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It would be great if we could all live by the words to this song:

 

Daddy Daughter Duet – Bridge Over Troubled Water – Simon & Garfunkel Cover – Mat and Savanna Shaw

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“It is certain, in any case, that ignorance, allied with power, is the most ferocious enemy justice can have.” – James Baldwin

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The Summons is another great attorney novel by John Grisham. This story takes a unique twist because the main character struggles with decisions involving ethics, morality, and criminal law…issues somewhat foreign to most attorneys. The story is suspenseful as well as a good mystery; once again John Grisham writes another good story.

From The Publisher:
Ray Atlee is a professor of law at the University of Virginia. He’s forty-three, newly single, and still enduring the aftershocks of a surprise divorce. He has a younger brother, Forrest, who redefines the notion of a family’s black sheep.
And he has a father, a very sick old man who lives alone in the ancestral home in Clanton, Mississippi. He is known to all as Judge Atlee, a beloved and powerful official who has towered over local law and politics for forty years. No longer on the bench, the Judge has withdrawn to the Atlee mansion and become a recluse.
With the end in sight, Judge Atlee issues a summons for both sons to return home to Clanton, to discuss the details of his estate. It is typed by the Judge himself, on his handsome old stationery, and gives the date and time for Ray and Forrest to appear in his study.
Ray reluctantly heads south, to his hometown, to the place where he grew up, which he prefers now to avoid. But the family meeting does not take place. The Judge dies too soon, and in doing so leaves behind a shocking secret known only to Ray.
And perhaps someone else.

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“Whenever you feel like criticizing anyone…just remember that all the people in this world haven’t had the advantages that you’ve had.”
― F. Scott Fitzgerald

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A long term study conducted at Yale University’s School of Public Health published findings in the journal Social Science & Medicine of more than 3,000 people over the age of 50 found that book readers lived longer than non-book readers — even those who read newspapers or magazines.  In the study, those who read more than 3.5 hours a week lived nearly two years longer than non-book readers.

Medical News Today

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“Perfection of character is this: to live each day as if it were your last, without frenzy, without apathy, without pretense.”
― Marcus Aurelius, Meditations

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The Forgotten by David Baldacci is #2 in the John Puller series. In Paradise, nothing is what it seems… Army Special Agent John Puller is the best there is. A combat veteran, Puller is the man the U.S. Army relies on to investigate the toughest crimes facing the nation. Now he has a new case-but this time, the crime is personal: His aunt has been found dead in Paradise, Florida. a great exciting, action-packed story.
From the Publisher:
A picture-perfect town on Florida’s Gulf Coast, Paradise thrives on the wealthy tourists and retirees drawn to its gorgeous weather and beaches. The local police have ruled his aunt’s death an unfortunate, tragic accident. But just before she died, she mailed a letter to Puller’s father, telling him that beneath its beautiful veneer, Paradise is not all it seems to be.

What Puller finds convinces him that his aunt’s death was no accident . . . and that the palm trees and sandy beaches of Paradise may hide a conspiracy so shocking that some will go to unthinkable lengths to make sure the truth is never revealed.

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“You think your pain and your heartbreak are unprecedented in the history of the world, but then you read. It was books that taught me that the things that tormented me most were the very things that connected me with all the people who were alive, who had ever been alive.”
― James Baldwin

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On this Memorial Day: “Those who have long enjoyed such privileges as we enjoy forget in time that men have died to win them.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt

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“Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness.” ― Martin Luther King, Jr

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