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HVP June 2019

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Page 12 of 35 n Hudson Valley Parent 13 personal development Settle in with a good book This month join other literary lovers at the evening book club at The Pawling Library. The book club will be discussing Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann. Readers at this Dutchess County library gather on the second Wednesday of every month to share their passion for reading and to enjoy friendly discussions about books. June's title is an enchanting vision of the pain, loveliness, mystery and promise of New York City in the 1970s. Follow a group of people with seemingly nothing in common and see how their lives weave together unexpectedly. Critically acclaimed author, Colum McCann, creates a story of hope with an unforgettable voice. Pick up your copy of this novel at the library and learn more about the book club. Confide in someone When the weight of it all becomes too heavy on your shoulders, it isn't healthy to go through it all alone. I was feeling overwhelmed and out of touch with myself. One of my worst habits is bottling up my emotions and trying to deal with things all on my own. When I began making changes a few months ago, I came to the conclusion that I should let someone help me! I didn't have to do it alone. It is important to find someone that won't judge you and always has your best interest at heart. My person? My mother! As I have gotten older, my mother has gone from my caretaker to my absolute best friend. She is amazing and made the weight on my shoulders feel lighter. She helped me break up my problems (no matter how silly they seemed) into manageable pieces. Now, I often don't spend my me time alone. I spend it with an ice-cold seltzer, in a lawn chair next to my mother. Feeling alone can be crippling and I realized I was holding myself back from being the happiest version of myself that I could be. Over the years, Cassidy's relationship with her mom has totally shifted. They are best buds!

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