Friday, July 15, 2022

Friday Book Hop 15 July 2022


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“The study of psychological trauma has an ‘underground’ history. Like traumatized people, we have been cut off from the knowledge of our past. Like traumatized people, we need to understand the past in order to reclaim the present and future. Therefore, an understanding of psychological trauma begins with rediscovering history.”1

The author chose this quote from Judith Lewis Herman to begin her book. Considering the subject matter, it works perfectly.

1 Judith Lewis Herman, Trauma and Recovery (New York, NY: Basic Books, 2015), 2.

“Courage is not having the strength to go on; it is going on when you don’t have the strength.” – Theodore Roosevelt

Laura selected this quote to begin Chapter 17. I would argue that there is also strength in knowing when to back off, to re-evaluate, to rest. I was one of those people who went to work deathly ill on more than one occasion. I always ignored health problems until they became critical. At nearly 60 years old, I am now learning to do certain things I should have been doing all along for my well-being.

Book Blogger Hop question:
15th - 21st - Do you listen to audiobooks? If so, do you prefer listening instead of reading? (submitted by Elizabeth @ Silver's Reviews)

I both listen and read. My audiobooks are essential for long drives when I'm alone. I live in the middle of nowhere and the nearest cities average 55-60 miles away. When I'm at home, I generally read e-books. If I listen without focusing on another activity, such as driving, I'll fall asleep. Not because I'm bored, mind, but because I start to relax. 

Until next time!

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  1. No audio books for me.
    I agree with you wholeheartedly that there is strength in learning to step away, and to say no. Strength I often lack.

    1. For me it's either audio books or crackling radio with fading stations when I'm driving alone. Or me singing. Of those three choices, audio books are by far the best option! When I'm at home, though, they become a nice beddy bye story, and I fall asleep. In fairness, I fall asleep at the slightest provocation.
      Thank you for continuing to support me. I have not been at all well mentally this month.


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