Notes From The Sidelines

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Many people feel "sidelined" from our busy and preoccupied culture at some time in their lives, whether by unemployment, injury, illness, disability or retirement. Poems such as Suffering Hope, Sidelines and Regrets describe a journey of struggle for perspective and meaning. Other poems including Old Sweaters, Clutter and Ode to E-Mail, celebrate the humor, playfulness and joy of little things and everyday life. Thirty years later, people such as Bill, Louie and Kitty, provide irony, fun and inspiration for the ...

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Overview

Many people feel "sidelined" from our busy and preoccupied culture at some time in their lives, whether by unemployment, injury, illness, disability or retirement. Poems such as Suffering Hope, Sidelines and Regrets describe a journey of struggle for perspective and meaning. Other poems including Old Sweaters, Clutter and Ode to E-Mail, celebrate the humor, playfulness and joy of little things and everyday life. Thirty years later, people such as Bill, Louie and Kitty, provide irony, fun and inspiration for the journey. Notes from the Sidelines will leave you more thoughtful, inspired, playful and appreciative of the struggles and joys of life.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781440131004
  • Publisher: iUniverse, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/20/2009
  • Pages: 220
  • Product dimensions: 0.63 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 9.00 (d)

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  • Posted October 27, 2009

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    An Intimate, Fun, Easy Read That Leaves You Feeling Really Good.

    Notes From The Sidelines is a triumphant book of easy-to-read & accessible poetry chronicling in intimate depth the personal experiences of author Leslie Anne Miller's life both working with the disabled & elderly, as well as living a life from the sidelines herself. With each poem Miller stands naked before you, freely revealing her most intimate journey to fully enjoy life while enduring the struggles of living with her own chronic illness. She brings understanding & compassion to those who live with disabilities & are either not understood, listened to, or not able to speak for themselves. And she brings joy & love to everyone by, with the finesse of a seasoned writer, infusing hope into the mundane & practical world. Reading this book leaves you with appreciation of simple pleasures, greater understanding of those different from you, and great spiritual warmth that will help you live more in the here and now. Whenever I am feeling lost, alone or sidelined myself I pick up this book & join Miller to recharge my battery and find peace & solace. A perfect gift for anyone working as a Care Giver or in the Health Care industry. I am happy to share this book with everyone I know. Love to you all!

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  • Posted October 27, 2009

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    An Intimate, Fun, Easy Read That Leaves You Feeling Really Good.

    Notes From The Sidelines is a triumphant book of easy-to-read & accessible poetry chronicling in intimate depth the personal experiences of author Leslie Anne Miller's life both working with the disabled & elderly, as well as living a life from the sidelines herself. With each poem Miller stands naked before you, freely revealing her most intimate journey to fully enjoy life while enduring the struggles of living with her own chronic illness. She brings understanding & compassion to those who live with disabilities & are either not understood, listened to, or not able to speak for themselves. And she brings joy & love to everyone by, with the finesse of a seasoned writer, infusing hope into the mundane & practical world. Reading this book leaves you with appreciation of simple pleasures, greater understanding of those different from you, & great spiritual warmth that will help you live more in the here and now. Whenever I'm feeling lost, alone or sidelined myself I pick up this book & join Miller to recharge my battery and find peace & solace. A perfect gift for anyone working as a Care Giver or in the Health Care industry. I am happy to share this book with everyone I know. Love to you all!

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  • Posted May 16, 2009

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    creative and inspiring

    this is delightful reading ... it gave me a greater appreciation for those living on the sidelines ... i have read it from cover to cover twice ... and have shared it with many of my friends and relatives ... it is beautifully done ...

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  • Posted April 19, 2009

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    For the home library and those who truly care

    PERSONAL REVIEW
    BOOK ENTITLED
    "NOTES FROM THE SIDELINES"
    4-15-09

    As one who has been, and still, is On the Sidelines, I have read and reviewed Leslie Ann Miller's book of poems. I first of all am a senor citizen, a stroke victim, and have served as a Washington State Elder Care Ombudsman and currently serve on the Board of Directors of the West Seattle Senior Citizens Center.

    I am first of all amazed at the wide scope of feelings, emotions, and the psychological impact of the experiences and activities in which Leslie has participated as a foremost leader in the social sciences.

    She somehow has gleamed instances in her life that strongly strum the heartstrings of most all of us; and particularly those who have, for one reason or another, garnered feelings that they are on the sidelines to the normal flow of our culture today.

    And speaking of today, we in our nation and the world face challenges never before faced that push many to the sidelines. This covers assorted types of personal crises wherein peoples hunger, shelter, and medical needs are stretched and stimulate feelings and emotions that Leslie's poems cover so beautifully.

    I am mostly impressed by those instances that relate to the handicapped and those who may be in mourning. Poems seem to have a way of getting down to earth and identifying those things nearest to our heart and our true being.

    Ralph E. Johnson
    Seattle WA
    4-18-9

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  • Posted April 19, 2009

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    For those who care!!

    PERSONAL REVIEW
    BOOK ENTITLED
    "NOTES FROM THE SIDELINES"
    4-15-09

    As one who has been, and still, is On the Sidelines, I have read and reviewed Leslie Ann Miller's book of poems. I first of all am a senor citizen, a stroke victim, and have served as a Washington State Elder Care Ombudsman and currently serve on the Board of Directors of the West Seattle Senior Citizens Center.

    I am first of all amazed at the wide scope of feelings, emotions, and the psychological impact of the experiences and activities in which Leslie has participated as a foremost leader in the social sciences.

    She somehow has gleamed instances in her life that strongly strum the heartstrings of most all of us; and particularly those who have, for one reason or another, garnered feelings that they are on the sidelines to the normal flow of our culture today.

    And speaking of today, we in our nation and the world face challenges never before faced that push many to the sidelines. This covers assorted types of personal crises wherein peoples hunger, shelter, and medical needs are stretched and stimulate feelings and emotions that Leslie's poems cover so beautifully.

    I am mostly impressed by those instances that relate to the handicapped and those who may be in mourning. Poems seem to have a way of getting down to earth and identifying those things nearest to our heart and our true being.

    Ralph E. Johnson
    Seattle WA
    4-18-9

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