Wednesday, July 21, 2021

WHAT I'M READING -- DANCING FROM DARKNESS by Eleanor Isaacson (2021/6)

 Hello, friends!  How is your day going?  Hope you are doing wonderful.

I went to see the doctor the other day.  My usual Nurse Practitioner was not in so I saw a new one.  She was very nice and very good.  She is almost positive I have a torn rotator cuff in my shoulder.  I have to get an x-ray and then see an orthopedist.  *sigh*  If it's not one thing, it's another.  She was also very concerned about the abscess on my tooth and my reaction to the anti-biotics.

And this tooth of mine!  It started hurting again.  I have been calling and calling my regular dentist and no one ever calls me back.  Last night I asked my neighborhood facebook page group to suggest someone.  I have two suggestions.  Both have major pros and cons.  I don't know what to do.  But Joe and I talked it over and thought we would try one over the other first.  So I will call to get an appointment with them.

But enough of that.  Here's what I have been reading.  Actually, I have finished another book after that and am almost finished a second.  But this is the one I will tell you about today.

This is the true story of Eleanor Isaacson who grew up in Nazi Germany.  She was born in New Jersey, but her parents were from Germany.  They were going through a hard time and so her mother took her and abandoned her with her aunt in Germany when she was two years old.  Her aunt raised her as her own.  The only thing she really missed was affection.  She was never hugged, kissed or told she did well in school or anything else for that matter.  All her life Eleanor was looking for the "someone" that she felt was taking care of her and protecting her.  She finally found that her "someone" was God.

This is an awesome book.  You just cannot imagine the things this young girl went through.  The bombings.  The starvation.  All the things in school and with her family.  It is an amazing story.  And all true.  She was even a smuggler!

When she was 15 years old she returned to the United States and lived with her mother (her parents were divorced and her father remarried by this time.)  Then there was all the things she endured from this woman.  Oh my!  So much to this story.

I don't want to ruin it for anyone who wants to read this book.  But I will say please read this book.  I cannot recommend it highly enough.  And it is a quick read.  I read it in less than a week.  And I don't have much time to read.  (For my friends who live near me, I will let you borrow my copy if you ask.)

In 2019 my friends Donna and Carol and I at the invitation of my friend Sharon got a chance to meet her.  She gave a talk at the church Sharon attends.  I still remember everything about it and about her.  She was 82 years old at the time but you would have thought she was in her 50s or 60s.  She has more energy than I will ever have.  Or probably ever did have.  A lovely lady and I was so privileged to be there.

And now it's off to get this day started.  I have so much to do today.  The last few days I have been feeling badly and got nothing done.  Nothing.  As in nada, nil, nope.  So much to do and so little time.  The one thing I plan to do today is get my hair trimmed.  It's time when my bangs are hanging into my eyes.

So see you all next time.



  1. That sounds really good. Thanks for sharing.

  2. I am will looking for that book. It sounds super interesting. I hope you can find a good dentist to help you with that tooth. You will be in my prayers for relief. See you again soon.

  3. A great book! And all glory to God!
    Hoping and praying you get relief from your bad tooth soon.

  4. I am currently reading "Secret Service Dogs" the heroes who protect the President by Maria Goodavage. It is quite interesting what the training is for both dog and handler! At the same time I am also reading Terri Blackstock's "Predator". Really good! About internet safety & how we often reveal too much of our life online. I am actually learning a lot from this story.
    I hope one of the dentists works out for you. Praying for both dental & shoulder.

  5. I hope you get an appointment soon. I can't imagine why your regular dentist would not return your call. I guess they don't need us as much as we might need them. Feel better, hugs, Edna B.

  6. Good luck with finding a new dentist. Unfortunately they're a necessary evil and I don't like going to them myself but... infected teeth can affect your heart in a huge way so... I pray you get to the bottom of that infected tooth soon & get it healed. Remember, sugar makes bacteria grow so restricting your sugar intake *might* help. ~Andrea xoxo

  7. It sounds like a fantastic book. I'm putting it on my list right now!
    I hope you have good luck with the dentist situation. We have a wonderful one who actually allows patients to make payments when insurance doesn't cover everything! He's also good and very fast. He is older, though, and I dread having to find another one when he retires.


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