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THE REINVENTION OF ALBERT PAUGH: A Novel Story about retirement ~Jean Davies Okimoto

Monday, August 17th, 2015

I can hardly wait to tell you about this delightful story, the third in Okimoto’s trilogy about Vashon Island and its special landmarks and the culture of living on an island close to a huge and popular city.   The book came into my computer as a digital file and I needed to make a list of 10 things I was going to accomplish before I read the first page because I knew I would just be hooked right away and unable to do anything else.   The author is a great story telling wizard with just the most remarkable humor, she must have a twinkle in her eye at all times.  She certainly has caught island life and the foibles and emotions of the folks who inhabit and live within it’s confines.

TLC Book Tours has now sent me each of the books Okimoto has written for review.  I am just so lucky.  THE LOVE CEILING   was the start and then we moved onto WALTER’S MUSE.    The wise philosopher has turned 90 and is included into this new story, along with Maggie and Walter and Howie and Mark but the cast has expanded to include more of the folks who are a part of Albert Paugh’s life and veterinary practice.

The characters are so believable and may just remind you of someone you know and enjoy.  I felt a need to call one of my neighbors and also to entice my husband into reading this story as he is looking forward to retirement with no major plans except to paint and walk our dog.  He may just find himself confused also.

Dr. Paugh has had a heart attack and his wife persuaded him to sell his practice and retire.  It was just in time, as she needed help to heal from a lung cancer, which changed her life and what she wanted for her future.  Albert was not included in that future and after 24 years he is about to become divorced.  His wife never did like Bert, his chocolate lab, and now the two must find a new place to live and what to do with their time.

The single women, of a certain age and dog owners are quite interested in Dr. Paugh’s new status and this is becoming a problem that sends Al and Bert to the beach for long walks.

I was able to persuade my large book group to read WALTER’s MUSE  and I think I will have luck again with THE REINVENTION OF ALBERT PAUGH.  What will we all do at retirement? And how will we feel useful and of service to others and what will capture our energies in a good way and in a concerning way?
It was delightful to see how Dr. Paugh and the folks on Vashon Island were taking hold and making a difference to so many.

From the Book:

“Jean Davis Okimoto is an author and playwright whose books and short stories have been translated into Japanese, Italian, Chinese, German, Korean, Danish and Hebrew.  She is the recipient of numerous awards including Smithsonian Notable Book, The American Library Association Best Book for Young Adults, the Washington Governor’s Award, the Green Earth Book Award, and the International Reading Association Readers Choice Award.  Her picture book, Blumpoe the Grumpoe Meets Arnold the Cat was adapted by Shelly Duvall for the HBO and Showtime television series BEDTIME STORIES.  Jeanie, who is also a retired psychotherapist, began writing for adults when she and her husband Joe retired to Vashon Island in 2004 where they (and their dogs Bert and Willie) are visited by deer families and their six grandchildren.”

This book is for anyone who likes a good story, has retired, is failing retirement, and enjoys a fun read.  One does not need to read all three stories but they are so fun, Why not? THE REINVENTION OF ALBERT PAUGH

The Love Ceiling
Walter’s Muse

10 Steps To Finding Your Happy Place – my gift to you

Monday, December 17th, 2012

Every year at this time I experience huge numbers of fundraisers.  Actually, the season starts almost right after Labor Day in September.  Most of the gifts folks receive from me are things I purchased at fundraisers and they match up with the recipient.  I have spent years of my life selling items to raise funds for Women’s Education, a college, animals, sewing cooperatives, children’s justice issues, women’s shelters, cancer, seniors, health concerns and other treatments, choirs, bands, sports groups, scouting programs, homeless shelter, food banks and the Hands On Children’s Museum – just to mention this year’s list.

Galen Pearl’s lovely book is a fundraiser for the Edwards Center  in Portland, a residential center for folks with Autism, which is home base for her two sons.

10 Steps to Finding Your Happy Place (and staying there) is such a well written, linear, book of sharing about just how to find and change into the happy person you were meant to become.  I have read her blog posts and the Facebook page, and her words have wisdom from so many traditions, shared with stories which truly illustrate and make comprehensive the lessons that she is sharing for this particular journey.  The quotes actually fit the stories, tell the ancient secrets, and are very appropriate; timely. Not a “woo woo” read.   I have purchased several copies of this book to give as gifts this holiday season to family members.

I have purchased a copy of 10 Steps to Finding Your Happy Place (and staying there) for some lucky person to receive as my gift this holiday season to you my lovely readers.  I can think of nothing more wonderful to share with you than happiness and how to find contentment when one arrives there.   I wish I could give each of my readers their own copy to say thank you for reading, commenting and sharing my words.   Maybe this will spark an interest in supporting this fundraiser – maybe the recipient and readers will spread the word?


candy_caneHappy Holidays to each and every one of you.
Thank you for all your support in 2012.
May we each be blessed with a happy, health new year.

I am taking a two week break from writing blog posts to prepare for all the company that is coming to my home and to begin work on 2013.  I will come by and check on and reply to comments and get caught up on my blog reading.  I invite you to browse through the recommended reading tab or the table of contents and see if there are other posts which might bring a bit of happiness to you too.

If you purchase anything from Amazon or Powell’s   from this site, I will receive a few beans in my bucket.  Thank you.  Donations welcome too.

No one offered me any remuneration for this gift and I was not given a free copy of this book.  This is from my own library.



Galen Pearl

Galen’s blog

10 Steps Book on Facebook

Galen on Facebook

Portland, Oregon Autism Research Guide


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Monday, October 22nd, 2012

graduationI woke up angry this morning and I just jumped out of bed and figured out why.  I was angry because I was clear headed and I knew exactly what was making me seethe.

