Do we really know anyone?

Do you ever wonder about your coworkers, friends, or neighbors?  Who are they really?  Are they what they portray to the world or is there something sinister inside of them?  What deep dark secrets are they hiding?  What traumas or tragedies have they survived?

What about the countless strangers we bump into as we go about our day?  Who are they?  Are they ex-cons, thieves, liars, or murders?  Are they family oriented and community volunteers?  Are they somewhere in the middle?

I wonder about these things.  Do you?

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Play More

Everyone knows playing is important for children, but it is also important for adults.  There are a lot of benefits to playing.

Here are a few examples:

It’s fun.
It’s a great way to reduce stress.
It exercises the brain, improves creativity, and problem solving skills.
It strengthens relationships.

There are a variety of ways adults can participate in playing:  video games, board games, puzzles, sport teams, and host of other activities that could be listed.

Remember to spend time playing today.  It’s good for you.

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Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus

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The book, Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus, was written by Dr. John Gray.  It was published in the 1990’s, and is still popular today.

To be honest, I didn’t like the book.  I found it to be stereotypical and redundant.  The aspect that bothered me the most was the repetitiveness of each concept.  I felt like I was reading the same information in each chapter, with only a slight variation in wording.

Have you read this book?  What did you think about it?

War Horse by Michael Morpurgo

At times, War Horse was a bit difficult to read.  I wanted to reach into the story, grab a few of the characters, and whack them on the head for being cruel or ignorant.  However, all in all it is an excellent story.

The book takes a hard look at dealing with adversity, how friendships help with overcoming struggles, the tenacity required to fight for someone you love (even if your efforts seem wasted), and it explores the power of the human-animal bond.

This is definitely a book worth reading.