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Book Review: Dancin' Schmancin' with the Scars
No Matter Our Age, We Still Need to Find Joy in Our Life - As This Author Knows!
Humor Heals - So Go Ahead and Enjoy a Book That Helps Us See the Funny Side to our Difficulties
We have all heard about the healing power of humor, yet sometimes life overwhelms us so much that is difficult to find the humor in OUR situation. We can see the irony and humor in the adventures of other people, yet have difficulty seeing the same humor when these things happen to us. Every human has experienced those periods of time when our problems just seem so oppressive that we believe we have lost our capacity for laughter.
Recently, I had the pleasure of meeting Jan Marshall, the founder of the International Humor and Healing Institute and the author of "Dancin' Schmancin' with the Scars: Finding the Humor No Matter What!" She is a delightfully direct and honest woman who has gone through some tough times in her life. She is a breast cancer survivor and faced a variety of other hardships. Through it all, she still loves to laugh and go dancing!
In her endearing book, which has a 5-Star rating on Amazon, she is able to help us all laugh at our aging bodies, our foibles, online dating, and complicated modern technology. Personally, I could completely relate to her chapters on dealing with Seri on my iPhone and "girth control." Ms. Marshall's book also contains chapters where she talks about crying after her breast cancer diagnosis and, afterwards, finding the irony and the lighter side of her disease. How many people can do that?
According to her, "Not a shred of evidence exists that life is serious." What an amazing attitude! You know what? I think she's right!
Here are just a few of her charming chapter titles:
Romance and Seniors
Sorry Siri, Wrong Number
Cheddar Cheese Ages, Not Us!
Yes, I Shot My Scale, But I Shot It in Self Defense, Sheriff
Ben Franklin's Mother Was a Nag, Too
Touch By an Angel in an Inappropriate Place
Whether you want to lighten up your life or you are looking for a way to get through a period of fear and stress in your own life, you'll want to pick up a copy of this book and give yourself the gift of laughter!