Attitude Is Your Paintbrush by James Moore

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I agree with the author’s premise.  There are many situations we cannot change in our life.  However, our attitude has a huge impact on our emotions and how we deal with those uncontrollable events.

The book contains numerous examples of people who are satisfied with their life situations, even though they are suffering from grief, life threatening illnesses, and other tragic events.  Their stories demonstrated practical applications for each of the lessons taught in this book.

We may not be able to change our circumstances, but we can change our life by living out the following attitudes:  gratitude, confidence, perseverance, open-mindedness, faith, commitment, hope, compassion, determination, humility, joy, trust, and ownership.

 

 

Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee

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I enjoyed reading To Kill a Mockingbird, so I decided to read Go Set a Watchman.  However, I didn’t care for the book.

It felt like the book was leading up to some climatic event, but it never happened.  The characters interaction seemed bland and lacking in someway.

I found Go Set a Watchman to be a bit of a disappointment.

Shark Trouble by Peter Benchley

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After writing Jaws, Peter Benchley became an advocate for sharks.  He has written non-fiction books and worked with several documentaries to teach people more about these fascinating creatures.  Peter Benchley wants to help people see sharks as complex beings that have an essential role in the ecosystem.

Peter Benchley’s book Shark Trouble starts with a brief overview of sharks and their importance as apex predators.  Next, he looks at how sharks are typically demonized in the media.  The final section of the book list other creatures in the ocean that can be dangerous, such as:  moray eels, killer whales, barracudas, rays, and squids.

The book is interesting and easy to read.

The Dyslexic Advantage

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I was intrigued by this book, because I am dyslexic.  I still struggle with telling certain letters apart, if they are not in the context of a word.  I also have difficulty figuring out which side is my right and which is my left.  Over the years, I developed little tricks that allow me to overcome these problems.

The book gives a brief overview of dyslexia and how the brain of dyslexics processes things differently.  Those differences can create problems in certain areas; however, they also allow people with dyslexia to thrive in other areas.

The advantages or abilities discussed in this book are not in spite of dyslexia.  These advantages are a direct result of dyslexia.

  • People with dyslexia tend to be excellent story tellers and are extremely creative.
  • People with dyslexia have a greater ability to process 3-D images in their brain and determine how those images will function in the real world.
  • People with dyslexia often see patterns, relationships, and associations that are missed by those without dyslexia.
  • People with dyslexia have greater long-term memory abilities, especially when dealing with events or things in a story format.
  • People with dyslexia often have a greater ability to predict future outcomes, based on cause and effect processing.

The authors of the book also questioned labeling dyslexics as having a learning disability.  In reality, those with dyslexia tend to be highly intelligent.  They just process information differently.

The authors also believe our education system is doing a great disservice to dyslexics by trying to force them to learn in the same manner as those without dyslexia.

Jabberwocky by Lewis Carroll

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Lewis Carroll is best know for Alice in Wonderland.  However, he wrote other books and poetry.  My favorite poem by Lewis Carroll is “How Doth.”

How doth the little crocodile
Improve his shining tail
And pour the waters of the Nile
On every golden scale!
How cheerfully he seems to grin
How neatly spreads his claws
And welcomes little fishes in
With gently smiling jaws!

 

The Neverending Story by Michael Ende

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This book is one of my favorites.  It’s about a magical book that allows the reader to actually enter the story.  As a book lover, I find the idea intriguing.

The main character reads the magical book and enters the neverending story.  His adventures teach him several valuable life lessons.

  • Actions have consequences, regardless of the reason for those actions
  • Listen to the advice of those you trust
  • Discern who is truly your friend and who is trying to use you
  • A prideful heart is dangerous
  • Learning to love is the greatest gift

This is an excellent book and one that I have enjoyed numerous times over the years.