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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.
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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 https://thisismytruthnow.com, 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.

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365 Challenge: Day 320 – Boredom

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Boredom: the state of feeling weary because one is unoccupied or lacks interest in one’s current activity

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When you pay attention to boredom it gets unbelievably interesting.” Jon Kabat-Zinn

I sat for 15 minute this morning staring at my computer screen attempting to choose today’s 365 Daily Challenge word. I have posts for tomorrow through Sunday already drafted (still need to proofread and format), but today I couldn’t summon anything valuable. I thought about how I’m feeling right now, and the best way I could explain it would be to say I’m bored. Before anyone starts to pass activities and tasks to me, it’s not that I don’t have anything I should do. It’s that I’m really not mentally in a place where I can or want to do anything that I should be doing. It’s rather indulgent of me, and I admit it. My only saving grace is that nearly every other day of the year, I work extremely hard, am very focused and dedicated, and push myself to do as much as possible. So… a breather every so often seems acceptable.

I mentioned a few weeks ago that I felt like I’d lost my purpose after Ryder died. Everyone’s comments and advice have been quite helpful; I’m appreciative. As I settle back into a routine, I find myself doing things a bit more haphazardly than in the past. I applied to several corporate / technology positions and went on an interview this week. I’m not sure I know if it’s because I want to go back to work, I need to keep busy, I am just testing the waters or I’m experiencing a bit of boredom. I love writing and I am very close to finishing Father Figure, which will be a great accomplishment. I have the outline completed for the Ethan Glass short story. I’m pondering the detailed plot and scope of the Watching Glass Shatter sequel. I also have a few other stories floating in my head, which are beginning to form and gel into something I find quite interesting. But in truth… I think I need a bit of a challenge somewhere else right now. I need to learn or focus on how to improve something so that I feel a momentum in knowledge.

I typed ‘boredom’ into a Google search. A few quotes were returned. I found the one I included above quite apropos. Jon Kabat-Zinn is an American professor of medicine, but that’s all I really know about him. Paying attention to the boredom is important. I think that’s what I should be doing this week — to see how often I find myself unsettled or uncertain. Although I’m sure everyone understands, I’m just thinking aloud right now. I’m not truly bored, as there is plenty to accomplish between now and March 17th; my target goals to complete Father Figure, Ethan’s short story and the 365 Daily Challenge. I’ll be on a birthday trip that week, then finalizing my two-week May trip to London and Italy. There will be time in between that I perhaps should be something to shake up the state of boredom I’m describing. We’ve all been there, whether it’s a ten-minute mental relaxation technique or weeks of doing nothing to re-set our mindsets. Sometimes it even just helps to say it aloud — and recognize the interesting things you can learn in and among it. That’s all today’s post is… a random release of fleeting thoughts!

 

About Me & the “365 Daily Challenge”

I’m Jay, an author who lives in NYC. My debut novel, Watching Glass Shatter, can be purchased on Amazon @ http://mybook.to/WGS. I’ve always been a reader. And now I’m a daily blogger. I decided to start my own version of the “365 Daily Challenge” where since March 13, 2017, I’ve posted a characteristic either I currently embody or one I’d like to embody in the future. 365 days of reflection to discover who I am and what I want out of life.

The goal: Knowledge. Acceptance. Understanding. Optimization. Happiness. Help. For myself. For others. And if all else fails, humor. When I’m finished in one year, I hope to have more answers about the future and what I will do with the remainder of my life. All aspects to be considered. It’s not just about a career, hobbies, residence, activities, efforts, et al. It’s meant to be a comprehensive study and reflection from an ordinary man. Not a doctor. Not a therapist. Not a friend. Not an encyclopedia full of prior research. Just pure thought, a blogged journal with true honesty.

Join the fun and read a new post each day, or check out my book reviews, TV/Film reviews or favorite vacation spots. And feel free to like, rate, comment or take the poll for each post. 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.

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365 Challenge: Day 309 – Blegh (RYDER RANT)

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Blegh: how Ryder feels right now – not so hot

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In lieu of Ryder’s Rant, he’s sharing a photo of him from a few years ago when he was taking a nap. He’s not up for posting today, as he’s under the weather. We’re doing a rather quick switch of his anti-seizure medicine, as the old medicine was beginning to cause liver problems. After a trip to the vet last week, his blood work came back with some issues. He’s basically sleeping 24/7 and will be for the next week while on multiple medicines, apart from a few breaks to try to eat or drink. I’m hoping he will be more alert by next week, but he may need another week off from his Monday rants… for now, keep him in your thoughts. I’m going to lay down with him for a bit this morning… back again soon. Sorry if I’m missing any comments or responses the next few days! Will be back online again once things are improved here.

 

About Me & the “365 Daily Challenge”

I’m Jay, an author who lives in NYC. My debut novel, Watching Glass Shatter, can be purchased on Amazon @ http://mybook.to/WGS. I’ve always been a reader. And now I’m a daily blogger. I decided to start my own version of the “365 Daily Challenge” where since March 13, 2017, I’ve posted a characteristic either I currently embody or one I’d like to embody in the future. 365 days of reflection to discover who I am and what I want out of life.

The goal: Knowledge. Acceptance. Understanding. Optimization. Happiness. Help. For myself. For others. And if all else fails, humor. When I’m finished in one year, I hope to have more answers about the future and what I will do with the remainder of my life. All aspects to be considered. It’s not just about a career, hobbies, residence, activities, efforts, et al. It’s meant to be a comprehensive study and reflection from an ordinary man. Not a doctor. Not a therapist. Not a friend. Not an encyclopedia full of prior research. Just pure thought, a blogged journal with true honesty.

Join the fun and read a new post each day, or check out my book reviews, TV/Film reviews or favorite vacation spots. And feel free to like, rate, comment or take the poll for each post. 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