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ABC’s of Lighthearted Living…My Rx, by Margaret Mears, M.D.

Sunday, January 4th, 2009

To be honest, this book sat on my desk for a couple of weeks before I finally got around to reading it. I think the reason was quite superficial, nevertheless psychologically powerful – namely, the physical dimensions of the book (8.5″ x 11″) makes it feel like a text book! I know, I know, you can’t judge a book by it’s cover. Yet publishers hire professional artists to design book covers, so I guess the superficial is important after all.

Anyway, once I did start reading, I found the book to be quite enjoyable, thought provoking and genuinely helpful.

For each letter of the alphabet, Dr. Mears presents a gem of truth that can probably best be classified as a ‘life lesson’. Those paradigms that help us realize that we really do get to choose the kind of life we live. And if you don’t believe that statement, get the book, read it, and then make a judgment.

Definitely worth the read. Thanks Dr. Maggie 🙂

The Princess Bride: S. Morgenstern’s Classic Tale of True Love and High Adventure, abridged by William Goldman

Tuesday, November 20th, 2007

My introduction to The Princess Bride came in the form of an excerpt (the fabulous sword-fighting scene at the top of the Cliffs Of Despair) that was part of an anthology of science fiction and fantasy stories, which I had gotten at about the age of 13 or 14.

For many years after that I sort of casually kept an eye out for the entire book, but back then there wasn’t a great selection of books available cheaply in Trinidad.

Well, I almost couldn’t contain myself when I saw that someone had actually made The Princess Bride into a movie. And I wasn’t disappointed in the least – what a great flick! Inconceivable!

Finally, a few years ago I came across William Goldman’s re-telling of this wonderfully whimsical, yet totally action-packed tale. And now I have my very own copy of The Princess Bride and the movie too. Yeah!!! I highly recommend this one – both the book and The Princess Bride Movie – especially if you have kids.

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