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Sharing Good Summer Books at the Readers’ Café

Filed under: Readers Cafe — by Glenda at 3:59 pm on Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Café by the lake
(Photo credit: Ross McGregor)

Hi and welcome to the Readers’ Café – a place to gather and to share. Tonight we’re at a café situated on Lake Maggiore on the border of Switzerland and Italy.

Come on in and help yourself to a beverage of your choice. Then sit back, enjoy the summer evening and join in the conversation by posting comments below. Hit your vacation browser’s REFRESH button to see new comments as others join in the conversation. All that I ask is that you respect others and keep it relatively family-friendly. Also, keep in mind that this is a public space, so share what you feel comfortable sharing publicly.

Nothing goes with summer better than reading a good book, whether it is while sitting on the beach, slathered in sunscreen, or sitting under a shady tree with a cool drink close at hand, or, my favourite, propped up in bed with a cool breeze gently blowing in the window. What could be more lazy and luxurious?

Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body.
~ Joseph Addison

Today’s question is:

What are you reading this summer? (Or, if you prefer your books as moving pictures, what movie did you see this summer that particularly touched you?) Why would you recommend it to someone else?

If you enjoyed this post, consider buying me a cafe mocha. Thanks kindly.

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Comment by Darrell

August 15, 2007 @ 4:19 pm

Hi Glenda

The book I would suggest any time,not just for summer is your book

Comment by Glenda

August 15, 2007 @ 4:22 pm

Ahh, thanks dear. That is sweet. Do you have a favourite part you’d like to share?

Comment by Darrell

August 15, 2007 @ 4:26 pm

I think one part I love is the O.T. and the bath seat. Still makes me chuckle.

Comment by Glenda

August 15, 2007 @ 4:31 pm

Darrell,

Here’s the passage:

…she flipped through a few catalogs to see what other options existed. “Here’s another option,” she said as she passed the catalog over to us. Basically, it was a shelf that fastened to the wall. I took one look and, in my Glenda-ish, blurted out, “It won’t hold two people!” Gasping in utter shock, she exclaimed, “Oh! I hadn’t thought of that! You make me blush!” Flustered, she gathered up her things, saying, “I see I’m not needed here.” She quickly departed, never to be heard from again.

Comment by Glenda

August 15, 2007 @ 4:33 pm

That was one way to get her to leave!

Comment by Darrell

August 15, 2007 @ 4:34 pm

That is the one, she looked so flustered it was great. :)

Comment by Darrell

August 15, 2007 @ 4:35 pm

probably the only way

Comment by Darrell

August 15, 2007 @ 4:49 pm

Are there any books or movies 0you wish to watch in the near future?

Comment by Glenda

August 15, 2007 @ 4:54 pm

Darrell, I still have Norman Vincent Peale’s “The Power of Positive Thinking” to read. And there is a movie I want to see about teaching writing to an inner-city class, but don’t recall the title.

Comment by Glenda

August 15, 2007 @ 4:55 pm

Earlier this summer I had the pleasure of reading Bonnie Sherr Klein’s “Slow Dance: A Story of Stroke, Love and Disability”. Amazing story!

I could really relate to her frustration and isolation when her speech was severely impaired. People treat you so differently when you don’t have clear speech, like you’re hearing- or cognitively- impaired too.

I would like to get Bonnie as a special guest on a future Readers’ Cafe.

Comment by Becky McCray, Small Town Entrepreneur

August 15, 2007 @ 4:59 pm

Hi, Glenda! I’ve just borrowed a few books off a friend:
The Art of the Start by Guy Kawasaki
The E-Myth Revisited
and Successful Retailing

I haven’t started on them yet, but I’m looking forward to it!

Comment by Darrell

August 15, 2007 @ 5:01 pm

good idea

Comment by Glenda

August 15, 2007 @ 5:06 pm

Welcome Becky! That sounds like quick a stack. Where will you start?