I am furious at women especially those women who keep putting other women in their place.  You know those middle class women who think they are doing good and funding a few scholarships for women and the poor.  Yes! They might even host a jumble sale or serve at a soup kitchen and think they are doing “good”.  And yet!  When push comes to shove they always can find a reason not to support another woman or to be prejudiced against a woman succeeding.  They too are always pointing out women who have succeeded as examples and then they casually snuff out any possibility that she just might be smart and capable without sexing her way to the top, cheating, or just being the meanest.

There is always that moment when you know they are complying with the rules.

I am furious at men especially those men who do not even see the women and minorities in their view.  You know, the ones who get a bump in the night or shins that they are not being open or affirming or maybe not even aware of their constituents or customer base.  When they feel the bump they ask someone else to fill the coffee pot and find them some tokens to bestow their energy upon.  Then whenever they sense that someone else is noticing they haul out their handful and display them as small and blingy.  They never see any woman or minority as anything other than their private expectation, even though they make paternalistic gestures and let their wife do the talking.

On a personal level I am furious for my daughter.   I am exhausted and fat with being furious about my own life experiences, and I will not allow those nasty awful moments to happen to my eldest daughter without speaking up and calling it out.

I am furious about my daughter’s undergraduate university.  I sent a bright, talented, beautiful assertive young woman to them and she paid all but about $1,000.00 of her way through student loans.   She won award after award, she got top honors in math, computers, and engineering and I went to the school to see her win these awards.  What I noticed was there was no money awarded with her certificates.  NONE.  She got to grade all the papers for the faculty because she was so talented, she got to set up their computer labs and instruct the others.   They did not present her to the big name companies at graduation. NO, not at all, they did not help her job hunt in the least and so she got another huge loan and went to get an animation certification at the Vancouver Film School in Canada.  Still no job offers came in for all her efforts and for all the foot work. It was very expensive.

As a matter of fact, it was her younger sister’s disability-career counselor at her university who connected the eldest with her present University Job in San Francisco.

This past spring I went to applaud loudly as she walked across the stage to receive hugs, flowers and praise from the University President, the faculty, and her advisor for her academic achievements and honors for her outstanding work on Campus.   They all came up to tell me she should go on to get her doctorate and what an amazing thinker, writer and worker she was and how she would do so well because of her brilliance. No one failed to mention how beautiful she was.

You know what was missing.  As the other graduate students accepted their Master’s degrees we also heard about the graduate studies fellowship$ they were receiving and the programs and jobs they were headed off to pursue.    I listened to all the folks around me talking about how amazing all the headhunters were to experience and all the wonder FULL offers these other students were receiving.

She received the highest academic honors everywhere she attended.  She worked hard and accomplished amazingly creative pieces of work to share, she made a difference in her program and in her university and she received gratitude for her mastery.  Where were/are the offers?  Where are the graduate school fellowships?  And Why are they not forth coming?

Is it because she did not wear a sequined colored robe or hat to the ceremony? Was it because she did not scream and yell and lose interest in other student’s awards and honors?  No, she cheered them on and was enthusiastic for each of their efforts.

It is true she does not talk a great deal, she just moves forward and does her best and problem solves and gets the job completed with creative skill and finesse.

Do women’s educational organizations come forward and say, wow this is a gorgeous, talented, smart young woman how can we make a difference and help her, how can we track down funds to assist her in meeting her goals and needs?  NOPE. They tease her about not having a boyfriend and getting married.  They suggest she should buy a house, which would be a good investment, not remembering that she has paid every penny of her own way and still has lots more to pay before she is done.

And her math genius and computer know-how seem to make those men and boys very insecure.

So here is my question to you: Where or Who is the best coach/agent/ head hunter in this academic arena whom I can hire to get her into Stanford or MIT and their doctoral programs?  Where are the grants for funds for these programs?  And where are the funds to pay off her undergraduate and graduate programs right away?   I could also use a good grant writer, because although I have great luck at getting funds for other people’s gifted daughters, I am not having luck for my own child.

There I have said it, the fury is released.  Can you pass this along to someone who might be helpful on this quest?

If you purchase anything from Amazon or Powell’s from this site I will receive a few beans in my bucket.  Thank you.   Donations are greatly appreciated.

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Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Fundraiser

Thursday, July 14th, 2011


Several children in my life have grown up having to deal with Diabetes.  They have sore fingers from all the pokes with a needle and meter reading they have had to endure.  They often have pumps attached to their bodies and they have to work harder than others to enjoy a “normal” life.

Sometimes it is very scary to share life with a child or adult with Juvenile Diabetes.

There are millions of people with Juvenile Diabetes and now even more millions of people developing Diabetes II via their lifestyle and food choices.  Epidemic and Pandemic are the new words associated with diabetes II.

My friend Jane’s daughter Lianna is a person who is actively working to do something about finding a healthy solution to this growing problem

I wanted to share her efforts and video with you in hopes that you will support her efforts and help find that solution and a cure: LIANNA’S VIDEO

The 100 mile bike ride through Vermont is July 30th 2011.  Will you please check out her page and video and consider supporting her efforts in finding a solution.   I did.

Lianna is getting married this fall – What a wonderful wedding present a cure would be?

Thank you

As a person who is considered pre-diabetic, I have found making food and lifestyle changes vital to my well being, and helping to find a cure seems like a very good idea indeed.  Death defying acts.

What causes do you have on your list to support?  Have you made any lifestyle changes to support your health?

Please feel free to share this on the social networks included on this site.  Thank you

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