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Life Is a Gift (Ordinary Life Is Beautiful)

by Carolyn Henderson

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For the bulk of humanity who aren't movie characters or politicians, life consists of ordinary events and obligations -- the job (or lack of it), house or rent payments, mowing the lawn, figuring out why the cat just threw up on the leather sofa.

In a series of short, upbeat, humorous essays, Carolyn Henderson looks at the oddities and ends that ordinary people live through every day, lightly commenting on the absurdity of some of it, but the poignancy as well. The wife and manager of fine artist Steve Henderson, Carolyn draws readers into her household of the Norwegian Artist, their Progeny, and a rotating supply of farm and household animals.

At the end of each encouraging vignette is an image of a painting by the Norwegian Artist, whose visual work mirrors the optimistic tone of Carolyn's writing.

From Facebook to the Empty Nest Syndrome, from wet towels on the bathroom floor to the dreaded but expected health insurance notice in the mail, Carolyn addresses the real issues that real people live. Her message is one of hope, encouragement, and a belief in the importance and honor of everyday life lived by everyday people.
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