A Different Golden Rule

Cow & Boy

Never do unto others what you would have others do unto you. They might have different tastes.
—George Bernard Shaw

Some kind of help is the kind of help that helping’s all about. Some kind of help is the kind of help we can all do without.
—Marlo Thomas in Free to Be Me and You

picture of bikehikebabe

bikehikebabe has been experiencing the difference in kinds of help lately, as she recovers from her hip replacement. She has been listening to books on CDs and asked her husband to pick some up at the library for her. She told him to just look for women authors and don’t read the description on the back of the jacket, because if he would like it, she wouldn’t. She would take her chances on random women authors. Unfortunately he couldn’t resist reading the descriptions and brought home CDs that he would like in her situation…stories about international intrigue.

In fairness he did bring home one story by a woman author, as she requested, and it turned out to be too mushy with no plot. The ones he picked were actually better. So who’s to tell how one’s efforts will turn out? Still it’s usually a good idea to try to listen to what the other person thinks she wants. 😉

Do you have any suggestions for books bikehikebabe might like? What are some of your favorites? She would appreciate your ideas.

Thanks to Grannymar, Robert, rummuser, bikehikebabe and Fred for commenting on last week’s post.
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7 Responses to A Different Golden Rule

  1. Grannymar says:

    I am not one of life’s natural readers and look to my Elly for inspiration. I never thought of CD books…. it might well be the way to overcome my mental block on gaining knowledge and entertainment.

    I do have one double CD of ‘words’ – A Classic BBC Radio full cast drama of Dylan Thomas’ poetic play for voices starring Richard Burton as the Narrator (voice like chocolate!). ISBN 0-563-38860-9

    Also in BBC collection are:

    A Room With a View – E M Forster ISBN 0563 553227
    Cold Comfort Farm – Stella Gibbons ISBN 0563 226617
    Women in Love – D H Lawrence ISBN 0563 389842
    To the Lighthouse – Virginia Woolf ISBN 0563 553987
    Titus Groan & Gormenghast – Mervyn Peake ISBN 0563 410302
    Our Man in Havana – Graham Greene ISBN 0563 226390

    Grannymars last blog post..The Healing Tree

  2. rummuser says:

    Zen and the art of Motorcycle Maintenance:-)

    rummusers last blog post..Whining.

  3. Jean says:

    Thank you both!

  4. bikehikebabe says:

    Very nice to get a supply of good book selections.Thanks!
    I hear thunder & must do my daily walk before it rains.

  5. Cathy in NZ says:

    I already have a lot of books here…that I haven’t gotten around to reading!

    In the last few days I have been moving bedrooms and a stack of books got uplifted at some point from beside the bed…I notice a couple I have bought, that somehow I don’t think I have read past the first few pages!

    Of course, they have just been shifted in their stacks…not direct to the new bedroom but rather to a holding/sorting out area. Time will tell if they get read during this next Semester which begins tomorrow 🙂

  6. Jean says:

    Sorry it took me so long to answer, your comment got hung up in my spam filter. I get tired just thinking of all you do. I’m impressed. Good for you! 🙂

  7. My wife is into autobiographies. I don’t care much for them. Even Angela’s Ashes, which she was fanatical over, didn’t do much for me.

    But Jeannette Walls’ “The Glass Castle” was one that I’ll remember for a long time.

    Another really good one was “The Dream:A Memoir” by Harry Bernstein, and even his “The Invisible Wall”.

    My preference is for non-fiction. You can view from my blog the books I’ve read recently.

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