Hourglass by Dani Shapiro, a Book Review.

I love the genre of memoir. I have written and published two of them. I have the material ready for three or four more.

By hook and by crook, I found a famous author who has written several memoirs. At first blush, the most interesting one to me was entitled Hourglass. It consists of her reflections on time at midlife and marriage.

I love adding ideal quotations from others at appropriate points in my writing. She does as well and does it superbly.

She beautifully weaves a story of the ups and downs of an 18-year marriage with one child. There are also the fickle winds, of responses from entertainment folk, in movies and t.v. as they are both writers, in part, for the entertainment industry.

The book is a lovely tapestry to which the reader can relate about 18 years of marriage, raising a child, and growing older, the Hourglass.

I highly recommend it to the reader, particularly those who love this genre.

H. Robert Rubin, best selling Amazon memoirist with two books available on Amazon, Look Backward Angel and How Did I Get Through This?

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Thoughts on Relationship as We Enter the Last Year of the Teens

We are in the midst of several days of something too rare in this desert, continued rain. My spouse Kristine and I have spent 99 % of our married life together in southern California. It is a desert that is topographically not unlike modern Israel. I am 100% Ashkenazi or Eastern European Jew. She is 100% European non-Jew.

I love the desert climate here. I suppose it’s in my genes, or is that jeans, the invention of a Jewish entrepreneur in 19th century northern California, Levi.

Kris tolerates the relatively non- seasonal climate. She doesn’t like visiting the pure, desert climate of Arizona. Winters to her artistic eye (She is a painter) are too bright when the sun is shining.

It was George Bernard Shaw who claimed, “Marriage is an alliance entered into by a man who can’t sleep with the window shut, and a woman who can’t sleep with the window open. “ Sure a 41 year marriage has its obstacles.

On the other hand years of unhealthy inbreeding including my paternal grandparents, who were cousins, have been broken in our adult children. How beautifully the two disparate trees have come together in our children and figuratively in Kristine and me.  The differences are both the cause of difficulty and the foundation of the good times. Life’s like that. Don’t you think?

H. Robert Rubin, Amazon best selling memoirist with two books available on Amazon, Look Backward Angel and How Did I Get Through This?

Andy Murray’s Turning Point

It was a beautiful day in July 2012. Arguably the finest British tennis player in the history of the sport was playing his heart out against THE MAESTRO, Roger Federer. The 25 year old Scot was cool, calculating and courageous. Despite winning the first set of this Wimbledon final, victory that day was beyond Andy’s grasp.

After the match he spoke before the Wimbledon crowd. Andy praised Roger for his seventh Wimbledon title. Then he showed the world what kind of heart was driving his brand of excellence and dedication.

For years the press had talked about his burden of expectation coming from the English fans. It had been 76 years since a Brit had won their cherished tournament.

Andy told the crowd to the contrary that their whole-hearted support was a huge advantage that he deeply appreciated. He underscored that it had enhanced his ability to succeed in this revered tourney. Not an eye was dry including those in the royal box.

I said to myself as tears rolled down my cheeks that this man was ready to win his home title. I am sure I was not alone. True to form, that is just what occurred the following summer.

He is about to retire with unmitigating hip pain some time this year. Both his speech and his game will long be remembered in the annals of this beautiful sport. Andy, we will miss you.

H. Robert Rubin, Amazon best selling memoirist with two books available on Amazon, Look Backward Angel and How Did I Get Through This?

Charger Turnaround Time after Twelve Years

It was 1/14/07. The Chargers were playing the Patriots at Gillette Stadium in the playoffs. Marlon McCree intercepted Tom Brady late in the fourth quarter with about six minutes left. The game appeared perhaps over given LaDanian Tomlinson’s effective running that could eat up minutes on the clock. Instead of falling on the ball, on instinct, McCree ran up field where a Patriot SLUGGED the ball out of his hands. The Patriots recovered and scored twice to win. One of the greatest Charger teams ever assembled lost a heartbreaker.

Today, 1/6/19, about 12 years have passed. Late in today’s wild card playoff game against the Ravens, the Chargers were trying to stop a potential game winning last minute drive by the Ravens.  

Before that with the Ravens playing 4th quarter catch-up defender Davis for the Chargers had and dropped a likely game ending interception near the goal line. But at least he broke up the play.

Later an offensive lineman, Russell Okung, for the Chargers on a key possession play illegally held the opposition. As a result the Chargers lost a first down, a costly loss that returned the ball a play later to the win-hungry Baltimore Ravens.

It was time for the last minute final showdown. The Ravens were moving up field. Suddenly a rookie linebacker for the Chargers, Uchenna Nwosu, barreled into the backfield. As Lamar Jackson brought the ball back to pass Nwosu SLUGGED the ball out of his hands. Charger Melvin Ingram recovered. GAME OVER.

Ironically it is the Patriots the Chargers play next week in that same Gillette Stadium. To the victor belongs a shot at the AFC title and later the Lombardi Trophy. Let it not be forgotten that Anthony Lynn, the Charger head coach, is slowly becoming one of the greatest Charger coaches to ever take on those pressure filled reins. He can solidify that view with a win this Sunday.