Book Excerpts: Reinventing Mona by Jennifer Coburn

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Reinventing Mona

” . . . I ended up having to put Hot Slut on my spam blocker, which is the electronic version of a restraining order. . . .”

Clever.  I like it!

” . . . What’s useless is sitting around wondering what might have been, because what might have been is what is.  The grass may look greener on the other side of the fence, but grass is basically grass. . . .”

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Book Excerpts: One Mountain Away by Emilie Richards

[Originally posted as a page on Sunday October 29, 2012; transferred to a standard post on Thursday, January 3, 2013]

One Mountain Away

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I’ll admit I began this journal reluctantly.  A therapist on my cancer treatment team recommended I keep one.  She told me to look back at what I’ve done, what I’ve gained, what I’ve lost.  I was supposed to find ways to say hello and ways to say goodbye.

. . .

Marriage demands a level of intimacy that permanently changes us.

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… the eleventh commandment – Thou Shalt Not Be Thine Own Worst Enemy.

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Optimism wasn’t the same as denial.

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The way we nurture and protect our memories of people who lived before us.  The good they did?  Like those seeds of your grandmother’s, it doesn’t die.  It’s passed from person to person.  It lives on in other forms, in other places, but the essence of what it was at the beginning never changes.

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Life had a way of separating people, of barging in on relationships and insisting there was no time for friendship.

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She said she discovered the only way to help anybody was to walk beside them, not to judge, not to advise, but simply to be there.  She said women have always understood that offering consolation or a listening ear is what really matters, not how much money you throw at a problem — although that can help — but simply being there.”

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Book Excerpts: Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire

Beautiful Disaster

 

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Book Excerpts: The Winter Palace by Eva Stachniak

The Winter Palace

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. . . Days seemed fragmented, broken into odd pieces, a plate too full, a pinching shoe, an empty chair. . . .

. . . May she always be with those who love her.
May she prosper and be safe.
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