Listen to the Wisest of All

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In this beautifully illustrated book, individuals from 88-104 years old from differing backgrounds share life stories, values, and accumulated wisdom. This is a great gift book for parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles and friends because they will enjoy the inspirational stories, words of advice and will have an opportunity to leave their own legacy just as the individuals in the book have done.

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Rita Blockman is a retired social worker. Although she began her career working with older adults, she spent the majority of her career as a regional director of an international adoption agency. She lives in Champaign, IL with her husband, Arnold, who is a state court judge. They have two children. Rachel is married and is a Special Education teacher. Jonathan is engaged to be married and is a Project Manager at a Landscape company in AZ. In her spare time, Rita enjoys classical music, flower gardening, yoga and traveling. Kimberly Morin has always had an appreciation and awareness of the wisdom that emanates from those who have lived long lives. Her professional background is in social work, and she has served as a supervisor of a domestic violence shelter. Kim has two children and one grandchild. Her older daughter, Danielle, is a social worker and her younger daughter, Hannah, is working and attending college. Kim has a variety of interests including painting, drawing, jewelry design and container gardening. Kim also loves being with her dogs who are her constant companions.

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Recently, I stumbled upon Listen to the Wisest of all. I read this 108 page book cover -to- cover in one sitting. I literally could not put it down. As a therapist, mother, grandmother and human being, I learned something from each of the thirteen vignettes. The wisdoms and insights on contemporary society portrayed in each interview with people in the nineties cover topics such as friendship, marriage, child-rearing, discipline, education, religion, wealth and much more. The book was written in the first person point of view by social workers Rita Blockman and Kimberly Morin who interject their own perspectives. I especially enjoyed reading about the daily lives of these senior citizens and how they have integrated traditional values into today's world. At the end of the book are guidelines for leaving your own legacy which is extremely practical and easy to use. This book is a must in every household of young parents, adults approaching midlife, aging baby boomers, and all ages in between. Additionally, I would enjoy seeing Listen to the Wisest of All on the required list of high school sociology classes and professional college curriculum in the social services and gerontology. Debra L. Karplus, MS --Debra L. Karplus, MS

Blockman and Morin have helped to fill a rather wide gap in the current literature, both popular and scientific, on aging and the elderly. Whereas so many books presently address aging in terms of "prevention," with theses aimed at diet, exercise, chemical compounds, etc., their proper subject is, laudable enough , health. The precious value in accumulated years, experience, and perspective, I feel, is largely overlooked in such texts. But here comes a book focused not on heart disease, but rather on what makes this sample of elders tick; not on cognitive decline, but on the thoughts and insights of people who have had many, many years to form opinions and strategies for approaching others and the world around them. The book is certainly not an explicit how-to for beating the toll of years. It is, however, a lovely look at simply the personalities of some who are defying the assumptions about the aging process. --Jeff Hamburg, Attorney at Law

I just ran across this exceptional book and I can heartily recommend it to anyone wishing to learn more about the men and women who have made this country as great as it is today. This rich collection of reminiscences and anecdotes of 14 seniors, ranging up to age 104, immediately reminded me of Tom Brokaw's The Greatest Generation, which topped the best-seller list for many weeks several years ago. If he hasn't seen this book, he should, because it would make him proud! Nowadays, at a time when people in our country are dealing with bad economic times, we would do well to listen to the wisest of all, most of whom struggled and survived the Great Depression, two world wars, and many, many other trials and tribulations throughout their long lives. Buy this book today. You certainly won't be disappointed! --Michael Garee, Author

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