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“The misery with them all…”

I try to read A Christmas Carol this time every year πŸŽ„ to glean its lessons anew. Ebenezer Scrooge is a nice little annual kick in the butt!

This year, Marley’s ghost and his minions especially spoke out to me. πŸ‘»

The misery with them all was, clearly, that they sought to interfere, for good, in human matters, and had lost the power for ever.

The story is not just about being a better person and having some heart, but is also about the pain of regret: failing to impact the world for the better while you have the chance.

No space of regret can make amends for one life’s opportunity misused.

I definitely recommend the Patrick Stewart reading of this book. He brings out the urgency and freshness of it, even though the book is nearly 200 years old!

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The 50 Best Memoirs

Some of my very favorite books are memoirs…  I Suck at Girls, The Last Black Unicorn, Me Talk Pretty One Day, Yes Please, it goes on and on. A member is like living someone else’s life for a while. Or even better… just the funny, inspiring, painful, or embarrassing parts. You learn a bit about someone you admire and usually their struggle and their particular outlook on life.

So I’m adding a link to the 50 best memoirs (according to the Ney York Times, but who else would you even ask?) to my fledgling book section. Now I have 50 more amazing books to eventually read but probably never will. πŸ˜‚