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Life with Aspergers…

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This is a fascinating look at the life of someone with Asperger’s syndrome.  It is not a textbook study of Aspergers it is simply the story of one man’s life.  Robison tells stories about his life to illustrate what his life was like as a child, young adult, and successful business man. The stories are interesting, funny, brave, sad and honest.Robison was not diagnosed with Aspergers until he was forty.  All his life he was thought of as weird, difficult, social misfit, unable to learn, a trouble-maker.  The list of negatives could go on but the truth is he is odd, difficult, socially inept and a prankster, but intelligent, and a hard worker. He was told he was a failure who would never amount to anything but he has had a successful life in more than one business career, is married, has a son, writes books, consults and speaks about Aspergers.

Robison writes about his family, a mentally ill mother, alcoholic father, and a younger brother. He tells about trying to make friends but having no idea how to, having it suggested by school authorities he should leave school which he did at sixteen.  He tells about the pranks, some very serious that could have been disastrous, and his girlfriend who became his first wife and mother of his son. His awareness that he could fix just about any machine or electric device opens up a whole new world for him. The stories are amazing and are humorous yet often heartbreaking.

When Robison was forty a friend who is a psychologist realized John has Aspergers.  When the friend gives John a book about Aspergers he begins to understand that he is not weird just different and that he can learn social skills and how to look at people and have a conversation. As he begins to understand why he is different he can see himself and the world around him more clearly.  His second wife plays a major part in helping him see that he is perhaps eccentric but not a misfit. She also helps him understand people and how to interact with them.

Some of his accomplishments besides his writing, speaking and consulting are; one of his first jobs was working and traveling with rock bands as a sound and lighting expert, including the band KISS, working for Milton Bradley in research and development of new action toys, and now owning his own business repairing and restoring fine automobiles.

As I said this is not a textbook. It is a memoir told plainly without undue sentimentality.It is not filled with medical jargon or hard to grasp theories. It is just a man telling his story and well worth reading.

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Heaven has a library…

“I have always imagined that Paradise
will be a kind of library.”
Jorge Luis Borges

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I don’t know if Paradise is a kind of library or not but I think there is a library there.   I once read that whatever you need will be in Heaven when you get there.  Since I cannot imagine eternity without books I am going with the thought that there is a library filled with books to make all bookworm’s happy.  But there won’t be any booklouse critters! That would not be heavenly.

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Cold walk and a book…

Not much to chatter about today.
It is still cold but it was beautiful when I went for a walk.
It felt good to be out in the sunshine and wind.
I was dressed for the weather with coat and hat.
You know if you insulate the attic the house stays warmer
and so it is when you wear a hat.
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When I came home I had a big mug of hot chocolate and
curled up in my afghan with a book.
A really good book by David Baldacci.
Memory Man
I have yet to read a book by Baldacci that I didn’t like…a lot.
He writes the kind of book I find hard to put down.
As soon as I finish here I will get back to it.

In fact, I am now finished here.

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A book that taught me…

 52 Weeks of Gratitude
prompt this week
A Book You Learned From

I have read a lot of books and many taught me something.
Yet, when I saw this prompt one book immediately came to mind.

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I read this book the first time when it was published in 1978.
I have read it several times since.

The book is in three parts:
1) The Inward Disciplines
2) The Outward Disciplines
3) The Corporate Disciplines

In each section, the author has treasures to share with the reader.
Probably the most surprising thing I learned from this book
is that discipline is not a dirty word?
It is a beautiful word.

If you are looking for a book to challenge your spiritual life
and learn ways to expand and enhance your worship
read this book.

I am grateful I found this book 37 years ago
and now I am going to read it again.

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The very good, good and not so good…

Somehow I thought I already posted this
but apparently I dreamed it.
So, here are the books I read in January.

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This was really good.  But I have yet to read a Grisham book that I didn’t like.  A young attorney loses her job in a big firm in NYC due to the recession.  She takes a job as an intern with a small law office that does free work for the folks in a small Appalachian town. At first the book was interesting but not one I couldn’t put down.  I kept on because it is a Grisham book.  Glad I did because the last sentence of chapter 22 was a stunner. Totally didn’t expect what happened. The young attorney finds herself in the middle of a legal battle with big coal companies.  There is a killing, lots of lies, her first real trial, and the questions she begins to find answers for about what to do with her life.

dead

This is one of Sandford’s Virgil Flowers books.  Another very good one.  Flowers is a police officer in Minnesota’s Department of Criminal Apprehension. He prefers fishing over work but does find himself in some interesting cases.  In this one, it starts out with Virgil unofficially helping a friend solve some dognappings.  Then there is a murder he is officially assigned to that leads to a professional meth lab  and the school board. Interested?  It is all connected and takes a while to sort out.  But being the cop he is Virgil gets the bad guys.  For some serious crimes taking place, there is a lot of humor.

