LARGER THAN LIFE

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LARGER THAN LIFE

NOT USUALLY A FAN OF SHORT STORIES – THIS ONE WASN’T TOO SHORT AND REALLY TOLD A MAGNIFICENT STORY.  I NEVER EXPECTED JODI PICOULT TO WRITE ABOUT TRYING TO SAVE ELEPHANTS FROM THE IVORY TUSK TRADE OR LEARNING HOW “AN ELEPHANT NEVER FORGETS”.  PARALLELED WITH ALICE’S OWN BOND WITH HER MOTHER, THE STORY BECAME VERY TOUCHING.  REFRESHING TO GET AWAY FROM ALL THE MURDER MYSTERIES FOR A WHILE!  THIS ACTUALLY MADE ME PRE-ORDER JODI PICOULT’S LATEST NOVEL LEAVING TIME.

PUBLISHER’S EXCERPT:

A researcher studying memory in elephants, Alice is fascinated by the bonds between mother and calf—the mother’s powerful protective instincts and her newborn’s unwavering loyalty. Living on a game reserve in Botswana, Alice is able to view the animals in their natural habitat—while following an important rule: She must only observe and never interfere. Then she finds an orphaned young elephant in the bush and…

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20 Thoughts That go Through Your Head Before a Gymnastics Meet: Parent, Gymnast, Coach, Judge and Meet Director Perspectives

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In honor of the 2014-2015 competitive meet season beginning, twenty thoughts that go through your head before a gymnastics meet from the perspectives of a parent, a gymnast, a coach, a judge and a meet director: 

Parent…

  1. Are we late? My daughter will kill me if we are.
  2. Coffee? Please let there be coffee…
  3. Where are my friends?
  4. Where is Missy’s mom…I don’t know how to do her hair?
  5. I hope she doesn’t want to go to lunch after this.
  6. I wonder if she remembered her grips?
  7. Oh that judge has such pretty red hair…
  8. I hope she went pee.
  9. How is it that all the front row seats are taken?
  10. I hope I packed enough snacks for her.
  11. My god, I’ve been on movie sets with less camera equipment than that dad has on him.
  12. I don’t even like hot dogs, yet strangely I am craving one.
  13. Did I…

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