Sometimes a book, a story, insinuates itself into my heart and I want to tell the world. In my February 2012 Editor’s Note, I introduced myself as the new editor in chief of Reader’s Digest, noting that the appointment had been the highlight of a year filled with sadness (the loss of my father) and joy (reading the book, Unbroken). I failed to mention the author of the book, and hundreds of readers wrote me asking which Unbroken I was referring to. They wanted to read it, too. The book is the bestseller by Laura Hillenbrand. Almost daily, I think about the harrowing story of Louis Zamparini’s life (from Olympic runner to WWII prisoner of war). And I think about its message of forgiveness.
Last weekend, I was delighted to see that CBS News did a piece on Louis and the author who worked for seven years to tell his story. The story of their relationship is almost as riveting as the book itself. Almost. I watched the CBS piece, then opened Unbroken once more to read it again.
Some people like to travel by train because it combines the slowness of a car with the cramped public exposure of an airplane.
I think my pilot was a little inexperienced. We were sitting on the runway, and he said, “OK, folks, we’re gonna be taking off in a just few—whoa! Here we go.”
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A man knocked on my door and asked for a donation toward the local swimming pool. So I gave him a glass of water.
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Client: We need you to log in to the YouTube and make all our company videos viral.
My cat just walked up to the paper shredder and said, “Teach me everything you know.”
“Just because you can’t dance doesn’t mean you shouldn’t dance.” —Alcohol
@yoyoha (Josh Hara)
My parents didn’t want to move to Florida, but they turned 60 and that’s the law.
Q: What do you call an Amish guy with his hand in a horse’s mouth?
A: A mechanic.
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