Sandy’s Gift: Walking with the Light by William P. Dunn IV | Review

Sandy’s Gift: Walking with the Light is the tragic story of a once young and happy wife and mother whose life was turned upside down by mental illness. Not only her life but the lives of her husband and two daughters took bizarre turns.

No one lifted hand to help, the law turned its back, her husband’s efforts to find her the help she needed were blocked at every step.

I have posted my review on Puddletown Reviews and offer a link here as this memoir is one that will perhaps someone you know. Feel free to share it wherever you will.

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Assimilate or Go Home: Notes from a Failed Missionary on Rediscovering Faith by D.L. Mayfield | Book Review

Before beginning this book review, I want to point out that my scheduling of this book for review was well in place before the Executive Order signed on Friday, January 27, 2017, went into effect. However, Divine Providence likely knew of the events to come, and as D.L. Mayfield’s memoir shares the author’s experiences working with and living among refugees and immigrants in my hometown, Portland, Oregon, it is definitely a good time to look at what Mayfield’s thoughts and reactions are to her experiences.

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Five Ingredients Memoir Writers Must Have

Storage of kitchen utensils

Ingredients, you say?

Writing a good, perhaps great memoir requires a map or recipe. Any good recipe has a combination of ingredients which in the end equal what the cook hopes to present to her dinner guests, or in terms of memoirists, what we want to present to the reading public.

While I’ve been resting and healing these past few months, I’ve had time to ponder the reworking of my memoir. What is it lacking? What have I left out? Could I have mixed those ingredients a little differently to get a better result?

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What Americans Can Learn from Israel and the IDF | Guest Post by Dorit Sasson PLUS Giveaway

welcome, Dorit Sasson!

Accidental Soldier, A Memoir by Dorit SassonToday it is my pleasure to welcome to my blog, author Dorit Sasson. Dorit’s memoir, Author of Accidental Soldier: A Memoir of Service and Sacrifice in the Israel Defense Forces, is concurrently on tour with a number of guest posts. Therefore, I feel fortunate to have her visit during this extra busy timer. Dorit brings a message of what we as Americans can learn from Israel and the IDF. Perhaps this sounds like a rather sobering topic but Dorit presents her story in such a way that we each may find hope and a way to make a difference.

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When Breath Becomes Air, a Memoir by Paul Kalanithi | A Review

when breath becomes air, a memoirTHE NEW YORK TIMES NUMBER ONE BESTSELLER

‘Finishing this book and then forgetting about it is simply not an option…Unmissable’ New York Times

At the age of thirty-six, on the verge of completing a decade’s training as a neurosurgeon, Paul Kalanithi was diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer. One day he was a doctor treating the dying, the next he was a patient struggling to live.

When Breath Becomes Air chronicles Kalanithi’s transformation from a medical student asking what makes a virtuous and meaningful life into a neurosurgeon working in the core of human identity – the brain – and finally into a patient and a new father.

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Timeline Story: 5. My Writing Abilities Carry Me from Medicine to the Law and Beyond

This is the fifth post in a series sharing my Timeline Story, a look at the events, experiences and occupations that have contributed to shaping my business and writing abilities to the present. The first post is found at this link, second here, third, and fourth.

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Writing Abilities Move Me Up in Medical Community

When I left you in the fourth installment of my timeline story, I was leaving my first job in the medical field as an assistant to the Chair of the Anatomy Department of Vanderbilt Medical School. Until I felt more confident in my writing abilities, I chose to stay in the same field and searched the Nashville papers for openings in private medicine. After all, I did not want to be written out of a grant again.

Postcard of St. Thomas Hospital

St. Thomas Hospital in Nashville, TN
Via CardCow.com

I was fortunate to land a job managing the practice of an outstanding cardiologist in Nashville, who was also head of the Cardiology Department at St. Thomas Hospital, ironically the hospital in which I was born. Half of my salary came from the hospital plus their benefits, while the good doctor paid the other half. It was a perfect place to land.

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