From Here to Eternity

I read Ms. Doughty’s first book Smoke Gets in Your Eyes while on a bus trip three years ago and after a death in the immediate family.  I finished reading From Here to Eternity the same day another immediate family member had been placed in hospice.

I applaud Ms. Doughty for doing what she does and bringing a very tough topic to the forefront with honesty and humor.  Death is part of the life cycle and so is grieving and not enough is given to the ritual of death and grieving.  Ms. Doughty traveled the world to see how other cultures deal with death and it is very different from what we know in the United States.  And then how the United States is influencing other cultures.

A must read.

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Review: The City of Brass

Nahri and Ali take us through this magical journey that feels so real you can picture being part of it while reading it.  This is an adult fairy tale and adds dimension to stories from the Middle East.  Hang onto your seat because it also ends like an adult fairy tale, not as you would expect.

I’m glad I found an extra copy.  A must.

Review: I Am the Cheese

I think I read this once years ago and didn’t get this book like I do reading it now. Reading this book is both creepy and haunting and one has to wonder where reality begins and ends, if it does at all.

Adam is narrating his story with pauses for transcripts of taped sessions.  They talk about clues and Adam being aware he is being drugged.

The story comes out that Adam and his world are not what everything appears to be.

Day 4: Pedal to the Metal

Day 3 I posted an oldie but goodie.  Let me know if you want the link.

For Day 4, another part of what I do is the pedal to the metal, so to speak.  This occurs in many ways, including advocacy for the client’s self and advocacy for client.

People can be their own worst enemies, and this is true for everyone, no matter what walk of life or no matter how popular and outgoing a person is.  If you can’t advocate for yourself, even with a simple “yes”, and/ or advocate for others, it is a necessary skill to have and to build on.

People get aggravated when I ask for a sit down conversation or some kind of face-to-face, even if electronic, meeting.  The more I can talk to you, the better the outcome.  The more I know about you, the more I can help.

Don’t hide yourself away from the world.  The more people know of you and about your skills and talents, the better.  An hour invested in sitting down and talking with someone, even if the business connection doesn’t work out or things take longer than you want, it was worth it.

Never be afraid of putting your pedal to the metal.

 

Review: An Acceptable Time

This is one of those books that just leaves you with a “wow” feeling.

This is written by Madeline L’Engle and is part of A Wrinkle in Time, The Quartet, series.

Polly is with her grandparents in New England and discovers that she is above sacred space but also goes through a dimension in time that brings her back to the same area 3,000 years prior.  Polly meets the people who inhabited the area.  They think her a goddess.

This book touches on faith, religion, physics, science, and time.  10 out of 10.  A must read.

30 Day Challenge: The Tide is High

A relative of mine has a favorite saying that “water finds its own level”.

Find your tribe and they will find you.  This is true in life and with running a business as well.

I had a 20 minute conversation a few months ago where a potential client wanted to know why they should choose me over one of my competitors.  It was one of the toughest phone calls I’ve ever had as a business person.  Yet in the end, they paid me for the time I spent with them which was above and beyond what I normally do and I was grateful and the 20 minutes was well worth it.

Quick aside: people will call you when you are least ready.  So, always be ready.

One piece of advice I give to business newbies, and I received this as well in the beginning, is don’t feel you have to take every client.  Yes, I made that mistake in the beginning and learned the hard way.  Everyone wants overnight but even after doing this for over 20 years, there are still people out there who don’t know about you and your best friend is word-of-mouth.

And yes, the people who will want to work with you will respond.  So be yourself because phony is exposed really fast.

Review: The Black Cloud

I was reading this book on a day when the clouds were rolling in from an unusual summer storm just to the south of where I live.  The atmosphere fit the book.

The author, Fred Hoyle, was a well-known scientist and this comes through in the book.

An astronomer finds something out of order when taking pictures of the stars.  The only way for it to be described is as a black cloud that covers the Earth for a period of time and causes great chaos.  The story is mainly told from the scientist point of view.

A must for science fiction fans and those who love astronomy and doomsday tales.

I wonder if Steven King read this.  This has echoes of The Dome and also of Arthur Clarke.

10 out of 10.