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  •  I'm looking forward to reading the book! (11+ / 0-)

    Louise Penny, because of your posts and comments to them, is at the top of the TBR list as soon as I quit gorging on SF. (At the moment, I am over the moon in love with The Dragon and The Coin series by Daniel Abraham, epic fantasy about politics and banking. The plots have some brilliant touches, and the characters are exceptionally interesting and complex.)

    I love this diary's personal notes, too. Reading about strong lifelong relationships reminds of why I tried (and tried again), and makes me feel less stupid and bitter about decades wasted in unhappy marriage/cohabitations. And I was very struck by this:

    I never gave much thought to kindness either way. But since I lost Ed, I find myself making that extra little gesture, giving that extra, deserved compliment to a cashier or customer service rep. I don't know why.
    My circumstances are different, of course, but I find I go out of my way too, in case it might mean something to someone. I think many people would be surprised at how much a person who lives alone might treasure that warmth. Sweet gestures really stand out, I think, when contact with others is reduced. You never know when that cashier or customer service rep is aching for kind words or compliments but has no one in her life s/he can (even if just joking or tacitly) ask for them.

    "A step backward, after making a wrong turn, is a step in the right direction.” Kurt Vonnegut

    by scilicet on Mon Apr 21, 2014 at 10:09:20 PM PDT

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