Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Book 9 of my reading challenge

"An Invisible Thread:  The true story of an 11-year-old panhandler, a busy sales executive, and an unlikely meeting with destiny"


It's quite a title.  It's quite a story.

I picked up this book thinking it would be a straight forward "feel-good" story.  I also liked the fact that a portion of the proceeds from the royalties of the book would go to  "NoKidHungry.org".

What I didn't expect was the way I would feel when I finished the book.  Love.  Pride...pride in the fact that a human showed so much kindness and love to a stranger, and not just any stranger, a young, black child who had nothing, where the author had so much, and was white.  So much could have gone wrong after their meeting, but it didn't.  

Laura's influence on Maurice truly shows as you finish the book, and read the letter he wrote her about how she saved him.  But, this isn't a story about how she helped him, but also how he helped her.

I finished this a short time before I have to go to work, and there are tears in my eyes.  It is a beautiful story.

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Book 7 of my goal to read 50 books in 2015

The World According to Mister Rogers: Important Things to RememberThe World According to Mister Rogers: Important Things to Remember by Fred Rogers
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Having grown up on "Mister Rogers Neighborhood" I remember he always had wise words for his viewers...advice...little nuggets of inspiration. This book has 4 "chapters". The Courage to Be Yourself; Understanding Love; The Challenges of Inner Discipline and We Are All Neighbors.

It is a great book to give as a gift, and one you will love to pick up time and time again.

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2015 Alzheimer's Walk

For the 3rd year, my daughter and I will be participating in the Alzheimer's Walk which will be held on September 12, 2015 in Champaign, IL.

My grandmother, Ruthanna King Ostrosky, suffered with this disease and it hurt so much to watch her go from being the warm, loving woman that she was to the woman who could no longer remember who we were. I walk in memory of her and I walk for her and for all others who are affected.

Please help, if you can, or share this with your friends/family and help us fund research to find a cure for this terrible disease. If you would like to know more about our walk, or join our team (if you are in the area) please click here. Your help, no matter the size, is greatly appreciated.