On Useless Trivia and Facts

When I read Stephen Dau's The Book of Jonas my first reaction was that I didn't have much in common with the main character. I was born in North America. I've only ever experienced war through books and movies. It didn't seem like there was much on the surface that Jonas and I would have in common....more
I definitely often view my memory as this harddrive with a limited amount of space. As I get ... more

The Money and Food Connection

Perhaps the way I saw myself most in Geneen Roth's memoir, Lost and Found, was the way I least wanted to -- the money and food connection. It's an issue I've examined before and would really prefer not to do it again. I want to hide it in a closet and not think about it much the same way Roth funneled her money into her Bernie Madoff savings account and well... we all know how that turned out. ...more
I did make a connection with food and money though  not exactly the same as the authors. My ... more

Each Story is Different

Stephen Dau's The Book of Jonas is about a story that needed to be told. Jonas hid from his story because, I believe, he didn't want to remember it. Rose sought his story because she felt that it was really important to her. Neither of them could move forward until the story was told. ...more
One of the great things about having a personal blog is that you can tell your story. You can ... more

Do You Trust Your Memory?

Memory plays a big role in Stephen Dau's The Book of Jonas. Can we deny our memories? What happens when all we have left of someone are the memories? And most of all, can we trust our memories? ...more
Memory is definitely a tricky thing. While I would like to think my memory of something is ... more

Would You End Up With More Money?

I really try not to think about money too much. If I think about it too much I end up going down the path of questioning if we have enough, if we are doing the right things with our money, if we spend too much of it, etc. I'm sure many of you know the drill. In her memoir, Lost and Found, Geneen Roth performed an exercise at a retreat that stopped me in my tracks and totally flummoxed me. ...more
I think I would have ended up with less money. But more because I was trying to do the exercise ... more

Finding Myself in "Lost and Found"

Confession: I was really reluctant to read Geneen Roth's Lost and Found: One Woman's Story of Losing Her Money and Finding Her Life. I kept putting it off, saying I'd just read another book first. Or I'd read it after I finished doing something else. I was reluctant to read it and avoided it for the very reason I needed to read it -- it was going to make me think about my relationship with money. ...more
I hate a love/hate relationship with this book because it made me uneasy reading it since I knew ... more

Losing Everything and Seeking Truth

In Stephen Dau's novel The Book of Jonas, there is a lot of loss. Jonas loses pretty much everything. Rose feels as though she's lost almost as much. Yet they deal with loss in very different ways. Jonas walks away from it while Rose makes it a central part of her life. ...more
I thought Stephen Dau did such a great job contrasting the different ways people deal with such ... more

Money is Expensive

After finishing Geneen Roth's Lost and Found: One Woman's Story of Losing Her Money and Finding Her Life, I had a whole lot of thoughts about money floating in my head. I think there's one that will stick with me for a long, long time and that's the idea that we pay for money, and it's expensive. ...more
I definitely agree that we pay for money in moments! It's something I feel like I'm getting more ... more