It's today," squeaked Piglet.
My favorite day," said Pooh.”
About thirty years go I walked into Brentano's bookstore and was overwhelmed by a dynamic bookseller. Madeline knew more about books then anyone I ever met, and we began comparing notes on favorite books. When she found out I was a book reviewer, she gave me a list of "must reads" and followed up with a phone call. There began a friendship that lasted many years. About twenty years ago we decided to coin a name that represented us both and do reviews under it. Since "Beverline" just didn't sound right, we became Madderly Reviews. We reviewed together in schools, libraries, etc. until we decided to stop making personal appearances. Years later, when I left teaching and decided to return to written reviews, I changed it slightly to Madderly Review and started this blog. Madeline told me that she was the first to read it every Friday morning, and I don't doubt her.
Madeline died suddenly today. She was in her sixties and had children and grandchildren who lost her way too soon. She corresponded with quite a few best selling authors who will miss her little notes, and many friends will have a void in their lives.
When someone dies, those who remain are faced with a grim reality. We are all on earth for a limited time, and to waste any of that time makes little sense. Every fight that we have and grudge that we keep eats away at the fiber of our being. Finding the worst, rather than the best, in people seems to go against the natural order of things.
Watching the politicians spend so much time trying to tear each other down is something I have decided to stop doing. I will read no more inane articles and watch no more "news" shows that tear down either Trump or Clinton. Instead I will go for walks with Arthur, spend quality time with my children and enjoy taking part in the growing up years of my adorable grandchildren.
I will continue enjoying "sister day" each Tuesday with my wonderful sister, Judy, a tradition we have kept for many years. I will get over my phone phobia and call my distant friends more often, and make more time for those that live closer. Most importantly, I will wake up each morning, with Arthur beside me, and know that there is nowhere on earth that I would rather be.
This issue is for you Madeline...without you there would have been no Madderly Reviews.
Although today's blog is a bit somber, I did read upbeat books this week. I always enjoyed Kevin Nealon on Saturday Night Live and decided to read his book, Yes You're Pregnant, but What About Me? I found myself nodding and smiling throughout, as this fifty something year old man tries to deal with the horrors of his wife's pregnancy, while he experiences all of her symptoms himself. Any woman or man who has ever experienced those nine months will relate to Nealon's personal agonies. Funny man - funny book.
Annie Adams' book, Deadly Arrangements, kept a smile on my face too. This is a light cozy mystery with murder, kidnapping and a hunky guy thrown into the mix. Another fun beach read.
As always, full reviews of both books will follow this blog.