Now, like many people, Barry has a ton of 'stuff' He's always buying more. Having learned simplicity from Lucy, Barry plans to divest himself of superfluous belongings. Lucy and other dogs are honest to a fault. You always know when dogs have done a bad thing because they 'confess' by whimpering and looking guilty.
Cats on the other hand, have no remorse and have the morals of Hannibal Lecter. Barry writes: "If you come home and find your cat inside your parakeet's cage, holding your dead parakeet in its jaws, your cat will be like 'Obviously this parakeet committed suicide'. They lie all the time.
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Sometimes folks tell little white lies - like when a six-year-old, watching a commercial, asks 'What is Viagra'; or a friend texts something meant to be funny and you text back LOL when you're really OMA Only Mildly Amused. But often, people tell serious untruths - especially politicians.
Barry believes it's almost always better to be honest with people. Act like Lucy, "if you mess up, fess up. Not too bad. View all 24 comments. Kate If the book is only half as funny as your review, it's 5 stars for me. I was LOL through the entire review. Gotta get this one, for sure. Oct 05, AM. Barbara Thank you Kate. Enjoy the book. Mar 04, Liz rated it really liked it Shelves: netgalley , nonfiction. So, I jumped at the chance to read his latest book, Lessons from Lucy, combining as it did his trademark wit and stories about a dog.
Like Dave, I am the parent of an older large dog. You could write out all the lessons without reading the book. I did.
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Sometimes out loud. So many of his stories hit home for me. And it reminds us of the most important lesson of all, that time is fleeting and we should enjoy it with our two and four legged loved ones. View all 12 comments. Jul 13, Montzalee Wittmann rated it it was amazing.
This book is so full of warmth, love, tenderness, humor, insight, and just good old common sense! His writing flows with wit and wisdom, love and memories, hope and a canine spirit. He gives lessons he has, and is learning from his elderly dog Lucy. Each lesson is something we all could work on. They each are heavily sprinkled with humor and common sense. Some are more emotional than others. This is a must buy book for yourself, for dog lovers, for those getting older, for those that think they have everything! Terrific book! View all 4 comments. When I began to try to walk, he wo!!
When I began to try to walk, he would knock me back down on all fours, so certain was he that I belonged on all fours, as I belonged to him. As I write this, I have two dogs sleeping beside me. And so he examines their methods of achieving happiness or avoiding unhappiness , by observing how they deal with life, in general. There are also stories that include friends of his, both here and gone, that are incredibly touching stories.
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Sweet and humorous, this made me and Stephen King laugh out loud. While this may not have answers to the larger questions of life, and reading it will not cure any major health issues, it is full of the medicine of laughter, and as they say — laughter is the best medicine. I say, laughter - and a dog - are the best medicine. View all 37 comments. Dave Barry fans will not be disappointed! With seven chapters in total, each chapter shares a new lesson but Barry tends to go the long way around in revealing it.
That's a good thing though. Laugh-out-loud funny and sometimes deeply thought-provoking, the lessons touch on the following subjects: -be friendly -find opportunities Dave Barry fans will not be disappointed! Laugh-out-loud funny and sometimes deeply thought-provoking, the lessons touch on the following subjects: -be friendly -find opportunities to have fun -give priority time to loved ones -let go of anger -don't judge people by appearances -material items won't make you happy -be honest As you can see, quality stuff inspired by the playfulness, love, and loyalty of man's and woman's best friend.
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In Lessons from Lucy, Dave Barry looks to his dog for ways to be a happier human. Lucy loves everyone and adjusts to whatever circumstances come her way. I chuckled out loud many times over the course of this book. In the course of laughing, he also reminds you of stuff like pay less attention to your phone and more to the people you love.
Yes, every self-help book ever written talks about t In Lessons from Lucy, Dave Barry looks to his dog for ways to be a happier human. As self-help books go, this one is more fun than most. Thanks to NetGalley for the opportunity to read this book. View 1 comment. You're only young once, but you can always be immature.
Another laugh-out-loud collection from Barry; this time the focus is on aging gracefully. Actually, Lucy's lessons are great for any age group: live in the moment, don't forget how to have fun, looks aren't important, etc.
It's just that, as Bonnie Raitt once reminded us - time gets mighty precious when there's less of it to waste - so we readers-of-a-certain-age need to start paying more attention to what we're doing with wh You're only young once, but you can always be immature. It's just that, as Bonnie Raitt once reminded us - time gets mighty precious when there's less of it to waste - so we readers-of-a-certain-age need to start paying more attention to what we're doing with what's left of our lives.
Though there are bits here that will appeal strongly to pet owners, you really don't need to be a dog lover to enjoy this book. Likewise, if, like me, you love dogs so much that the sight of that dear, elderly, canine face on the cover gives you pause because you don't want to read yet another book where the dog dies. As of April 4th of this year, Lucy is still alive, and dispensing wisdom. May 14, Diane Barnes rated it really liked it Shelves: bedtime-books.
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Okay, so we've got Dave Barry, who can always be counted on to elicit the "snort milk from your nose" kind of laughter when you least expect it. And we've got Lucy, his old dog, who lives a good, character driven life, because she's a dog, and that's what they do. And Lucy does not die in the end. So what's not to love about this one?