Wisdom

Expecting Adam

By Martha Beck

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"From the moment Martha and her husband, John, accidentally conceived their second child, all hell broke loose. They were a couple obsessed with success...They had two Harvard degrees apiece and were gunning for more...When their unborn son, Adam, was diagnosed with Down syndrome, doctors, advisers, and friends in the Harvard community warned them that if they decided to keep the baby, they would lose all hope of achieving their carefully crafted goals. Fortunately, that's exactly what happened."

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If I Live to be 100: Lessons from the Centenarians

By Neenah Ellis, editor

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A series of interviews with 19 people who talked about their 100+ years of life. Some are funny, many are inspirational, and all are fascinating.
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Gift from the Sea

By Anne Morrow Lindbergh

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"In this inimitable, beloved classic--graceful, lucid and lyrical--Anne Morrow Lindbergh shares her meditations on youth and age; love and marriage; peace, solitude and contentment as she set them down during a brief vacation by the sea. Drawing inspiration from the shells on the shore, Lindbergh's musings on the shape of a woman's life bring new understanding to both men and women at any stage of life. A mother of five, an acclaimed writer and a pioneering aviator, Lindbergh casts an unsentimental eye on the trappings of modernity that threaten to overwhelm us: the time-saving gadgets that complicate rather than simplify, the multiple commitments that take us from our families. And by recording her thoughts during a brief escape from everyday demands, she helps readers find a space for contemplation and creativity within their own lives. With great wisdom and insight Lindbergh describes the shifting shapes of relationships and marriage, presenting a vision of life as it is lived in an enduring and evolving partnership."

Also available in large print and on audio.

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All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten: Uncommon Thoughts on Common Things

By Robert Fulghum

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Robert Fulghum takes life down to its basics in terms of getting along with each other. His philosophy is common-sense, often humorous, and heartwarming.
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Seven Life Lessons of Chaos: Spiritual Wisdom from the Science of Change

By John Briggs and F. David Peat

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The authors of another popular book on the science of chaos, Turbulent Mirror, give us more food for thought here. For example, the butterfly effect is the phenomenon of a tiny action, when amplified throughout a system, having unexpectedly disproportionate effects. They write that, "Paradoxically, the insights of the newest science share the vision of the world presented in many of the world's oldest indigenous and spiritual traditions." I found it easy to read and enlightening.
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