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You Don't Have to Say You Love Me by Sarra Manning
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What about Now? by Gina Lake
“A lot of things are inherent in life -change, birth, death, aging, illness, accidents, calamities, and losses of all kinds- but these events don't have to be the cause of ongoing suffering. Yes, these events cause grief and sadness, but grief and sadness pass, like everything else, and are replaced with other experiences. The ego, however, clings to negative thoughts and feelings and, as a result, magnifies, intensifies, and sustains those emotions while the ego overlooks the subtle feelings of joy, gratitude, excitement, adventure, love, and peace that come from Essence. If we dwelt on these positive states as much as we generally dwell on our negative thoughts and painful emotions, our lives would be transformed.”
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“Some people believe holding on and hanging in there are signs of great strength. However, there are times when it takes much more strength to know when to let go and then do it.”
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Secrets to Happiness by Sarah Dunn
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Another fluff book with a cute cover....gets me every time! I had a hard time getting through it because I was actually a little bored (and I am pretty easily amused). After I was about 20 pages in, I realized I had tried to read it a couple of times ...more
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Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
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Honestly, by the time I got to book three I felt like I had already read the same story twice already. This one seemed a bit too similar to the other two to completely renew my interest. The story became interesting again only after reading about thr ...more
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Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James
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I gave this book one star due to the fact that I was actually able to make it to the end without chewing my own arm off....I cannot imagine how this book has gotten into enough hands to make it a best seller! "Oh my"! "Wow"! There is so much I could ...more
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Ana is just a giant mess of a human being. She's insecure to the point of it being laughable, 'klutzy' (even though she only trips..." Read more of this review »
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Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
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I had heard this one wasn't very good, but I have to say....I liked it! Moving on to book three now...
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The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
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I picked up this book because I heard the movie was coming out and wanted to read it first. Although it wasn't the kind of story I typically like...I was completely drawn into the story (first tears at page 24). I highly recommend it. I am reading bo ...more
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Sena Jeter Naslund
“If you meet a woman of whatever complexion who sails her life with strength and grace and assurance, talk to her! And what you will find is that there has been a suffering, that at some time she has left herself for hanging dead.”
Sena Jeter Naslund, Ahab's Wife, or The Star-Gazer

Louise Erdrich
“Life will break you. Nobody can protect you from that, and living alone won't either, for solitude will also break you with its yearning. You have to love. You have to feel. It is the reason you are here on earth. You are here to risk your heart. You are here to be swallowed up. And when it happens that you are broken, or betrayed, or left, or hurt, or death brushes near, let yourself sit by an apple tree and listen to the apples falling all around you in heaps, wasting their sweetness. Tell yourself you tasted as many as you could.”
Louise Erdrich, The Painted Drum

Bill Cosby
“No matter how calmly you try to referee, parenting will eventually produce bizarre behavior, and I'm not talking about the kids. Their behavior is always normal.”
Bill Cosby

“Promise Yourself

To be so strong that nothing
can disturb your peace of mind.
To talk health, happiness, and prosperity
to every person you meet.

To make all your friends feel
that there is something in them
To look at the sunny side of everything
and make your optimism come true.

To think only the best, to work only for the best,
and to expect only the best.
To be just as enthusiastic about the success of others
as you are about your own.

To forget the mistakes of the past
and press on to the greater achievements of the future.
To wear a cheerful countenance at all times
and give every living creature you meet a smile.

To give so much time to the improvement of yourself
that you have no time to criticize others.
To be too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear,
and too happy to permit the presence of trouble.

To think well of yourself and to proclaim this fact to the world,
not in loud words but great deeds.
To live in faith that the whole world is on your side
so long as you are true to the best that is in you.”
Christian D. Larson, Your Forces and How to Use Them

Andy Warhol
“When people are ready to, they change. They never do it before then, and sometimes they die before they get around to it. You can't make them change if they don't want to, just like when they do want to, you can't stop them.”
Andy Warhol, Andy Warhol in His Own Words

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