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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2013

    Great read

    This book is about a woman who is losing her vision. She is learning to ajust to her life as a ligaly blind. She starts to learn that the you have to forget about your past and look forword to your life a head of you. She also learnd that asking for help takes alot of curage and the best part of your life is the famly around you.
    Lulu 11
    (Sorry about my spelling errers)

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 9, 2013

    more from this reviewer

    A Lilac Wolf and Stuff Review When I reviewed Hippie Boy, I tol

    A Lilac Wolf and Stuff Review

    When I reviewed Hippie Boy, I told you I didn't even know it was a true story until I had finished reading it. Ingrid really does have a flair for words. She came to me and asked if I'd like to review it. I remembered her and knew for a fact I would love to read anything she writes. So here we are. And if you come back on Friday, she has sent along a guest post and a giveaway of her book Focus.

    So, back to the book. Ingrid is writing about her degenerative eye disease, Retinitis Pigmentosa - which I'd never heard of before. She was going blind, slowly. And I wonder if that's worse. You are constantly aware of your field of vision getting smaller and smaller by degrees. She really does paint a vivid picture of the roller coaster of emotions.

    Well, like most strong women, she wasn't willing to just accept the diagnosis and crawl into a corner. Her husband started problem solving and they moved into the city she she could use public transportation for anything she couldn't walk to. And she found a new doctor with alternative treatments. While it didn't cure her eyes, she did really come so much further than her journey through her childhood.

    The fun thing in this book was reading about her desire to finish her memoir, Hippie Boy. She kept putting it off until her whole family was sick of hearing about it. There was a scene where her daughters were pretending to be her as an old woman saying, "My book! I need to finish my book!" and it was like a slap in the face. And then she made it happen. I'm glad she did, it was so good.

    The not so comfortable bits were seeing things that I do that aren't helping me in my life there in print form. This memoir will make you laugh, cry, and think...much more than you probably want to. But it's totally worth the time and effort. And really, it's not much time. This woman has a way of grabbing you by the eyes and holding on until she's ready to let go.

    I freaked out when I had forgotten the timeline I promised to review it in. I started reading it on Tuesday night. I finished it Wednesday morning during my workout. Seriously, like 2 hours. While I get that it's only 100 pages long, that time still went by incredibly fast - not a boring moment in here. And a funny little twist, she also talked about stem cells. She needs to talk to Amy from Monday! lol

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2013

    Reeally good

    Good soul read

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  • Posted November 11, 2012

    In ┬┐Focus┬┐ Ingrid Ricks deals with the consequences of living wi

    In “Focus” Ingrid Ricks deals with the consequences of living with the degenerative eye disease retinitis pigmentosa. She learns to “focus” on, and appreciate, the important things in life. Shortly after receiving the diagnosis, she travels to a poor village in Africa and learns, in a heartbreaking chapter, what true suffering and deprivation is. She stops feeling sorry for herself, resets her priorities and decides to seize each passing day. (Her wonderful book “Hippie Boy” is one of the results.) You wouldn’t expect a book on a progressive illness to be so uplifting, but Ingrid Ricks’ writing is always perceptive and engaging. It’s well worth your attention.

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