Another timely book, this one shares the stories of many doctors and scientists in their battle to find the truth and let it be heard. Honestly, it’s surprising that it’s a NY Times Bestseller because it falls under the category of things that would probably be censored right now. Hmmmm. Censoring. A little like book burning, really. I highly recommend this book if you have chronic fatigue syndrome, autism or a child with autism, or if you or your children have any chronic medical conditions or autoimmune diseases. I think it’s an important perspective. Drs. Mikovits and Heckenlively, please write a YA version!! I’m college educated in a scientific field and it was a struggle to get through sometimes.
If I had to describe this book in one word, it would be “timely.” How appropriate to have a book about seeing those around us just when the world asked us to cover our faces. I consider this to be a really short but profound mental health guidebook. I’ve read a lot of books on mental health and this one is a really good summary. If you need to be seen, or want to increase your capacity to see, love, and help others, I highly recommend this book!
Meet Hana and Sula. Last March, my husband and I finally gave into years of begging and agreed to get a dog. We welcomed Sula (pictured on the right) into our family in March 2020, just before things began to lock down. She brings a lot of energy to our home. So much energy that we thought it best she had a friend. Hana joined us just before Christmas. They were born 9 months apart, and I lovingly call them my covid babies. Sula is a lab/havanese mix and loves to play fetch, hike, practice tricks, and sprint alongside a bike or running buddy. She loves people and other dogs. She has so much get up and go and loves me more than anything. It’s cute. Her name means “little bear by the water” in Hawaiian and it’s very fitting. She loves to swim and splash in rivers and lakes. Hana is cuddly and calm. We rescued her from a shelter. She’s an akita mix so will outgrow Sula eventually. They are best friends and play most of the day. What changes happened in your home last year?
Escaping Neverland included a little research about train stations in London because of a spunky, fearless girl named Jane. Peter Pan may have the title of the book, but Jane is the heroine. A bit feminist, a bit impulsive, a bit broken, this character taught me a lot about intuition and courage. What fictional characters have stayed with you long after reading or writing?
It will happen in a day or two or three. My family and I will go out to eat at a restaurant that shall not be named. We’ll order food and eat and enjoy being together. We’ll keep our poker faces on as we converse with our waiter or waitress. When the check is given, we’ll slip our credit card into the handy little slot and wait for our waitress or waiter to take it and bring it back. When we leave the restaurant, we’ll also leave this little jar behind for the kind person who served us. I hope it brings a smile to their face. I love this time of year. Happy giving!