Same kind of different as me …

“A dangerous homeless drifter who grew up picking cotton in virtual slavery.

An upscale art dealer accustomed to the world of Armani and Chanel.

A gutsy woman with a stubborn dream.

A story so incredible no novelist would dare dream it.

That’s a description of the book Same Kind of Different as Me, which I just finished reading.  It’s a another must-read: a tremendously powerful story about friendship, hope, new beginnings, survival and spirituality.

Check it out for yourself.


Making toast: a must read!

This week I had the true privilege of reading Making Toast: A Family Story.  It’s eassyist Roger Rosenblatt’s personal narrative on family life after the loss of his beloved daughter, Amy.  The cover of the book includes this quote from E.L. Doctorow:

A painfully beautiful memoir telling how grandparents are made over into parents, how people die out of order, how time goes backward.  Written with such restraint to be both heartbreaking and instructive.”

Definitely Making Toast is a must-read, and that’s an understatement.


Listening to a lively commentary

One of the columns I enjoy most in our hometown newspaper, the Austin American-Statesman, is from Rev. Bob Lively, Teacher-in-Residence at First Presbyterian Church in Austin.  Pastor Bob’s commentary for this week was a true blessing for me in that the subject matter was the Journeys of Heartache and Grace: Conversations and Life Lessons from Young People with Serious Illnesses book.  Certainly I am grateful for the attention called to the book.  Hopefully you’ll enjoy the column and remember to search out Bob’s future articles.

With gratitude, Melody

The Extraordinary Oscar!

Books on end-of-life times are not always plentiful nor good.  That’s not the case with a book I recently had the pleasure of reading entitled Making Rounds with Oscar: The Extraordinary Gift of an Ordinary Cat by David Dosa, M.D.  The book is just like the title suggests: extraordinary, and I recommend it to all!

Happy summertime reading,


Growing Up with Pat.

One of my workout friends from The Hills in Austin, Texas is Patricia Riggs Flathouse, a fabulous writer who has a new book out entitled Growing Up in the Texas Panhandle.  As mentioned by a National Public Radio reporter who recently interviewed Pat, the book is a “glimpse into the history of small-town Texas life in the 1940’s and 1950’s.  Author Pat Flathouse shares her philosophy on writing and surprise guest Emma Flathouse, Pat’s granddaughter, gives us her impressions of growing up in the Texas Panhandle in the 21st Century.”  The story is outstanding, and I thought you might be interested.  Also check out Pat’s excellent blog entitled Pat’s Place.

Enjoy.  Melody

Pure Soapbox/Pure Fun …

One of the terrific authors in Austin whom I know is Kimberlie Dykeman.  The incredibly-talented Kimberlie has written a terrific new book called Pure SoapBox, published by Wiggy Press , that offers a “cleansing jolt of perspective, motivation, and humor”.  As Kimberlie expains: Pure Soapbox is an “assemblage of virtual transmissions I have shared with clients, friends, and complete strangers across the country for years … each concoction has proven a readily devoured truffle of quotable common sense, oozing a Mary Poppins positive energy, yet delivered with a dash of New York, sarcastic flair, and a swift kick in the pants.”

Here’s knowing that periodically we all could benefit from a swift kick in the pants.  Pure Soapbox is indeed, pure soapbox , and I recommend it highly! 

Happy Reading – Melody