Comment by Darrell

August 15, 2007 @ 5:10 pm

Hi Becky

Comment by Rick Cockrum

August 15, 2007 @ 5:26 pm

Good evening Glenda, Darrell, Becky!

I got caught up refinishing a bed. The movie you’re thinking about is probably Freedom Writers, Glenda. Excellent film! We were fortunate enough to show it earlier this year.

Summer books? I’ve just finished Time Enough For Love, by Robert Heinlein, and right now I’m reading his Job, A Comedy of Justice and Tibetan Magic and Mysticism by J.H. Brennan.

Comment by Glenda

August 15, 2007 @ 5:30 pm

Hey Rick, thanks for joining us! Yes, that is the movie, thanks.

Wow, those books sound deep. Are they fact or fiction?

Comment by Rick Cockrum

August 15, 2007 @ 5:38 pm

The Heinlein books are science fiction. Heinlein wrote from the 1940s – 1970s. He’s one of my favorite writers. The Brennan book is supposed to be based in fact, and from other things I’ve read it seems to be for the most part. It’s about Tibetan Buddhist meditation techniques.

A couple of other movies I’ve enjoyed this year are 300 – about the Spartan standoff of the Persian invasion – for it’s visuals, and Wild Hogs, just because it’s a lot of fun.

Comment by Glenda

August 15, 2007 @ 5:47 pm

Buddhist meditation – sounds intriguing.

Comment by Darrell

August 15, 2007 @ 5:50 pm

sounds like books that may take a while to get into.

Comment by Glenda

August 15, 2007 @ 5:54 pm

That is kinda what I was thinking too, Darrell. Tho the sci-fi ones may be right up your alley.

Comment by Darrell

August 15, 2007 @ 5:55 pm

you think so do you?

Comment by Yvonne Russell

August 15, 2007 @ 5:59 pm

I’m reading The 4 Hour Work Week. I’ve just started, so not sure if it is do-able or wishful thinking, but it sure is interesting.

Comment by Glenda

August 15, 2007 @ 5:59 pm

Yeah, dear, take a book outside to read, with a cold beverage on hand. Could be relaxing.

Comment by Rick Cockrum

August 15, 2007 @ 6:02 pm

Psychology, comparative religion and mysticism are what I’ve spent most of my life studying and experimenting with, Darrell, so I get off on some out of the way paths, sometimes.

I’ll have to check the library for Bonnie’s book, Glenda. It sounds interesting. I’ve seen the types of things you talk about in regard to confusing cognitive disability with sensory-motor disabilities. When I worked in group home we had one resident who was deaf. No other disability. When she was young she was diagnosed with a cognitive disability because of it and got put into the system. All she really needed was someone to be able to communicate with her.

Comment by Glenda

August 15, 2007 @ 6:04 pm

Welcome Yvonne! yeah, I’m sceptical about the 4-hour work week too. Besides, if your work is your true passion and you only spend four hours at it, what do you do with the rest of your time?

Comment by Glenda

August 15, 2007 @ 6:09 pm

Interesting Rick. Have you read any Carl Jung? He is still on my to-read-one-day list.

So sad how much human potential the system wastes, especially with mis-diagnoses.

Comment by Darrell

August 15, 2007 @ 6:19 pm

I think the key is finding a way to show,and tap into the potential rather then loose it or give up on it.

Comment by Rick Cockrum

August 15, 2007 @ 6:19 pm

Hi Yvonne! *waving*

I read a few of Jung’s works, Glenda. The only things I have are The Undiscovered Self and Analytical Psychology, though. He wrote excellent introductions to a couple of books on Eastern mysticism. The Meaning in Dreams and Dreaming by Maria F. Mahoney is a good explanation of using Jungian techniques to work with dreams.

Comment by Glenda

August 15, 2007 @ 6:24 pm

So true, Darrell. I guess, for the system, its easier to toss people away than to speed time and money to find a solution.

