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QUIET by Susan Cain

QUIET by Susan Cain

Browsing through  the audio books on one of my favorite websites, Audible.com, I was drawn to a book called Quiet, by Susan Cain. The title caught my attention, but it was the subtitle that hooked me: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking. An introvert through and through, I knew I had to read this book and I am so glad I did. Quiet is a revolutionary work that has garnered attention and respect in ever-widening circles.  To me, it is just one more example of the growing understanding of how the mind works and the alchemy that is taking place globally between the body, mind and spirit.

Throughout my life, I, like most other introverts, endured society’s persistent pressure to change, to be something other than I am. The most essential characteristics that made me, me, were of little interest or value to the world in which I lived. As I listened to Susan Cain’s thoughts and discoveries, I could feel my body relax, my mind ease, and my spirit lift. It’s seems that I am not the only one whose well-intentioned parents pushed them into social situations where they were destined to fail or feel inadequate; or the teen hovering on the periphery of social acceptability, only to be labeled “stuck up” by those who didn’t understand the fear I lived with every day. Others also struggled to succeed and excel in academics and the work place, those who were not gregarious enough to be noticed and thought to be unintelligent as a result.

I worked every day to be different from the way I was, seeking careers that did not suit me, wondering all the while why I was miserable.  I eventually gave up the battle, but not the war. That is, until I read Quiet and through sharing in the author’s own experience and research I was able at last to value the person that I truly am.

 Susan Cain’s explanation of the science behind the introvert/extrovert dichotomy is fascinating. Her explanation of our culture’s obsession with extroversion allows the introvert to see themselves in a very different light. I have recommended this book to more people than almost any other book, as I discover how many incredible people are closet introverts. I know everyone does not enjoy reading non-fiction as much as I do, so rather than simply write a review, I thought I’d go through Quiet here and highlight some of the salient points. Perhaps that will be enough for you. If not, I hope you’ll read the book. It’s available in paperback and on audio. Stay tuned for subsequent posts.


Aging Abundantly’s ~ A Little Book of Hope

Aging Abundantly’s ~ A Little Book of Hope

“Just when the caterpillar thought her world was over, she became a butterfly.Book of Quotes and Inspiration

“A Little Book of Hope” is a pocketful of inspiration for the woman at midlife and beyond. Filled with quotes and powerful vignettes, it is designed to inspire and uplift the reader and provides the perfect  companion for the weary life traveler.

“I keep my copy by my bed and the pages are already dogeared from reading it so much. Whenever I pick it up I seem to find something that gives me hope and lifts my spirits!”  says fifty-two year old Cindy L. “My kids left home in September and I’m still trying to adjust, to find myself again and Dorothy’s book has been just what I needed.”

“I’ve been taking care of my elderly mother full time for the last several months. I don’t have time to sit down and read a book but I can grab a few minutes here and there to read one of Dorothy’s little stories or reflect on a quote.  The book has saved my life. I even read bits and pieces to Mom when she is having a bad day and it really seems to help her.”   Martha L. (62)

The attractive cover and perfect size makes it an ideal gift for a friend or loved one. Give a copy to someone in your life who needs a little extra hope.



What people are saying:
“Time after time, Dorothy Sander of Aging Abundantly articulates in a way I only wish I could what I’ve been thinking, feeling, and experiencing. “ ~Bonnie McFarland, Savoring Your Sixties
“Dorothy, you have taken the words right out of my heart! Thank you so much for writing what I am feeling but could not put into words!”  ~Wendy Ellicott
“You’ve taken a muddled, confusing issue and made it crystal clear! You’ve given me a terrific and wonderful gift.” ~Caroline“
I could read your writing for ever. As a person over 60, I can relate with so much of what you write.”  ~Anne Hearn, Working Boomer
“Your words ring true to me as I am struggling to find my place and legacy in this world.” ~Dede***“Dorothy ~ Your thoughts never cease to amaze me and they always touch something deep inside. You make me think a little harder than I normally might and I love that about you.” ~ Diane
Entering the Age of Elegance

Entering the Age of Elegance

Chloe Jon Paul

Travel through your “rite of passage” into the “age of elegance” with Chloe Jon Paul as your guide. Entering the Age of Elegance, written in the format of a travel guide, presents a detailed itinerary and plenty of guidance for a well planned journey.  Jon Paul discusses every conceivable aspect of aging, some you may have already addressed and others you may never have thought to consider.There is something for everyone interested in handling the aging process with intention and purpose in order to arrive at what Jon Paul views as the destination, becoming an “elegant woman”.

Chole Jon Paul’s vision of the elegant aging woman is an appealing one, matching well the sensibilities of the modern sixty something woman. The “elegant woman” is confident, demure, and in charge-of-herself, like Maya Angelou, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and Meryl Streep.  While the forty or fifty something modern woman might find herself a bit out of step with Jon Paul’s dipiction, Entering the Age of Elegance is still a useful, information packed guide for the weary traveler.

The book takes a pragmatic approach to a wide range of topics, yet dips daringly beneath the surface of the every day, run-of-the mill how-to book. Jon Paul provides enough references materials, websites to visit, books to read and things to think about to take us beyond the grave. She dares to approach even the most difficult topics head on, such as the fear of becoming a burden, losing ones mental and physical capabilities, and even death, the last frontier.

Chloe Jon Paul’s book is indeed a Practical Guide for the Modern Maturing Woman as the subtitle suggests and well worth the purchase price. If you are feeling stuck or uneasy about any part of the aging process, this book will provides plenty of suggestions on how to take the next step in your journey. It is a book you will use as a reference guide for years to come.

Chloe Jon Paul, M.Ed., is a retired educator and has written several published articles and a previous book entitled “What Happens Next: A Family Guide to Nursing Home Visits.

Her many achievements since the age of 55 include:

  • Title of Ms. Maryland Senior America 2003
  • Recipient of the Fulbright Fellowship Seminars Abroad award to South Africa, 1996
  • Volunteer internship during the 2005 Maryland legislative session as a Legacy Leadership Institute graduate
  • Lead facilitator for the Alternatives to Violence Project in prison and community workshops on conflict resolution for ten years
  • State representative for the National Family Caregivers Association’s caregiver community action network 2006-2008
  • Advisory board member: MD, Healthcare Commission and the Interagency Commission for Aging Services: Maryland Dept. of Aging
  • Hospice and homeless shelter volunteer
  • Coordinator for the Good Samaritan Project at her church
  • World traveler – all 7 continents
  • Format: Softcover
    ISBN 13: 978-1-935097-05-1
    LCCN: 2008911363
    Publication Date: 2/23/2009
    Pages: 134
    Trim Size: 8.8 X 5.9 X 0.4 inches

    List Price: $12.95