I'm Back! And with a book to recommend too.

Bonnie Samuel
Posted March 18, 2012 from United States

Hello Book Clubs members. It has been some time since last I posted and must admit to being pre-occupied with a health issue. Some months back I awoke one morning to find that vision in my right eye was quite blurry and dim. After doctor consults, some strange happenings that dramatized our current health care here in America, I went to the famous Mayo Clinic. Diagnosed with "branch retinal vein occlusion" with increased macular edema, treatments began at Mayo. I am very happy to report that I've regained about 60% vision and the prognosis for nearly complete return of my sight is likely.

Anyone would be alarmed, of course, at loss of site so suddenly and as an avid reader and artist, I was in a panic to put it mildly! Reading was difficult in the first weeks, but I learned to do so with one eye closed. Given that, reading a very inspiring book written by a woman of 95 years was quite worth the struggle to focus with one eye!

"The Next American Revolution," is written by Grace Lee Boggs, with a forward by Danny Glover. (http://www.amazon.com/The-Next-American-Revolution-Twenty-First/dp/05202...)

Grace Lee Boggs, has been an activist since a young woman and is the recipient of numerous humanitarian and achievement award for her human rights, civil rights, peace and justice work. Her book, citing her own experience and learning by doing, also gives us a historical look at the actual path of human rights in America. Through Boggs, activist in so many movements, we see the back story of the struggles of the poor, abuses of the powerful, and the political bends and sways. But most important, Boggs shares her learned insight, conviction too, that only people individually and collectively make change happen. This book is actually quite hopeful. Boggs tells us that we much create a more sustainable way of life in every aspect and she gives ideas and solutions already established for creating alternative modes of work, politics, and human interaction--that will bring healing and meaning to our lives.

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Waqar Azim
Mar 18, 2012
Mar 18, 2012

Thank u for valuable information. Thanks waqar Azim

rach083
Mar 18, 2012
Mar 18, 2012

I am reading this book for one of my graduate classes. I live near Detroit, MI and it is a very inspiring book and the global view of how Grace Lee Boggs focuses change on is amazing. Returning to community and sustainability is a vision we all need to live by.

Bonnie Samuel
Mar 18, 2012
Mar 18, 2012

This book will long serve all who read it. Coming from the midwest, knowing the value of small town living and the strength of human interaction that communities of old were known for, I readily related to Boggs' clear message. Thanks for your comment.

Nusrat Ara
Mar 19, 2012
Mar 19, 2012

Thanks for sharing and all the best for your recovery.

Love

Shwe Hmon
Apr 21, 2012
Apr 21, 2012

Hi Dear,

Thank you for sharing such an interesting book and your commentary. Take care your health and all the best for it.

Best Regards, Insha