Sullivan Taylor & Gumina April 2018

JOSEPH F. EMMERTH A LOOK AT FAMILY LAW OF SULLIVAN TAYLOR & GUMINA, P.C.

APR 2018

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READING AND WRITING

Your Way Through Life

April 2 is Children’s Book Day, and it has me thinking about stories, books, and other material I’ve read recently. Books are powerful

their home back from a couple that wants to remodel it into their dream cottage. These days, my tastes vary from horror to nonfiction. Recently, I’ve been reading a nonfiction book by Niall Ferguson, “The Square and the Tower: Networks and Power, from the Freemasons to Facebook.” although I don’t usually read many nonfiction books, I’ve found this book to be pretty interesting.

tools, and they can teach us important lessons that we can apply to our own lives. For kids in particular, books empower them to make good decisions and live a life with more empathy and understanding.

A valuable practice is to reflect on something after you’ve read it. Let the words and stories sink in, and you may find yourself arriving

My favorite book as a kid was “The House on Deer- Track Trail,” written

at a deeper meaning. This same principle can be applied to your own life’s story. Take the time to reflect on your own life; you may find you have a pretty interesting story yourself. Our lives are filled with diverse characters, dynamic conflicts, and varied events — all the makings of a good book. Is there something you’ve been struggling with in your life? If so, just remember you’re the author of your own book. It’s never too late to start thinking about your own life story and what you’d like to see happen in it.

“START THINKING ABOUT YOUR OWN LIFE STORY AND WHAT YOU’D LIKE TO HAPPEN IN IT.”

by Marty Kelly and illustrated by Ronald Himler. It’s about a group of animals who live in a ruined house. They must take

Does your story include that vacation you always wanted to go on? Will it include the constant conflicts with your ex-spouse? Whether your story includes happy moments or strife, always remember that you’re the author. Be sure your story is a good one and take the steps to make your life easier and more enjoyable. This April, think about what you’d like to have in your story — you can work through the issues one step at a time. When you decide a chapter needs to change, grab that pen and start writing it the way you want it to be. -Joseph Emmerth

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