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 CynthiaSM
Joined: 3/29/2014
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What are you currently Reading?Page 9 of 12    (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12)
Just finished Chartes Cathedral: The Missing or Heretic Guide by Freddy Silva. Now onto The Intention Experiments by Lynne McTaggart
 CarefreeBeauty
Joined: 5/30/2014
Msg: 202
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Posted: 9/30/2015 7:37:59 PM
Just finished 'The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao' by Junot Diaz

Had to lighten up after that one ---started 'Friends in High Places' by Donna Leon. A police procedural series set in Venice, Pearl of the Adriatic. Very well plotted, lots of details of life in Venice, lots of fun~
 Aprilikeswhiteroses
Joined: 2/28/2015
Msg: 203
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Posted: 10/7/2015 4:02:18 PM
This:
From the book "Make Me an Instrument of Your Peace". by author Kent Nerburn.
I hope you enjoy reading it too...:)

His story:
There was a time in my life twenty years ago when I was driving a cab for a living. It was a cowboy’s life, a gambler’s life, a life for someone who wanted no boss, constant movement and the thrill of a dice roll every time a new passenger got into the cab.
What I didn’t count on when I took the job was that it was also a ministry. Because I drove the night shift, my cab became a rolling confessional. Passengers would climb in, sit behind me in total anonymity and tell me of their lives.

I was responding to a call from a small brick fourplex in a quiet part of town. I assumed I was being sent to pick up some partiers, or someone who had just had a fight with a lover, or someone going off to an early shift at some factory for the industrial part of town.


THE LAST CAB RIDE STORY

I arrived at the address and honked the horn.
After waiting a few minutes I honked again.
Since this was going to be my last ride of my shift I thought about just driving away, but instead I put the car in park and walked up to the door and knocked..
Just a minute', answered a frail, elderly voice. I could hear something being dragged across the floor.
After a long pause, the door opened.
A small woman in her 90's stood before me. She was wearing a print dress and a pillbox hat with a veil pinned on it, like somebody out of a 1940's movie.
By her side was a small nylon suitcase. The apartment looked as if no one had lived in it for years. All the furniture was covered with sheets.
There were no clocks on the walls, no knickknacks or utensils on the counters. In the corner was a cardboard box filled with photos and glassware.
Would you carry my bag out to the car?' she said.
I took the suitcase to the cab, then returned to assist the woman.
She took my arm and we walked slowly toward the curb.
She kept thanking me for my kindness.
It's nothing', I told her. 'I just try to treat my passengers the way I would want my mother to be treated.'
Oh, you're such a good boy, she said.
When we got in the cab, she gave me an address and then asked, 'Could you drive through downtown?'
It's not the shortest way,' I answered quickly..
Oh, I don't mind,' she said. 'I'm in no hurry. I'm on my way to a hospice.
I looked in the rear-view mirror. Her eyes were glistening.
I don't have any family left,' she continued in a soft voice.. 'The doctor says I don't have very long.'
I quietly reached over and shut off the meter.
What route would you like me to take?' I asked.
For the next two hours, we drove through the city.
She showed me the building where she had once worked as an elevator operator.
We drove through the neighborhood where she and her husband had lived when they were newlyweds.
She had me pull up in front of a furniture warehouse that had once been a ballroom where she had gone dancing as a girl.
Sometimes she'd ask me to slow in front of a particular building or corner and would sit staring into the darkness, saying nothing.
As the first hint of sun was creasing the horizon, she suddenly said, 'I'm tired. Let's go now'.
We drove in silence to the address she had given me.
It was a low building, like a small convalescent home, with a driveway that passed under a portico.
Two orderlies came out to the cab as soon as we pulled up. They were solicitous and intent, watching her every move. They must have been expecting her.
I opened the trunk and took the small suitcase to the door. The woman was already seated in a wheelchair.
How much do I owe you?' She asked, reaching into her purse.
Nothing,' I answered.
You have to make a living,' she said.
There are other passengers,' I responded.
Almost without thinking, I bent and gave her a hug. She held onto me tightly.
You gave an old woman a little moment of joy,' she said. 'Thank you.'
I squeezed her hand, and then walked into the dim morning light.
Behind me, a door shut. It was the sound of the closing of a life..
For the rest of that day, I could hardly talk. What if that woman had gotten an angry driver, or one who was impatient to end his shift?
What if I had refused to take the run, or had honked once, then driven away?
On a quick review, I don't think that I have done anything more important in my life.

