anne Lamott, Some Assembly Required: A Journal of My Son's First Son

Anne Lamott
“You have to be grateful whenever you get to someplace safe and okay, even if it turns out it wasn’t quite where you were heading. The light you see when people are in the tunnel of deep trouble is domestic flashes of recognition and kitchen comforts, not Blake’s radiance, which would be my preference.”
Anne Lamott, Small Victories: Spotting Improbable Moments of Grace

M.T. Anderson
“Maybe these are our salad days."
"You know. Happy."
"What's happy about a salad?"
She shrugged. "Ranch," she said.”
M.T. Anderson, Feed

Anne Lamott
“I decided to start from scratch, with a simple prayer: “Hi!” I said. Someone or something hears. I don’t know much about its nature, only that when I cry out, it hears me and moves closer to me, and I don’t feel so alone. I feel better. And I felt better that morning, starting over. No shame in that—Saint Augustine said that you have to start your relationship with God all over from the beginning, every day. Yesterday’s faith does not wait for you like a dog with your slippers and the morning paper in its mouth. You seek it, and in seeking it, you find it.”
Anne Lamott, Small Victories: Spotting Improbable Moments of Grace

Anne Lamott
“Redefinition is a nightmare—we think we’ve arrived, in our nice Pottery Barn boxes, and that this or that is true. Then something happens that totally sucks, and we are in a new box, and it is like changing into clothes that don’t fit, that we hate. Yet the essence remains. Essence is malleable, fluid. Everything we lose is Buddhist truth—one more thing that you don’t have to grab with your death grip, and protect from theft or decay. It’s gone. We can mourn it, but we don’t have to get down in the grave with it.”
Anne Lamott, Small Victories: Spotting Improbable Moments of Grace

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