Thank you. Thank you for all you do. Thank you for not only for being who you are, but for being so incredibly human. I appreciate you. You are, hands down, the best part about living in this great big, often frightening, ever confusing, but stunning world. And although the following statement is said often, it cannot be said often enough: God bless you.
Another cliche is, the cream always rises to the top. However, you, Sean, are the rarified intoxicating air above the cream who fills our hearts with such beauty and love. Bless you sir! What Mark said in his wonderful comment is so true. Thank you for noticing the details in seemingly ordinary daily life, Sean. Kirk E Chamberlain - May 12, am. Good is still out there, sometimes we just have to look up. Thank you Sean. Squaring my shoulders, putting my game face on, and heading back out to a roomful of 7th grade boys who are as ready for school to be done as I am.
It may be corny but this morning, I needed reminding of how truly marvelous I am. God bless. Thank you, Sean. Thanks for noticing all the little things we do and how truly magnificent we all are! Love this. In these turbulent times, we need to remember that we are all human beings and that we can make a difference in the world, one kind deed at a time. Thank you for starting my every morning with your uplifting words even when they make my eyes leak!
You forgot one in your list of indivisible people that give our lives a purpose…Thank you to the red-haired country gentlemen from rural America that comes into our lives everyday and reminds us just how blessed we are. You make us laugh, you make us smile and you make us cry.
You remind us that we are all different yet we are all the same. You remind us that we are not alone in this journey and that journey is worth taking. Plus you give great hugs. That is you Sean. God bless you. Your words are so grounding, pulling us out of our own heads, out of tripe written on social media, out of news of warring political parties and a media with dirty hands intentionally dividing us—all for ratings. Thank you and God bless you, Sean, for making your readers days brighter, happier, and more hopeful, while pointing out that mankind is still good and decent.
A great big thank you for your inspiring words. God bless you, too, Sean. Pat Morgan - May 12, pm. And the writer who sees the good in this nutso, screwed-up world. YOU are special, Sean. You make me laugh; you make me feel better. And I forward many of your columns to my six kids and their spouses and my 17 grandchildren and There Will Never Be Another You spouses. By their responses to me, they enjoy them too and several of them have subscribed themselves.
I have seen all of those people you just wrote about! God Bless you, Sean! I love having coffee with you every morning! I appreciate you Sean for reminding me of all these good people. Helps keep my faith alive and reminds me that I need to be one of them. And YOU, Sean. You, who always sees the best in everyone. You, who has a heart so big, filled with so much compassion and love.
It spills over in all you write and all you do that we never hear about. I pray it spills onto those who need a touch of kindness and selflessness in their hearts. YOU are a special blessing to so many. Nobody and I mean nobody says just what needs to be said every single day. Thanks Sean! Your parents raised you right.
Thanks for reminding us that in this troubled world there is still good news. The most wonderful news is that God loves us and sent Jesus as our Redeemer! Every morning I read your column, and the world seems to be a better place. Mark twain has always been one of my favorite authors. Sean you are cut out of the same cloth only much better. He owes most of his popular musical fame to his soft baritone voice, which he used to perform in big band and jazz genres.
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Forgot your password? Retrieve it. Get promoted. Powered by OnRad. Think you know music? Test your MusicIQ here! In Lyrics. By Artist. By Album. Listen online. Year: Views Playlists: 1. Sort order. Jun 26, Rashaan rated it liked it Shelves: fiction. As a student of Carolyn See, and an admirer who has followed her stories since first meeting her in a dilapidated UCLA classroom There Will Never Be Another Youits incredibly difficult to separate this novel from her life.
Readers are not supposed to judge a piece of art based on the author's life. We should be able to look solely at the work itself to form astute criticisms, but there are just some creations that allude too much to what could be autobiographical, and the writer's personal stories can't be overlooked As a student of Carolyn See, and an admirer who has followed her stories since first meeting her in a dilapidated UCLA classroom inits incredibly difficult to separate this novel from her life.
We should be able to look solely at the work itself to form astute criticisms, but there are just some creations that allude too much to what could be autobiographical, and the writer's personal stories can't be overlooked.
They practically scream off the page. The narrator, Edith, grieves the recent loss of her husband and soul mate while the TV in the background replays images of the Twin Towers disintegrating into flames and rubble. Each incident strikes home. The last time I saw See, she was caring for her companion, John Espey, while he bout with a terminal illness.
He died in In class and at local readings, See was very open about the declining health of her beloved, and we felt with her as she shared her stories. Edith's voice as first person narrator is as anyone would expect from See. She is wry, funny, and her words cut to the bone and marrow. Her love for her son is fierce: "He's sad. That's what makes him pale. I hardly ever see him laugh. Maybe he does when he's at home or when he's at work, but I can't imagine it.
I don't see the lines there, the lines in his face from laughing. Danny is Chinese. His family recently arrived in the States. We, along with Andrea, take a painfully uncomfortable and embarrassing trip to his cramped east side apartment, where his sister, uncles, and cousins, pressure Danny to stay true to family and culture, which loosely translates to "dump the white girl.
With Danny discreetly at her side, our privileged Sleeping Beauty awakens to the cruel realities of a racially fractured and unstable world. Coping with family illnesses, the families cling to each other while the rest of the world seems to implode around them.
