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Nancy Notes - November 20, 2014

“41 A Portrait of My Father” by George W. Bush, “Saving Simon” by Jon Katz

You have probably heard that George W. Bush’s  , “41 A Portrait of My Father”, is his latest book. It is the story of the 41st President written by the 43rd President. There have been numerous interviews lately with three different generations of the Bush family. No matter what your political leanings, I enjoyed hearing the family talk of the respect and love they have for each other. The book covers the entire scope of the elder President Bush’s life and career, including his service in the Pacific during World War II, his pioneering work in the Texas oil business, and his political rise as a Congressman, U.S. Representative to China and the United Nations, CIA Director, Vice President, and President.  The book shines new light on both the accomplished statesman and the warm, decent man known best by his family. In addition, George W. Bush discusses his father’s influence on him throughout his own life, from his childhood in West Texas to his early campaign trips with his father, and from his decision to go into politics to his own two-term Presidency.
    Animal lovers will enjoy, “Saving Simon” by Jon Katz. The memoir tells the story of his beloved rescue donkey, Simon, and the ways that animals make us wiser and kinder people. In the spring of 2011, Katz received a phone call that would challenge every idea he ever had about compassion. An animal control officer had found a neglected donkey on a farm in upstate New York, and she hoped that Jon and his wife, Maria, would be willing to adopt him. Jon wasn’t planning to add another animal to his home on Bedlam Farm, certainly not a very sick donkey. But the moment he saw Simon, he felt a powerful connection. Simon touched something very deep inside of him. Jon and Maria decided to take him in. Weak and malnourished, he needed near constant care. As Simon’s health improved, Jon would feed him by hand, read to him, take him on walks, and confide in him like an old and trusted friend. Then Simon began to reveal to Jon the true meaning of compassion. This new perspective on kindness led Jon to a troubled border collie from Ireland in need of a home, a blind pony that had lived outside in a pasture for fifteen years, and a new farm for him and Maria. 
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