You Know Who is Running for President (Again)

Most of us, at some point, know when we to quit. As much as we would like to achieve a certain thing, we have to admit that it is time to move on.

Last night, you know who announced that he is running for President in 2024.

As usual, this has more to do with his ego than what the country needs. If he bothered to pay attention to the recent midterm results, he would have seen the obvious. Most Americans don’t want crazy (for lack of a better term) when it comes to the political class. We want leaders who understand that it is their job is to serve us, not the other way around.

I have to wonder if this is just another ploy to avoid his various legal troubles?

He would have also seen that he is no longer the Republican diety that he thinks he is.

Since Ron DeSantis won his re-election campaign (which is another topic for another time), there have been signs that he is the favored candidate for 2024.

Only time will tell who the eventual nominee is. But I do know one thing: if we are to keep this democracy going, you know who must be kept as far away from it as humanly possible.

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The Matchmaker’s Gift: A Novel Book Review

The concept of marrying for love is a relatively new one. In the past, marriage was a business arrangement. Your spouse was based on your status in society, not the person who made you happy.

Lynda Cohen Loigman‘s new novel, The Matchmaker’s Gift: A Novel, was published in September. In the early 20th century, Sara Glikman has just emigrated to America with her family. Moving to the Lower East Side, she has recently discovered that she has a talent for making matches.

The problem is that she is a girl. The men who make a living doing the same thing are far from pleased that their competition is a young lady. After a decade of doing her work in secret, Sara has to find the courage to stand up for herself.

Decades later, Sara’s granddaughter Abby is a divorce lawyer, representing the rich and famous. A child of divorce herself, she takes a cynical view of romance. Soon after Sara’s passing, Abby inherits a series of journals that contains details of her grandmother’s matchmaking. As she begins to go through the pages, she begins to question her career choices and her opinion on love.

I have been a fan of this author since her first book. Kudos to her for creating a dual timeline that is believable and easy to follow. In my experience (as both a reader and a writer), this is one of the harder narratives to craft. The balance between the individual stories while slowly weaving them together is akin to walking a literary tightrope. If one is out of balance, the reader is likely to walk away.

I loved it. It was compelling, entertaining, and inspiring. Sara is a proto-feminist, standing up against those who stand in her way simply because of her gender.

Do I recommend it? Absolutely. I would go as far as to say that this is one of my favorite new books of the year.

The Matchmaker’s Gift: A Novel is available wherever books are sold.

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