Always Looking Up

July 17, 2009

in On The Shelf

I love Michael J. Fox. First as the Family Ties character Alex P. Keaton (loved that whole family, of course) and loved him even more as he played a myriad of characters in great flicks and some not-so-great flicks. It warms my heart to see a little kid from Canada do good.

I feel proud of him, though I’ve never met the man. I’m sorry for his illness with Parkinson’s Disease. I’m sorry the advancement of scientific research is so often fraught with red tape. I’m so very pleased for his optimism though.

Michael J Fox Always Looking UpI read (and loved!) Lucky Man, his refreshing memoir published in 2002, and recently purchased Always Looking Up – The Adventures of an Incurable Optimist.

I like to think of myself as an optimist, at least most of the time. It’s been a heavy load with the kids both home with me so much, due to some rather unsavory summer weather… we’ve been indoors much more than I like. I also needed something to read after that crack-like Twilight series – something to get my head out of the world of fiction… and something I could stand to put down from time to time so I could just live my life and feed my kids on time.

This book is not only serving those intended purposes, but I’m also finding it soothing to my stressed and harried life. When I can take a bit of time to read a few pages, I am instantly reminded of how good my life is. Things could always be so much worse. His words are helping me keep my life in check at the moment, which is never a bad thing.

I love Michael J. Fox. He’s a good egg.

NOTE: I believe I will read Pillars Of The Earth by Ken Follett after this – thanks for the recommendation Jean!

G.G.

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