Dec 142012
 

the cat the came home

The Cat Who Came Back for Christmas: How a Cat Brought a Family the Gift of Love
Non-Fiction/Autism
Plume (September 25, 2012)
Published by The Penguin Group
Trade Paperback: 288 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0452298781

The Cat Who Came Back for Christmas: How a Cat Brought a Family the Gift of Love

George was a handful at first, crying for hours on end, never sleeping. Julia tried everything to please her son. He then grew to be withdrawn and quiet, in his own little world. George was finally diagnosed as autistic and even with a diagnosis things didn’t get any easier. Until one day a small black and white stray cat appeared in their garden and George’s face just lit up. He named the kitty Ben and George started to open up to his mother. He was like a different little boy. Until one day when Ben disappeared.

Dollycas’s Thoughts
This was a very heartwarming story. Animals can have a profound effect in people no matter what they may be facing. 

As a mom with several cats in residence this is very clear to me and when one disappears it can break your heart. This happened to at our house twice this year. Back in the summer heat my cat Sherlock got outside and was missing for about a week. When he came back he was very sick and dehydrated. That was when we were receiving record high temperatures. Today he still has little wombles but he is back at my side every day. I missed him so much.

My daughter with the original Watson.

My daughter with the original Watson.

Then about 6 weeks ago my daughter’s cat Watson went out exploring. He did this a lot and was always waiting on the porch the next morning. But not this time. He has still not come home and we have posted notices, call the vets in the area and the humane society’s and posted online at missing pet sites. Last week we were sent a picture on Facebook and we were sure it was our Watson. My daughter rushed to pick him up. When she arrived she knew it wasn’t him but the people didn’t want this cat so she bought him home. She calls him Watson 2.0. He has not taken Watson’s place but he has healed her heart a bit. After reading this story I am still holding out hope the our Watson will make his way home to us. What better time than Christmas.

Julia goes way beyond anything we did. She never gave up and answered every call and kept searching. My only question I had was how George blamed his mother totally for Ben’s disappearance when the cat was in his father’s care at the time. His father was not a constant figure in his life so maybe he didn’t feel he could last out at him the same way as his mom. There is still so much we don’t know about autism but Julia gives us an inside look. 

Looking for a stocking stuffer for cat lover, this book would make a great gift. You might want to include a small box of tissues.

just you and a friend
4 STARFISH

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Review: My Father At 100 by Ron Reagan

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Jul 102012
 


My Father at 100: A Memoir

Plume
Published by The Penguin Group

My Father at 100


Ron Reagan celebrates the centenary of his father’s birth by taking us on a trip to the small towns that made his father the man we know as one of the most beloved presidents in history. Ron traveled to these towns and shares his experiences along with many stories he heard his father tell over the years.

The journey before Hollywood, Sacramento and Washington D.C. that shaped Ronald Reagan into the man we got to know later in his life when he hit the public spotlight.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

The love Ron Reagan has for his father just flows off these pages. He takes us back in time and shares with us the life of Ronald Reagan from the very start.

This is not a book about Ronald Reagan the politician or Ronald Reagan the actor although a bit of that is mentioned. This is a story of Ronald “Dutch” Reagan, the boy, the young man, and how his life growing up in Illinois brought him to be the man we came to know as an actor, a Governor and a President, from the very beginning when his ancestors came to the United States. Ronald Reagan, the child of a what would be called today a dysfunctional family became a local hero, the lifeguard and the football player. A man who even when everything was against him he always tried to do what was right. He set a very high standard for himself and while like all of us, he had is faults, he tried to be the best he could be every day and in every way.

This book is a loving tribute by a son about his father. Ron Jr. admits he didn’t completely understand his father and wishes he would have listened closer to his dad’s stories and spent more time talking about the past before the Alzheimer’s started to take over. I think this book turned in a different direction than what was originally planned. He may have had some unresolved conflict he needed to work out after his dad passed away. Not only did the readers learn much about Ronald “Dutch” Reagan but the author did as well.


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About This Author
Ronald Prescott “Ron” Reagan (born May 20, 1958) sometimes known as Ronald Reagan Jr., is a former talk radio host and political analyst for KIRO radio and later, Air America Radio. His Ron Reagan Show was a daily three-hour show broadcast from 6–9 PM (ET). He is notable for his liberal or progressive views, despite being the son of a conservative icon, President Ronald Reagan.

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Jun 062012
 

Following Atticus:
Forty-Eight High Peaks, One Little Dog, and an Extraordinary Friendship

William Morrow
An Imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Available Now

Following Atticus: Forty-Eight High Peaks, One Little Dog, and an Extraordinary Friendship


 

Tom Ryan describes himself as middle-aged, overweight and an acrophobic newspaperman. He and his canine companion, miniature schnauzer, Atticus M. Finch, are an unlikely pair of mountaineers. Tom was drawn to the New Hampshire peaks by some childhood memories. When a close friend dies of cancer he decides to climb all 48 four thousand foot peaks twice in one winter as a tribute to her and to raise money for charity. It is an adventure of a lifetime and will test both the man and the dog’s endurance. They trek miles on the dangerous trails covered in snow and ice. The weather becomes an enemy as snow and cold can keep them off the trails as they try to complete this difficult challenge.

Dollycas’s Thoughts
What an inspiring story!!! An incredible journey, just a man and his dog. Perseverance, determination, strength of mind and body. This 5 pound little puppy worked its way into Tom Ryan’s heart and they will both work their way into yours.

I found several interesting things in the book. The first was the breeder’s advice to Tom to carry the pup wherever he went for the first month to bond with the pup. I had never heard that before but Tom and Atticus’s relationship proves how well it works.

 

The second was the education of The White Mountains. Living in Wisconsin I didn’t know much about them at all except that they were there 🙂 After reading the book I checked out some sources online and there is a lot of information about hiking and the The Appalachian Mountain Club. After reading this book I wish I was able to hike the mountains myself.

Tom Ryan changed his life and his story could change yours. Whether it be climbing actual mountains or the mountains we all face in every day life. Attitcus was like “The Little Engine That Could”, he didn’t know he was so small and he led Tom up those mountains like an animal 100 times his size.

This is not a story you will soon forget. You will want to share the wonder of it with your friends and family. It receives my highest recommendation!

Dollycas

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