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Theodore Rex by Edmund Morris
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This was a wonderful and very detailed biography of Teddy Roosevelt, and I would very much recommend the Morris trilogy, HOWEVER, I highly recommend reading David McCullough's "A Sailor on Horseback" first, as it gives a much better picture of Roosev ...more
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Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
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This is an amazing story, and one well-told. A worthy read, about many ways he was."unbroken."
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How to Ride a Dragon's Storm by Cressida Cowell
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This was absolutely one of my favorites in the series. Love the audiobook version.
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Tattoos on the Heart by Gregory Boyle
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This is a very powerful book, not without humor.
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The River of Doubt by Candice Millard
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This is actually a really phenomenal story, a real page turner, and I can't help wondering: (1) Why had I never heard this story before, and (2) Why has this not been made into a movie by Steven Spielberg? If you're looking for a good biography/adven ...more
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How to Break a Dragon's Heart by Cressida Cowell
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I actually really enjoyed this one.
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The River of Doubt by Candice Millard
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Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher by Timothy Egan
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This is a truly amazing story you absolutely need to read. Whether you know it or not, everything you know about North American Indians you learned from Ed Curtis. Seriously. Amazing. Story.
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A Hero's Guide to Deadly Dragons by Cressida Cowell
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Eleanor Roosevelt
“Many people will walk in and out of your life, but only true friends will leave footprints in your heart”
Eleanor Roosevelt

Groucho Marx
“Learn from the mistakes of others. You can never live long enough to make them all yourself.”
Groucho Marx

“You probably wouldn’t worry about what people think of you if you could know how seldom they do.”
Olin Miller

Eleanor Roosevelt
“What could we accomplish if we knew we could not fail?”
Eleanor Roosevelt

Stephen R. Covey
“But until a person can say deeply and honestly, "I am what I am today because of the choices I made yesterday," that person cannot say, "I choose otherwise.”
Stephen R. Covey, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change

Personal Narrative Essays (Nonfiction)
1 chapters   —   updated Aug 24, 2012 05:28PM
Description: Personal narrative essays written by me at various times in my life about various events. I am nothing if not an introspective persons...
Providence and Perspective (Religion & Spirituality)
1 chapters   —   updated Aug 24, 2012 05:28PM
Description: An essay written to a friend at church on the concept of "providence." The recipient of this letter is not clear -- possibly a friend, possibly one of the pastors? Clearly a friend at church though, as she would understand the YA LDG is a reference to my adult Sunday School class. What is very interesting is that this was written on the day I stood before Session to become a member of my present church congregation. Perhaps this was written for me alone and never sent at all??? Perhaps this was written later in the evening AFTER I stood before Session??? I do not remember which.
Where have all the Christians gone -- the 20-something falloff (Religion & Spirituality)
1 chapters   —   updated Aug 24, 2012 05:26PM
Description: This was an essay written to a friend at church to synthesize my beliefs on WHY people in my age range are "missing" in most church congregations. I show that it was orignally drafted 20 September 2006, with this version saved (finalized) on 23 September 2006.
Collected Poems (Poetry)
2 chapters   —   updated Aug 24, 2012 05:24PM
Description: Collected poems (in no particular order) written in various moments of my life
Drawer of "Odds-and-Ends" (Literature & Fiction)
1 chapters   —   updated Aug 24, 2012 05:21PM
Description: Various pieces that somehow stand alone, but seem part of an unmaterialized larger work...the odds-and-ends
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