― Ralph Waldo Emerson,
Mickey Mouse was born 88 years ago from the pen of Walt Disney. He and I have shared the date for 76 years! Embrace your birthdays! We are not getting older...we are getting wiser! We have another opportunity to accomplish amazing things! When I was teaching, I had a quote I always attributed to Eleanor Roosevelt on my wall. "Today is the first day of the rest of your life"! I don't know where I saw it to give her the credit and it was a great catalyst for discussion with my kids. Of course, that was pre-Google days, so this morning I googled it and lo! and Behold! it is NOT attributed to her...it is said to be a quote from Charles Dederich, a reformed alcoholic who founded Synanon, a rehab program with a shady past established in the '60s! If you are interested in knowing more about the man and the movement, I have linked you to a New York times article published in 1997 at the the time of man's death. After reading about him and wanting to give credit where credit is due, I am kind of glad I innocently credit Eleanor because I do think it is a great quote....words to live by!
I also wanted to post about a couple other things. I have finished the next book for my Villa Book Club. "The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry" by Gabrielle Zevin. It is about a man, a bit of a recluse, who owns a bookstore. Each chapter begins with a blurb by Fikry about a book he is critiquing...real books. Very good read...I give it four stars. When we meet to discuss it in December, we are actually going to an independent bookstore!
|Book Cover for Bookclub Choice|