We're conditioned to think that our lives revolve around great moments.
But great moments often catch us unaware - beautifully wrapped in what others may consider a small one.

PEOPLE MAY NOT REMEMBER EXACTLY WHAT YOU DID, OR WHAT YOU SAID.
BUT THEY WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER HOW YOU MADE THEM FEEL.


Life may not be the party we hoped for, but while we are here we might as well dance.
 swedishtextiles
Joined: 2/2/2017
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Posted: 3/20/2017 8:34:50 AM
I recently finished "The Princes of Ireland" by Edward Rutherford, the first of two volumes in "The Dublin Saga"---meticulously researched historical fiction.

At present, am almost to the end of "The Little Stranger" a novel by Sarah Waters. Setting is Britain in the 1940s, aristocratic houses, families crumbling, throw in some hauntings----she's very good at building suspense.

Next, for upcoming book club discussion, is "His Bloody Project" by Graeme Macrae Burnet---my first foray into reading a book on a Kindle! What's the world coming to~ hahaha
 Aprilovesrosas
Joined: 2/13/2017
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Posted: 3/20/2017 5:38:52 PM
Ahhh...THE LAST CAB RIDE STORY posted long time ago by Me, myself and I.
Thinking on posting it in my profile.

True about the last thought of that story.

PEOPLE MAY NOT REMEMBER EXACTLY WHAT YOU DID, OR WHAT YOU SAID.
BUT THEY WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER HOW YOU MADE THEM FEEL.
 PennyAnte
Joined: 4/17/2016
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Posted: 4/9/2017 2:55:57 PM
PEOPLE MAY NOT REMEMBER EXACTLY WHAT YOU DID, OR WHAT YOU SAID.
BUT THEY WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER HOW YOU MADE THEM FEEL.

April. This is a quote from Maya Angelou.
 Wilkes_Barre_Candy
Joined: 9/7/2016
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Posted: 4/12/2017 8:12:35 AM

PEOPLE MAY NOT REMEMBER EXACTLY WHAT YOU DID, OR WHAT YOU SAID.
BUT THEY WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER HOW YOU MADE THEM FEEL.

April. This is a quote from Maya Angelou.


So true. IMO we need to evaluate, why we feel how we feel. When we feel bad around a person, was it because we were called out on the truth- that we became uncomfortable, or because the caller out was inappropriate?

And when we feel good around a person, is it bec. the person was authentic to us, or were they just enabling us?

Penny Ante, I wish I could email you, but there are age restrictions in this site. I find you a person about growth and change.
 PennyAnte
Joined: 4/17/2016
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Posted: 4/12/2017 8:28:04 AM
Candy. They have allowed me to post my blog link before with my poetry. That will link you to a profile with an email contact. I wish the restrictions weren't here for age. I think the range is 14 or 17 years. I am not sure. Years ago you could contact woman or men and there wasn't any age restriction and did not have to be about sexual preference.

Here is my blog post with my poetry. Words Without Songs
http://voodoosevenfold.blogspot.com/

On TOPIC: I am currently reading a children's book:

The Trees Stand Shining
Poetry of the North American Indians
Selected by Hettie Jones
Paintings by Robert Andrew Parker

Most of the poems were songs passed down from ages and ages of ancestors of the Native Americans.
The book includes tribes from the East Coast across country to the West. Chippewa, Papago, Acoma, Cheyene, Sioux, Comanche, Apache and more.

one of the poems:

The eagle speaks

The sun's rays
Lie along my wings
And stretch beyond their tips

A little gray whirlwind
Is trying to catch me.
Across my path
It keeps whiling

Papago
 _babblefish
Joined: 9/23/2011
Msg: 210
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Posted: 4/13/2017 8:05:39 AM


So true. IMO we need to evaluate, why we feel how we feel. When we feel bad around a person, was it because we were called out on the truth- that we became uncomfortable, or because the caller out was inappropriate?

