Book Review: Watching the Daisies by Brigid P. Gallagher

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I began following a blog entitled Watching the Daisies earlier this year shared by Brigid P. Gallagher and discovered she’d also written a book, Watching the Daisies: Life Lessons on the Importance of Slow, a few years ago. I purchased Ms. Gallagher’s holistic memoir last month and dropped it into my reading queue this week. It came at a great time and helped provide a few clear reminders we should all remember when things get too complex or tough.

Life can be difficult, especially when we encounter illness, pain, and death. It can also be wonderful when we meet new friends, fall in love, or share our days with family. Ms. Gallagher covers it all in this ~50 year memoir of many key events that occurred in her life. One of the biggest impacts I felt from reading her personal insights and history is an acute awareness of how lucky many of us are to have little to no physical pain or be raised by two loving parents who hadn’t died young. The author spent lots of time in hospitals, surgeries and doctors trying to diagnose symptoms that ultimately took a rather long time to discover. Along the path, Gallagher shares her home remedies for dealing with the pain, both mental and physical, as her career develops and she travels throughout the world studying and learning about different medicines, approaches and healing powers. I enjoyed reading about the path she took and felt sadness and happiness with each of her own ups and downs.

From losing family members she loved, to moving back and forth from Ireland and Scotland, to adopting and saying goodbye to many pets, Gallagher shares all the occasions in life that help craft who we are as people. We can face our obstacles with our head held high or sneak away letting no one help us. Gallagher teaches us about medicinal, herbal and other holistic healing options, teases us with trips we want to take in the future, and offers ideas to explore in our own lives on how to be happier and healthier. I next saw the bravery in this woman for not only living through many of the ordeals she’s experienced but in sharing them with readers like me who may have little or no knowledge about the difficulties of a disease or the unknown forces impacting our bodies.

The book is an easy-read with memoir moments, teaching opportunities, and whimsical thoughts. Some hit home for me, others were just a laugh or a nod of my head in acknowledgement of what the author’s been through. In the end, it’s the kind of book where you have a few hours to breathe the same air as someone else, learning how she would deal with all the curves and fun being thrown at her. Stepping out of my own shoes is always a good thing as it helps provide perspective and alternative opinions and ideas. Kudos to Gallagher for sharing such a wonderful life journey with us… I can only hope she’ll share the second half of her life sometime in the future as it sounds like she’s got a lot more planned as accomplishments.

If you enjoyed this review and think the author and/or book are for you, definitely check our Brigid’s blog as her insight and voice are a wonderful addition each week. You can find life lessons on the importance of slow and a whole lot more @ Watching the Daisies.


About Me
For those new to me or my reviews… here’s the scoop: I’m Jay, an author who lives in NYC. My novels, Watching Glass Shatter and Father Figure, can be purchased on Amazon as electronic copies or physical copies. I write A LOT. I read A LOT. And now I blog A LOT. First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at, where you’ll find the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge – words and humor. You can also find all my social media profiles to get the details on the who/what/when/where and my pictures. Leave a comment and let me know what you think. Thanks for stopping by. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators. Follow my blog with Bloglovin.


37 thoughts on “Book Review: Watching the Daisies by Brigid P. Gallagher

    The Cozy Pages said:
    June 29, 2018 at 10:35 AM

    Sounds like one to be kept and referred to every once in a while.

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    watchingthedaisies said:
    June 29, 2018 at 12:09 PM

    Thank you so much Jay. I really appreciate your positive feedback. Happy weekend 🌼

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    Priyasha said:
    June 29, 2018 at 1:02 PM

    Awesome review ❤

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    Beware Of The Reader said:
    June 29, 2018 at 2:35 PM

    Well Jay this seems such a great life lesson!!!

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    Smorgasbord - Variety is the Spice of Life. said:
    June 30, 2018 at 3:42 AM

    Reblogged this on Smorgasbord – Variety is the spice of life and commented:
    James J. Cudney with an excellent review of Watching the Daisies by Brigid Gallagher…a great way to start the weekend.

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    jenanita01 said:
    June 30, 2018 at 4:03 AM

    Reblogged this on anita dawes and jaye marie.

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    tidalscribe said:
    June 30, 2018 at 6:07 AM

    I enjoy Brigid’s blog so I am sure I would find her book interesting. I am also lucky on the health front, but know plenty of friends and relatives with chronic conditions. Reading about other’s lives it strikes me that not only do some people have to cope with big health issues, but also have to put a lot of time and effort into learning about healing and all sorts of therapies that might help.

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      June 30, 2018 at 7:56 AM

      Great to meet you. Just followed you, too. Brigid has a great attitude and lots of good advice. I hope you find the book great, too.

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    Stevie Turner said:
    June 30, 2018 at 9:56 AM

    Enjoyed reading this book.

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    Stevie Turner said:
    June 30, 2018 at 9:58 AM

    Reblogged this on Stevie Turner and commented:
    Nice review by Jay at This is My Truth Now for Brigid P. Gallagher’s ‘Watching the Daisies’.

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    robbiecheadle said:
    June 30, 2018 at 11:35 AM

    A lovely review of Brigid’s book, Jay. I enjoyed it too.

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    tylerus said:
    June 30, 2018 at 12:32 PM

    Sounds worth reading and sharing! Thank you.

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    Bette A. Stevens said:
    June 30, 2018 at 7:38 PM

    Excellent review for Watching the Daisies. Sharing…

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    And again, this sounds like another must read for me, especially now since my migraines, fibromyalgia, and neuropathy have been acting up. I’m heading over to Amazon right now to look this up. Thank you for this marvelous review Jay!🤗

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      July 1, 2018 at 7:07 AM

      She does talk about things she does to help with fibromyalgia, so it could be helpful… I’m glad to share the book.

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    Didi Oviatt - Author said:
    June 30, 2018 at 11:38 PM

    Great review, I really loved this memoir! I hope she writes another one too. Especially after following her blog, and keeping an eye on her travels! A follow up would be nice, Brigid! *hint-hint* 😉🤗

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    Madam Mim said:
    July 1, 2018 at 8:55 AM

    Great review!

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    DaisyGal @ DG Book Blog said:
    July 2, 2018 at 9:48 AM

    Great review, Jay! The healing element of this sounds really interesting and inspiring too. I’ll add this to my TBR! =D

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    Rae Longest said:
    July 4, 2018 at 9:10 PM

    I will definitely check out her blog. Thanks for the information. Happy 4th! Almost time for fireworks. We are an hour behind you.

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    Climbing Amazon – Watching the Daisies said:
    July 11, 2018 at 1:02 AM

    […] You can read his review HERE […]

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    dtills said:
    July 15, 2018 at 4:27 PM

    This looks like a great read!!

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