My Top 10 Favorite Books

One of my favorite columnists, Ms. Kathy Benjamin, authoress of some of the funniest articles on Cracked.com sent out a challenge. She asked her Facebook following to list 10 books “that have stayed with you in some way.” She claims she is always on the lookout for good books.

As an aspiring author, I can believe it. I, myself, am also looking for awesomeness in the book department, and have a very eclectic list from which to choose. Some of the books I read are inspiring, and others are just humorous.

Here is my list, and I challenge all of you to come up with a list of your own:

  • A Prison Diary – Jeffrey Archer
  • Down and Out in Paris and London – George Orwell

  • Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America – Barbara Ehreneich

  • Salvation In Death – J. D. Robb

  • The Cronicles of the Lensman – E. E. “Doc” Smith

  • The Hitchikers’ Guide to The Galaxy – Douglas Adams

  • The Inimitable Jeeves – P. G. Wodehouse

  • Time Enough for Love: The Lives of Lazarus Long – Robert Heinlein

  • You Can’t Drink All Day If You Don’t Start in the Morning – Celia Rivenbark

  • To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee

Blind Girl Helps Homeless Get Shoes

As a social worker, I have seen too many cases where people have to go without because they cannot afford to meet their basic needs. Reading stories about people who help the less fortunate reminds me that there is still a shred of humanity left in the world. This girl, who just so happens to have a vision disability, chose to overlook her problems to find shoes for the homeless. (/p>

(CNN) – For 13-year-old McClain Hermes, the inspiration to impact her world began in 2009, after her father showed her a magazine article about a shoe recycling program. “We decided (that instead of) recycling them, we would collect them and give them to people that needed them,” she says.

And with that, Shoes for the Souls was born and delivered 365 pairs of shoes that first year.

In the five years since, the Georgia teen and her father, Matt Hermes, have collected about 10,000 pairs of shoes for an Atlanta homeless shelter.

But what’s especially impressive about this middle school student is she does this despite the daily struggles life brings her. About the time she began collecting shoes, she developed vision problems that ended up with one of her retinas detached and her vision extremely limited in the other. She’s now legally blind, and doctors say she will be completely without sight in the next two to five years. Outside the comfort of her home, she oftentimes will need to use a cane.
CNN: Helping the homeless: one”step” at the time

As a blind person, I am very proud of this young lady. She is indeed inspirational and serves as proof that we the blind of the world can give back to society, making a difference for those less fortunate than ourselves. Good job! You rock!