Creative: Strengthen Your Spirit
Need to Read
Feel a need to read? Check this list:
How to Change the World by David Bornstein
An account of remarkable people from around the world who step up to find a way to solve social problems in their community - everyday people who do not wait around for someone else to take care of the issue - and along the way become social entrepreneurs extraordinaire. If you’ve ever said to yourself, “How can I help?” this book will give you the courage to take action.
David Bornstein writes a column for the NewYork Times blog, “Fixes”.
Middlemarch by George Eliot
Looking for a good therapist? Pick up a copy of Middlemarch, give yourself a few months to read it slowly, savoring the lessons you will come upon in the art of decision-making, developing relationships, setting personal values, and learning from mistakes - your own and others. At the end of your journey through Middlemarch, your pool of strength will have deepened.
The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
Hemingway. What can I say? A man of few words and much wisdom. Go with the old man out to sea and you will return knowing how to face defeat with your dignity intact.
The Optimist’s Daughter by Eudora Welty
One of my favorite writers whose voice resonates with love for family. Her stories take us to a place we all can call home.
Travels with Charley by John Steinbeck
This is how to take a road trip: Prepare a vehicle equipped for the journey. Dog rides shotgun. Back roads. Observe. Engage with locals. Take your time.
Portrait of a Lady by Henry James
If you want to learn how to paint a portrait with words, study this novel. Henry James is the master at beautifying words on paper.
Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass by Frederick Douglass
“Believe in yourself” is often said to provide encouragement to one who feels a lack of confidence. After hearing those simple words, how do you put that concept into practice? Read Frederick Douglass’ autobiography and you will find out how to believe in yourself, understand your potential, and carry out your life’s purpose.
Old Mother Westwind’s Children by Thornton W. Burgess
This is my favorite children’s book series written by an author from Sandwich, MA circa 1910. A collection of stories about forest animals and how they get along (or not). The books teach children to tolerate one another’s differences. Burgess was a renowned environmentalist and threaded messages throughout his stories of how to take care of the earth. Great bedtime stories for you, your spouse, your children and grandchildren!
I Stand Here Ironing (in Tell Me a Riddle) by Tillie Olsen
This story is one of four in Tell Me A Riddle. Olsen draws a picture of motherhood with poverty as the frame. Read it and you will feel a mother’s love for her daughter. Good story to read round the table on Mother’s Day.
Travelers’ Tales The Series
If you are planning a trip, forget the usual guidebooks, and stock up on Traveler's Tales where you will find out how things are really done in the foreign land you plan to visit. Humor goes along as your main sidekick.
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