south

This was a good read and fun for me because I know the author and his wife and most of it takes place here in Columbia where we live.  A handsome but not too successful attorney wins a multi-million dollar case that turns his life into a circus.  His wife leaves him for another woman, he is hired to do legal spots on national tv, tries to help his brother and their sort of adopted brother solve the murder of his mother and a couple other older women in Columbia and enters the singles scene after a long time away.  There is a lot going on in this book with many different story lines and subplots.  It’s worth reading, sweet and funny in spite of the murders.

anne

I have told you a bit about this book before.  It was an ok book just not my cup of tea.  It was interesting in that the author Anne Perry had another life before she was the best-selling mystery writer.  When she was a teenager in New Zealand she and a friend murdered the friend’s mother.  It was a sensational case that got lots of press in the 50’s. The background of the story is rather eerie and frightening.  Anne Perry has paid the price for her crime and has worked to come to terms with what she did.  Her past was a secret for years then her story was found and reopened in the media.

The main emphasis of the book is her writing and the process of how she does it.  There are a lot of references to and quoting from her books.  To me, it just became a bit tedious. One thing I did learn is that I would never make it as a writer if it is as repetitive, aggravating, and boring as the book makes it out to be.

If you read this or have read it do tell me what you think.

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I read 5 books last month…

It’s December 1 and the first Monday of the month.
That means this post is a list of the books I read in November.
There were five.

retribution

This is the seventh in a series about detective Carol Jordan and Tony Hill.  I have not read the other six and I think  if I had I would have not been so frustrated with this one.  I liked it…it’s a good story.  A serial killer is doing his thing and taunting Jordan and Hill.  They had put him in prison for life but somehow he has escaped maximum security. That part of the story is pretty straight forward mystery.  But there is a Carol and Tony back story that kept being alluded to that made me want to know more and how it was shaping this story.  It was a good book and I liked it but that one thing bugged me.

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This was a fun fast read.  Diane Keaton, in all her eccentricities, seems like a normal person.  Someone it would be nice to know.  Lunch could turn into an adventure.  She talks about her kids like any mother does.  She tells funny stories about herself and acknowledges that she was never one to follow the crowd.  The bits about aging were so funny to me.  I guess because I could relate…even if I am not exactly eccentric…just a bit ditsy in my thinking.  It’s an easy afternoon read and women of a certain age will recognize themselves in the pages.

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I have read a book or two by David Rosenfelt and really like his style.  There is lots of humor and realness to his characters.  Andy Carpenter is a lawyer that is unspeakably rich due to an early case and now he doesn’t have to work and doesn’t want to but gets pulled into legal battles because he likes people…for the most part…there are some he likes not much.  This time a good friend of his, police detective Pete Stanton, calls him for help.  Pete is being framed for the murder of an ex-con that Pete has mentored.  The murdered man has a young son and Pete asks Andy to take him in so he won’t go into the child welfare system.  Then Andy becomes Pete’s defense lawyer and surrogate dad to the boy.  The writing is quick-witted and sentimental.  I really liked the book.

sight

I have read several Iris Johansen books and they are always good.  This one she wrote with her son, Roy, and is no exception.  Kendra Michaels was blind until a radical new surgery gave her sight.  Now she is a music therapist and is sometimes called on by the FBI and CIA to help solve the unsolvable.  This is because she has extraordinary power of observation with the ability to see what other people don’t.  Not in a mystical sense but more of an awareness of the ordinary misplaced.  She is called into a case that has a serial killer recreating murders that she solved in the past.  He is doing in a series of steps that will lead to his ultimate victim…her.  I really liked this book.  I could not put it down and the killer was a shock.  I had no clue…I thought I knew but I was so wrong.

girls

Anne Rivers Siddons is a favorite author of mine.  She doesn’t write big splashy exciting novels.  Her books are about people you could know and love.  They are real and honest.  In this book the girls of August were four friends from the days when their husbands were in medical school.  Every August they went somewhere for a week of just the girls kind of stuff.  A few years ago one of them died and the weeks at the beach stopped.  But then the husband of the dead friend remarried and it is decided there will be another week for the girls of August…three of the original four and one newbie.  Each of them comes to the beach house with changes happening in their lives that the others don’t know about.  There is laughter and tempers flare, feelings are hurt and tears are shed.  As with all Siddons book there is a happy if somewhat bittersweet ending.  Worth reading.

So that’s it.

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