Hourglass by Dani Shapiro, a Book Review.

Midlife and memoirs…

Pilgrim on a Long, Long Journey

I love the genre of memoir. I have written and published three of them.

I’ve found a famous author who has written several memoirs. At first blush, the most interesting one is 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 work. She does as well and does it beautifully.

Shapiro weaves a story of the ups and downs of her 18-year marriage with one child. There is also the raw pain of the fickle winds, of responses from entertainment folk, as, they are both writers, in part, for the entertainment industry.

The book is a lovely tapestry in which the reader can in many cases relate to their 18 years of marriage, raising a child to adulthood, and growing older together.

I highly recommend the memoir to the reader, particularly those who love…

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The Enemy of Joy

“The high value put upon every minute of time, the idea of hurry-hurry as the most important objective of living, is unquestionably the most dangerous enemy of joy.” Herman Hesse.

Lord, oh, that thing called patience. Patience is a virtue.

There’s a commercial I just heard where things are rushed and they say impatience is a virtue. If that isn’t the world giving me the wrong message, I’ve never heard one.

Amazon showed us a faster way to receive books. Microsoft showed us a faster way to create and edit our office documents. Bezos and Gates seem to have benefited from our haste. But that doesn’t mean everything in my life should be faster.

I need to savor, precious moments. I need to draw close to God and my loved ones. I need to linger over celebrations as they are a gift from God. Dear Lord, please give me the patience to do that. I am not one who finds I can do that with any level of ease. Amen.