Saturday, June 17, 2006


waitressing shirt,

It's a work day, so no words from me today. Just my brand new tux shirt fluttering in the breeze.

And oh yes, a recommended read. In the process of looking for a web site designer, I've been checking out dozens of web sites. So many that my mind boggles. I know so much about author bios and frequently asked questions that I might be pronouncing myself the world's leading expert some time one of these days. (I know; I'm becoming insufferable and I promise to STOP.)

Anyway, right there in the middle of my trolling of author web sites, I accidentally walked right into the most amazing thing: A book! And not just that, but a book that instantly captivated me. In fact, I got so lost in the first chapter of this memoir that I put my quest for the perfect website aside, clicked on Amazon and pre-ordered. And when I was done, I emailed the author to tell him how much his words inspired me.

Tim Madigan's book is about Fred Rogers, the truly extraordinary human being who many of us know as "Mr. Rogers". Oh, I liked the show and so did my kids, but I probably wouldn't have reached for a book on that subject. And I certainly wouldn't have rushed to pre-order it.

And if I hadn't, I might have missed a rare opportunity to be touched by the evolved and loving spirit who Madigan presents in his book.

(Now what was I saying about NO WORDS today?)


Lorna said...

don't you love it when that happens? I came across the Time Traveler's Wife that way.

rdl said...

Wow, that was wonderful - thanks, i loved it also.

robin andrea said...

That was such a beautiful read this morning, Patry. I never actually watched Mr. Rogers, but I remember the kindness of his face and the timber of his voice. I am struck by the wisdom in this: "Anything mentionable is manageable..." What a non-judgemental invitation to assuage a broken heart.

Sandra Ruttan said...

Good luck looking for a web site designer Patry. If you need any help, don't be shy!

Sustenance Scout said...

Patry, you may want to check out author and outspoken Iraq vet Paul Rieckhoff's site at It's a blog and author site combined that I think is really well done.

Loved reading the telling story about Mr. Rogers. If only we'd all adopt his loving approach to life...and each other. War-related issues like those addressed in Paul Reickhoff's blog and book would hardly exist. And peace would actually stand a chance. Thanks so much for the link.

Anonymous said...

I checked it out and put it on my list. It would make a great gift for others you want to inspire as well. In the world today we especially need that. Thanks, Patry.

Patry Francis said...

lorna: Time Traveler's Wife is that kind of book. It finds you.

r: xo

robin andrea: I've been working on that non-judgmental thing ever since I read it. I think I'd have to meditate eight hours a day to approach Rogers' placidity.

sandra: Thanks so much for your offer. I think I've found one, but if it doesn't work out, I'll definitely be taking you up on the offer.

sustenance: Interesting website and even more interesting man. Thanks for the link.

colleen: I agree. Something that genuinely inspires is always the best gift.

P. A. Moed said...

You're so right about that kind man. Another book to add to my list!

Anonymous said...

I remember Mr. Rodgers so very well. I will have to check out this book.

Patry Francis said...

p.a. moed: It's so good to read about a man whose on-screen persona was so genuine.

coll: We'll have to compare notes.