What's Going On Here?

There are SO MANY wonderful book review blogs out there and I can't compete with them, that is for sure. So this is not a book review blog. This is just a way for me to organize what I have read so that I can be better at matching the right book to the right person. The blog title comes from the brilliant mind of the most talented woman who ever lived, Ms. Judy Garland. The full quote is, "Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of someone else." That is what I hope to do here and in ever aspect of my life.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017


I don't think I have ever known someone named Iris.  I mean I know of a gal named Iris, but I have personally never had a relationship with anyone named Iris.  And the book Irises is not about girls named Iris.  Rather it is about two sisters, neither or whom is named Iris.  But the one sister loves to paint and is a talented artist and she is painting Vincent van Gogh's Irises.  The book is by another new-to-me author, Francisco X. Stork and let me say that I want to read more from him because I found this book to be just excellent.  An excellent look at sisterhood and loss and the church and faith and the meaning of life and sacrifice.  I learned a lot, too.  I learned about PVS and the difference between a PVS and a coma.  Many people, myself included (is it me or myself here!) find the term "vegetative" when applied to human beings to be offensive.  It is not surprising that this term is much more common in the UK than in the US!  I mean, to me.  I am not a big UK fan!  Anywaaay...excellent book. 

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