Wednesday, October 07, 2015

The Club

Woke up with my book club hosting anxiety.  Book Club is coming up this very Friday.  I'm thinking of just ordering pizza.  But I'm also considering ordering from Little Tibet.  Or maybe sushi. I basically have no idea what to do for Book Club on Friday night. What do you think?  Sushi? I chose the book this month and it's not too good.  I've read 3 books by Liane Moriarty this year.  The other 2 were better than this one. Everyone's going to talk about how stupid my choice of book is and I'm not in the mood for that right now.  My mood is not a happy mood on this stay-cation.  Not sure why.  I'm simply out of sorts.  Norman Fischer says I need to stay with the energies I'm experiencing and know that they'll change at some point because everything does.

I adore Norman Fischer, but I'm thinking of jumping ship on his advice and in true leeway fashion, I'm actively seeking out some distraction from my woeful energies. I'm going to focus on an attitude of gratitude and look around me for the kind of inspiration that can get me up and going.  Why not just ponder the inspiring story of Bert Shepard, for example?  Bert was born in the historic town of DANA, Indiana.  He pitched for the minor leagues but then he joined the Army Air Forces in WW2 and flew 34 missions before being shot down in Germany. A German doctor made a prosthesis for his leg and while he was in a prisoner of war camp Bert taught himself to walk and then to pitch.  When he returned to the U.S., he was a pitching coach for the Washington Senators.  He was called in to pitch for a game against the Red Sox in 1945.  Bert was the first man with an artificial leg to pitch in a major league baseball game. That was his only time playing in the majors, but he did lots of coaching and even went on to work with the National Amps, teams of people with amputated limbs who played baseball, which is pretty amazing in and of itself.

In short.  Book club anxiety is still looming and lurking, but by focusing on the inspiring tale of Hoosier Bert Shepard, I'm ready to seize the day and get cracking.


cb said...

Bert's tale is very inspiring. As is your stunning photo. My vote is for the sushi. Add a bowl of M&Ms and everyone will be as happy as they can be. xoxo

lee said...

Cynthia, I think you're right on the sushi and M and M's. That's going to be good.

You will be interested to know that Ernie Pyle also grew up in DANA!

cb said...

Wow, DANA is quite the town.

In other news, I cannot stop thinking about M&Ms. I might have to buy some.

KC said...

I agree that the photo is gorgeous and Bert is inspiring. No one is going to complain that the book is stupid. Everyone is going to be happy to see you.

Anonymous said...

You and your community of readers will have so much fun. Maybe add a bowl of Reeces Pieces as I've had a hankering for them since we watched E.T. last night.
I'm putting that book on my to read list.

mm said...

A friend and I were discussing the woes of preparing for book club (especially food) the other night. You'll do great.

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