Comment by Glenda

August 15, 2007 @ 6:26 pm

Rick, sounds like good winter reading. And didn’t Norman Vincent Peale have his roots in Jung??

Comment by Darrell

August 15, 2007 @ 6:27 pm

solutions may take longer to find but the end result is always worth it. we all benefit in the long run.

Comment by Rick Cockrum

August 15, 2007 @ 6:27 pm

You’ve got that straight, Darrell, to tap in and stay tapped in. Gurdjieff used to talk about man being asleep, and only occasionally waking up.

Comment by Darrell

August 15, 2007 @ 6:29 pm

interesting view

Comment by Rick Cockrum

August 15, 2007 @ 6:31 pm

I don’t know if Peale had roots in Jung or not, Glenda.

You all would know more about how things work with the system than I do. A lot of the problem seems to be jumping to conclusions based on a quick read of your history or assuming things based on just a few minutes experience with a`person.

Comment by Rick Cockrum

August 15, 2007 @ 6:34 pm

I’m going to say good night. The family just came home and I want to spend some time with them.

Thank you, Glenda! Night all!

Comment by Glenda

August 15, 2007 @ 6:35 pm

Thanks Rick. Have a good night!

Comment by Darrell

August 15, 2007 @ 6:37 pm

night Rick

Comment by Becky McCray, Small Town Entrepreneur

August 15, 2007 @ 6:44 pm

I’m learning more about Rick Cockrum than he ever let on at Liz’s! A wave and hello also to Darrel and Yvonne!

I think I’ll start with the E-Myth, just as soon as {looks around, then whispers} just as soon as I finish my Harry Potter books. I’m heading back through the whole series, now that it is complete.

Glenda, did you decide about the e-book issues you discussed last night at Open Mic Night?

Comment by Glenda

August 15, 2007 @ 7:00 pm

Becky, your secret is safe with us!

I need to reread the advice from last night, but I’m considering going back to my original plan of a pdf. I need to make supper first. Are you around later tonight? Is twitter best to reach you?

Comment by Becky McCray, Small Town Entrepreneur

August 15, 2007 @ 7:02 pm

I’ll be around for awhile, so I’ll Twitter you my email address. Not that I know anything about the PDF options! That was Marti!

Comment by Darrell

August 15, 2007 @ 7:06 pm

good night all

Comment by Glenda

August 15, 2007 @ 7:07 pm

Thanks Becky. I may need to track down Marti!

Comment by Glenda

August 15, 2007 @ 7:09 pm

Thanks everyone for coming! I’m hanging out with well-read folks.

The next Readers’ Cafe is Wednesday, September 5th. (Wow, September already! Where did the summer go?)

Meanwhile, keep reading!

Comment by Becky McCray, Small Town Entrepreneur

August 15, 2007 @ 7:11 pm

Thanks, Glenda. You run a great cafe!

Comment by Glenda

August 15, 2007 @ 7:13 pm

Thanks Becky!

Comment by Karen Putz

August 15, 2007 @ 8:04 pm

Just got home from Michigan with six kids and catching up on blogs.

Rick–I’ve got several deaf friends who were misdiagnosed as having cognitive disorders when they were young. One of them has an IQ over 150.
Today’s kids are now screened at birth so we’re diagnosing hearing loss on the second day of life for many kids.

Comment by Karla Meachem (Empowering Christian Women)

August 18, 2007 @ 8:52 pm

Hi everyone,

I want to recommend an excellent movie -”Facing the Giants”. It is a story based on faith and perseverance, giving God the glory at all times in our lives. It is a keeper! If you haven’t seen it, you need to. :)

Also,one book that has really impacted my life was ” Beyond Chaos by Gregg Piburn. It is one man’s journey alonside his chronically ill wife. Gregg was very open and honest in his writing; it was incredible to hear a man’s thoughts/feelings on walking together with his wife and family on this journey.

Be blessed!

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