And when we feel good around a person, is it bec. the person was authentic to us, or were they just enabling us?


going out on a limb and guess the above isn't a quote from: "How To Survive A Garden Gnome Attack"

with the current environment i'm re-reading The Handmaid's Tale - who can't relate these days to speculative fiction

"a totalitarian theocracy which has overthrown the United States government, the dystopian novel explores themes of women in subjugation . . ."
 PennyAnte
Joined: 4/17/2016
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Posted: 4/13/2017 11:26:44 AM
^^^I read that book in 1985. I think it was when it was first published. I still remember some most disturbing passages when Offred her slave name meaning of Fred, belonging to him was taken by his wife who was barren and the horror of the rape scene as they used her as "the two legged womb". That book bothered me for months and months after I read it.
I was actually just thinking of the book because one of our Lenten songs at church is "There is a balm in Gilead". I won't say more as you are reading and I don't want to spoil any of it for you but 32 years later I remember that book like I read it last week.
 Cynderella
Joined: 3/8/2007
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Posted: 4/18/2017 12:16:31 AM
Im looking forward to the mini series of Handmaidens.
Right now I'm reading Life Between Lives and Destiny of Souls both by Michael Newton PH.D.
 razors_edge55
Joined: 11/25/2013
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Posted: 4/22/2017 6:46:37 AM
I'm working my way slowly threw an english tranlation of "the physiology of marriage"by Honoré de Balzac
and Siegfried Sassoon collected poems 1908-1956
 Scar33Lord
Joined: 2/11/2017
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Posted: 4/28/2017 9:06:47 PM
Tinseltown, by William Mann.
 NewYorker58
Joined: 6/11/2013
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Posted: 10/7/2017 9:29:27 PM
The Escape, by David Baldacci, in the John Puller series.
 cooldog65
Joined: 6/27/2011
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Posted: 10/7/2017 10:58:08 PM
POF forums on my tablet...
 CynthiaSM
Joined: 7/23/2017
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Posted: 10/7/2017 11:28:15 PM
Enterprise Application Design
and
REST API Design


My life is so exciting
 DDSearle
Joined: 5/20/2017
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Posted: 10/13/2017 3:33:42 AM
Coping With Penis Reduction Surgery
by Dr Richard Alcock
 MsSkeezix
Joined: 7/1/2017
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Posted: 10/13/2017 8:48:07 AM
^^^
hahaha

Dr 'Dick' Alcock>>>

hahahah
 DDSearle
Joined: 5/20/2017
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Posted: 10/14/2017 10:07:08 AM
Sex Doll Selection For Men
by Connie Molly Wren
 DDSearle
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Posted: 10/14/2017 10:55:02 AM
The Many Steps Of Luminance (Not Chrominance, If Grey)
by S M Dancey-Gaimes
 ChorusAurora
Joined: 4/2/2018
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Posted: 4/14/2018 8:48:08 AM
'The Nutmeg of Consolation' by Patrick O'Brian

Part of a series of adventures on the high seas in the early 19th century---featuring Captain Jack Aubrey and Doctor Maturin, ship's doctor, naturalist and spy.

If you haven't read the series (yet) you're in for a treat~
 NewYorker58
Joined: 6/11/2013
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Posted: 4/15/2018 4:54:17 PM
By David Baldacci, "No Man's Land".
 basilisk123
Joined: 12/17/2011
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Posted: 4/16/2018 1:32:46 AM
I am reading 2 compilation books about the works of Walt Whitman, and of Oscar Wilde
 Aloof_Loofah
Joined: 3/29/2018
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Posted: 4/16/2018 3:29:51 AM
I am currently reading three books:

The Good Muslim by Tahmima Anam,
The Space Between Us by Thirty Umrigar, and
Mending the Moon by Susan Palwick.
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