Before, Afdre, and After …

Before, Afdre, and After (My stroke . . . oh what fun)

2017 PW Before,

“When Maureen Twomey was only thirty-three years old, she experienced a massive stroke-one that took away her ability to read, write, walk, and even speak (AAAAAAAHHH!!). Well, she wasn’t about to go down without a fight …

In Before, Afdre and After, Twomey offers a sometimes heartbreaking, sometimes comical, and ultimately inspiring glimpse at what it is to lose everything when you’re supposed to be in the prime of your life-and what it takes to get it back, piece by tiny piece.”


“What’s so funny and inspiring about a stroke? Now I know..”

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… Just kidding   😉

But Praise for Before, Afdre, and After


“thoughtful, insiteful and funny!”

Before, Afdre, and After (My stroke … oh what fun)

“Very good read, whether you have had a stroke or someone you know did.

She is very thoughtful, insiteful and funny!”



My book report of “1984”

My book report of “1984” by George Orwell

(when I was in 9th grade?)


I read the book and we all had to review it. I liked it, but I don’t remember what I wrote when I was in high-school. And I didn’t keep a copy of my paper, so I have to read it again I guess.


Hmm, let’s check out what Amazon reviewers say of “1984” –

Customers, 4.5 out of 5 stars!


One review:

3 out of 5 – “Great!”

… What? He/She thought it was great so why did he/she only give it 3 stars? …


“Purchased the least expensive new edition, but you get what you pay for. I find the binding to be uneven and the print to be somewhat faded. Great read!”


… uh, that’s not George Orwell’s fault that the binding was uneven. So maybe you should edit your review.


Here’s another review, on Goodreads:

Matthew: (5 stars)

“Yes! This book! Amazing! Terrifying, brutal, intricate, prophetic – and, in one big word, GENIUS!

This was a reread – the last time I read this was over 20 years ago and I wanted to see if the 5 star rating and its standing in one of my top 3 favorite books held up – and it most certainly does.

If this book was written today in the midst of the slew of dystopian novels that come out, it may not have stood out. But, this book was way ahead of its time. Written in a post WWII era where the fears of dictatorships and brutal tyranny were fresh in the minds of the people, this book plays off that fear and adds a dark vision of a potential future.

This is where the genius of Orwell comes in. The book is mainly the manifesto of the Party that the main character is seeking to rebell against. But, the ideology and descriptions of this dystopian world are not presented in a boring way – they are fascinating. The fact that Orwell created this world and laid out not only a terrifying political environment, but the rules for the new language they were creating, is beyond amazing.

Finally, some of the things he describes sound all too possible in our current world. The controversial elections this week in the US only added to the intensity of this book.

Read this! Especially if you are a fan of modern dystopia, you must read the fore fathers – 1984 and Brave New World.

And, remember – Big Brother is watching!”


Until I read “1984” again, I give it 4.7 stars   🙂

(I guess I should have not added a smiley face, but I did.)


Check out the reviews on Goodreads and Amazon.

… And if you review “1984” it’s not George Orwell’s fault that the binding was uneven.


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This year Sue got a …

That Christmas Sue got a freezer to put Sally (the Snow Girl) in when it was hot outside.

Sally 9


This year she got a great book, Before, Afdre, and After !
Yea!   😉


Praise for Before, Afdre, and After (My stroke … oh what fun)


“Wow. I can appreciate the fact that this book was not as easy as turning spell checker on. The amazing story, the endless support of friends and family and the continuous conquest of innumerable obstacles (permanent? Ha!) all made for an interesting, thought provoking, and impactful read. Veeeeery interesting! I would even recommend this to my kids …”


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P.S.: My old book (including Sue) is here,