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This post was inspired by Trapped Under the Sea by Neil Swidey. In Boston, five men were sent into a dark, airless, miles-long tunnel below the ocean to do a nearly impossible job that would help clean the once dirtiest harbor in America. Join From Left to Write on February 19th as we discuss Trapped Under the Sea As a member, I received a copy of the book for review purposes.

In life we make plans, grand, beautiful and wonderful plans. Sometimes our plans  knock the socks of those who hear our plans or who watch us as we are carrying out those plans. Then, all of a sudden, something goes wrong, our plans get messed up and we are left lost and wondering what to do. This book reminded me of marriage and the ups and downs of married life. When my husband and I decided to marry about 25 years ago, I told him what I wanted. 
Janeane:     We are getting married and we are going to live happily ever after.
Darren:        What if we don’t?
Janeane:     There is no what if, we are getting married and we are going to live happily ever after. That is it.
Over the course of our married life, we have had ups and downs. The church girl in me, says that we have had peaks and valley experiences. We married when I was 23 (for one whole month) and he was 28 (for one whole day). We built a life together. We purchased a home, graduated from college, law school and grad school. We had children, and saw one of those children go from kindergarten to her freshman year at one of the most prestigious colleges in the country. We had grand plans and looking from the beginning of the marriage to this very day, by all measures, we have succeeded. 

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It is sensational  to love to read. At its simplest level, reading is the act of looking at groups  of letters , determining   that the letters are words and purring those words  together to convey  information. Mist people learn to read when they are children In the beginning we learn to read so we can learn.  Later we read so we can learn. The truly fortunate among us, begin to read simply for the joy of reading.


Today we   have many reading options in both paper books and  ebooks. You can choose to read on your computer, ebook, or even a telephone. My persons al favorite is to read paper books, but most of my reading is done via my eReader . I must admit I like the power of having over 2,000 books in my hand at any given time! More »

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It is sensational to look at a classic book like Herman Mellville’s Moby DIck and learn that sometimes stuff is hard, so suck it up buttercup. About two years ago I read Herman Mellville’s Moby Dick for the first time. I had managed to get through high school, college and law school without ever picking it up. But, with my e-reader in hand I collected as many classic books as my cloud storage could hold and started working my way through them. I have said it before, and I will say it again, Moby Dick is one of the worst books I have ever read and I have literally read thousands upon thousands of books. More »

It is sensational to take a new look at an old classic like the Communist Manifesto. I don’t talk about politics much in this space. That is funny because of all the blog articles I have written, my favorite of all times is an article featuring Karl Marx’s volume – The Communist Manifesto. I read it again recently because it has been almost thirty years since I read it and I have forgotten most of what I read all those years ago. More »

18. July 2014 · 29 comments · Categories: Books, Family · Tags: , ,

advocate for your kids  It is fantastic to know that you can use the skills you use at work to help your children succeed. Each day there are dozens and dozens of articles written about having it all and work life balance. Many of those articles complain about how work interferes with home or home interferes with work. What if instead, some of those articles talked about some of good things work has to offer your home life?  More »

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