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A Book to Read and Love: Marie Antoinette: An Intimate History - Melanie Clegg

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A short summary of Marie Antoinette: The life and times of France's last queen.

Questions to ponder while reading Marie Antoinette: Have you ever wanted to be the queen?
How do revolutions begin?
My thoughts about Marie Antoinette:  A conversational look into a misunderstood queen.
Sympathetic and easy to read.
I love a good history book.

A Book to Read and Love: Survivors in Mexico - Rebecca West

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A short summary of Survivors in Mexico: Rebecca's observations in Mexico.


Questions to ponder while reading Survivors in Mexico: Is any country easily explained?
Did you find the culture as fascinating as I did?
My thoughts on Survivors in Mexico: Entertaining observations.
Rich in character exploration.
I wish she had gotten to finish the book.

A Meditation in Ink: Meditation 11.7.18

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Dear Henry, 

I feel bad for Betty White.
Hear me out before you boo me.  I just saw (another) meme about Betty White's age. There are 500 billion (I exaggerate) memes out there of thing that Betty White is older than.
I would hate to have to get up every day and be reminded of these things.  
Fortunately, Betty White has such a good sense of humor about it.  She is a truly amazing woman.
xoxo a.d.

A Book to Read and Love: Gabby: A Story Of Courage And Hope by Gabrielle Giffords and Mark Edward Kelly - Summary & Review

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A short summary of the book Gabby: Learning to live after a near-fatal event.

Questions I pondered while reading Gabby: Why does crap like this happen?
Could I ever hope to be that tenacious?
My thoughts about Gabby: Life is unpredictable.
Hug your loved ones.
Gabby for the win!




A Book to Read and Love: Elizabeth the Queen - The Life of a Modern Monarch By Sally Bedell Smith - Summary & Review

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A short summary of the book Elizabeth the Queen: The life of Britain's longest reigning monarch.


Questions I pondered while reading Elizabeth the Queen: How much of my life would I give up for my country?
Would England be England without the Queen?
My thoughts about Elizabeth the Queen: I do not envy the Queen's responsibilities
I do envy her stable and cars.
*sigh* I suppose you can't have one without the other.





A Book to Read and Love: M Train by Patti Smith - Summary & Review

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A short summary of the book M Train: 18 stops of Patti's train.
Questions I pondered while reading M Train: Can Earl Grey replace black coffee?
Can I find as much mythical in the mundane?
My thoughts about M Train: I want to see Patti's New York.
I want to visit a mythical Chinese restaurant.
I want to buy a boat for a clubhouse.

A Book to Read and Love:Jackie Bouvier Kennedy Onassis - A life by Donald Spoto - Summary & Review

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A short summary of the book Jackie Bouvier Kennedy Onassis: Poise during a public tragedy.
Questions I pondered while reading Jackie Bouvier Kennedy Onassis: Why do we require public figures to share so much of their life?
How does one develop that type of poise?
My thoughts about Jackie Bouvier Kennedy Onassis: Jackie is the queen of "Keep Calm and Carry On"




A Book to Read and Love: I am Malala by Malala Yousafzai and Christina Lamb - Summary & Review

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A short summary of the book I am Malala: My fight for an education.

Questions I pondered while reading I am Malala: How can we encourage education?
How can we end disagreements without violence?
My thoughts about I am Malala: A brave young woman.
We need more brave young women.
We need to value the brave young women we have.



A Book to Read and Love: Wishful Drinking by Carrie Fisher - Summary & Review

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A short summary of the book Wishful Drinking:
Hi! My name is Carrie and I am an addict with a mental illness.

Questions I pondered while reading Wishful Drinking: If one in four people have a mental illness - why are they such a secret?
Doesn't everyone have at least one vice?
My thoughts Wishful Drinking: It takes courage to put hats on your skeletons and invite them to dance.
Bonus points to Carrie for making the dance funny.



Frida Kahlo

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Frida Kahlo, a painter from Mexico City, survived the un-survivable.  In 1925 she was nearly killed in an accident between a bus and a trolley.  She broke her spinal column, collar bone, some ribs, her pelvis, shattered her right leg  ( my personal definition of shattered,  I believe 11 fractures in one limb qualifies as shattered ), crushed her right foot, dislocated her right shoulder and pierced through her abdomen by a handrail.  She had to endure  medical treatment  for the remainder of her life, as many as 35 surgeries  and ultimately the amputation of her right leg below the knee.

I would be hard pressed to come up with a favorite, although I do have eight that I especially love (in no particular order).

What Water Gave MeRootsTree of HopeWithout HopeFlower of LifeSelf Portrait with BonitoMemory
Her work is a vibrant diary of her life.  She took her pain and made it beautiful.
miablu dictu
Sources:
Biography.com
Frida Kahlo Foundation


A Book to Read and Love:The Story of My Life: Helen Keller - Summary & Review

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