Wednesday, September 30, 2020

The Choice: Embrace the Possible

 Dr. Edith Eva Eger's memoir is a deep look into what it was like to live through extreme trauma and survive. At 16 Edith was sent to Auschwitz and was herded into one line with her sister and watched as her mother was pushed into another line, one of death. Edith and her sister Magda fight one minute, one hour, one day to make it through their ordeal together. In four parts, Prison, Escape, Freedom, and Healing, Dr. Eger's shares with us what her own experience was like as well as patients she has worked with who have been imprisoned in other ways. She lets her journey be the guiding force to helping others. I enjoyed her family story very much, as well as her work with patients. Several of the patient accounts made me cry.  It is always difficult to read first hand accounts of the Holocaust; the details overwhelming, and painful. I highly recommend her story and want everyone to read it. It's an critical reminder of how important our freedom is and that we should never take it for granted. 

I've discovered that I'm baking more these days and I think it is a stress-reliever. Baked goods for mental health! I made this delicious Czech breakfast cake one morning and shared it with friends and another day I woke up really early and made this French apple cake (Once upon a chef) for a trip to Iowa City to see Groovy Girl (Groovy College Student?). I will make both again. I've discovered a new little recipe spot on Bon Appetit called It's Just that Simple! It's like family recipes that they just talk you through as if they are telling you a recipe over coffee. I made the Desi Omelette one night for a quick dinner and a Korma recipe another night. It's my kind of easy recipe site-like I'm getting them from friends. 

(French Apple Cake)

Reading three books: Untamed by Glennon Doyle, my friend Angelle's book, Wrong guy, right room, a fun romance book-find it here on Amazon, and The Guest List by Lucy Foley.  

Be safe out there. Wear your mask. Stay positive. Do everything you can to get out the vote. Last night's debate was even more proof that our current leader is completely unstable. 

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