I used to hear spine tingling tales from Bio Chem majors about strange south campus practices occurring in the radioactive labs and experiments gone awry while testing animals. Anyone who's ever forced to find their way through the Modernist labyrinths of the Sciences buildngs can attest to the shocking number of foreboding signs that warn non-authorized persons not to enter certain hallways. Yellow hazard lights warn people not to stray too far or too close. Chilling notices sprout in the most surprising places warning of "Radiation in Use.
See wraps an ordinary tale of an American middle class family unraveling under a cloak of political and scientific mystery. As the nation arms itself and grapples with hysteria and paranoia, Phil, our There Will Never Be Another You character, the father, son, and husband works as dermatologist on campus but gets recruited by the government to prepare for some unforeseeable disaster.
Though his higher ups never tell him what kind of disaster looms next, his life, in all aspects, is soon governed by a "need to know basis. As the centrifugal force of the story, he lulls us into antipathy. Phil just doesn't seem to care about the welfare of his family, or perhaps he cares too much yet is absolutely clueless on what to do about it. Like mother, like son, both Edith and Phil face their inner demons with Ambien, martinis, and Phil with an extra marital affair of his own, until each paints oneself into a corner and must finally face one another.
And, just as we come to know Phil for the spineless soul he is, just as we start to really resent his pathetic existence, See switches up the dynamics and Phil skyrockets onto a fiery path of strength and imagination, exactly what we need to break the shield of hurt, blame, and fear that we seem to find ourselves trapped in alongside the characters.
Fiction writers who read See will learn how to give the smallest scant of information to keep readers bated. See knows exactly how to hold the narrative pieces together and make the reader leap with her narrators. She's a minimalist when it comes to storytelling. She doesn't need to paint a whole scene; she just needs to tack down the right details, in as few notes as possible, before she moves onto the next scene.
Cut off from Ground Zero by time zones and distance, the attacks were surreal, yet they slit into us, viscerally, disembowling our psyche.
Disaster, already the backbone to Los Angeles, is only intensified. There Will Never Be Another You is a book of optimism written at a time when we most desperately need it. The stories encompass all stages of life from its most innocent and graceful to its most awkward and ugly.
See has this magical ability to force us to reacquaint ourselves with our most child-like dreams and fears, and, at the same time, she nudges us to grow up. Her stories assure us its never too late to become an adult, but we also have to hold onto what makes us feel young.
Jul 02, Jane rated it really liked it. Many of See's novels have this not-quite-right-anymore, quasi-apocalyptic tinge to them, as if society esp. California society is past some golden age. I love See's economy with dialogue and scenes: she develops just enough, and moves on. Her earlier novel, The Handyman, is on Many of See's novels have this not-quite-right-anymore, quasi-apocalyptic tinge to them, as if society esp.
Her earlier novel, The Handyman, is one of my favorite guilty literary pleasures: it's good, and it's a page-turner. This one is too. There's love, bioterrorism, jazz, social commentary, sex, school, death, and intergenerational tensions, and Phil, Esther, Andrea, Danny, and all the rest try to make work a world which is hostile to their deepest human wishes. And, to some degree, they do. Feb 03, Juliana rated it really liked it Shelves: family-dramacaliforniafiction. Below was my first review of this book.
It came back up in my bookpile and I decided to give it another shot. I took it up a star this time. See holds up--and I hope more discover her as a voice of California There Will Never Be Another You. She is a fantastically gifted writer. And yet--you are still there in Southern California with people playing out their family dramas and living life.
I still prefer Golden Days--this one was softer. Well, upon finishing the book, I looked at the reviews and, I find that I am disappointed by the reviews. Listening to this book reminded me of Farthing, by Jo Walton. While Farthing is set in an alternative reality where the second world war turned out differently, this reality is only a little different with a little more paranoia, just a hint more fascism.
In both books, the focus is on families that seem, for the most part, to be oblivious to the world at large. The characters are not partic Well, upon finishing the book, I looked at the reviews and, I find that I am disappointed by the reviews.
The characters are not particularly likeable. While Farthing focused on upper class English society in the late 40's, this book is set mostly between and and her characters are more upper middle class a.
So Edith is a grieving widow with an oblivious dermatologist son in a loveless marriage except that Edith isn't really grieving. She's lonely She's just post dead husband. Her son, Phil, is not truly oblivious. His assumptions about his world are just wrong. And so, as we observe these characters who know so little about the bigger picture, we can extrapolate the environment and society that they have allowed, through their inattentiveness, to develop around them.
While I wouldn't consider it to be an allegory, it is obviously not intended to be reality based. This book was different, and I didn't hate it, but I didn't really love it either.
Far removed from the scene of New York, the book explores a family of characters, whose lives are affected by the aftermath of detruction, loss and death. Phil deals with his crumbling marriage and the scary potential of his rising career, Edith loses her husband and tries to find a way to start over, Vern sees his mother cheat on his father Phil and acts out accordingly, Andrea and Danny are brought together by the thin thread of organ donation.
In all, it's not a bad book, it just deals with life on a larger scope than See's previous books, which There Will Never Be Another You handles well--though not perfectly. I'd still recommend The Handyman to anyone searching for a See recommendation, but in terms of recovering from loss, this book also does well. Sep 01, Alfonso rated it it was ok Shelves: fiction. The book was an okay read. The family lives in Los Angeles and jumps between a couple of characters.
At the end of the book you don't care what happens to any of the characters. Phil is a doctor at UCLA medical hospital and gets recruited to be a part of a secret group of doctors that will work for the government in case of a terrorist attack. His mother Edith is a widow and volunteers at the hospital were her son works.
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