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Christmas Thoughts from the Bakery

Posted on: December 22, 2008 7:25 pm
Edited on: December 22, 2008 8:27 pm

In case I forget to mention this at the end, I wish everyone who was brave enough to open and read this blog entry a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

I am not writing about the Lions this evening (although there's certainly plenty to say on the topic of yesterday's atrocious loss to the Saints).  I am not writing about the Packers or Red Wings or any sports team.  I am not writing about homecoming dances or virtuoso keyboardists.

Instead, I am writing about a book.  Specifically, Mitch Album's Tuesdays With Morrie.  I was assigned it to read over the two-week-long break, and (because I am an overachiever) I have already finished it.  When I was told that we would be reading a two-hundred-page book over break, I was depressed, sad, maybe even a little angry.  But now I understand that this is, far and away, the best Christmas present that I have ever received from a teacher.  And that's only partly due to the fact that I could count all the Christmas presents I got from teachers on one hand.

For those of you who haven't read the book, I will provide a brief summary.  In the book (a true story by the way), Mitch Album tells of his last encounters with his favorite professor, Morrie Schwartz.  Morrie has been afflicted with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and has only months to live.  His certain and imminent death has changed his outlook on the world and the humans who inhabit it.  During the book, Morrie teaches Mitch a plethora of valuable life lessons that change his own views, attitudes, and actions.  A few key ideas expressed in the book are:

  1. People should not be afraid of death.  Like birth, it is natural and inevitable.
  2. Love is the only rational act.
  3. Mourn for the death of loved ones, but do not let their passing on ruin your own life.
  4. Love each other or perish.
  5. Only when you learn how to die do you learn how to live.
  6. Experience life to the fullest - live every day as if it were your last.  After all, life is short.  Why waste it?
  7. For any marraige to work, you must respect, compromise with, and talk openly with your spouse.
  8. People think they are more different from each other than they actually are.
  9. Forgive yourself before you die, then forgive others.
  10. Be the best person that you can be.

I truly believe that Tuesdays With Morrie changed millions of lives (as stated on the cover).  Now that I have finished the book, add one to that tally!

Anyways, if you haven't read the book, I highly recommend you pick up a copy or rent it from the library.  It took me about two and a half hours to read, and was obviously more than worth the time for me.  I hope that you experience the same feeling of enlightenment that I did while reading it.  I hope that you agree with me that it should be a highly treasured book that every human should read!

Finally, I hope that you have a Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, and wonderful holiday season!

-The Muffin Man


Since: Apr 15, 2008
Posted on: December 23, 2008 12:31 pm

Christmas Thoughts from the Bakery

Thanks everyone for the comments and Christmas wishes!  I didn't know that the book was made into a movie!  Will have to watch it!

Again, Merry Christmas everyone!


Since: Jan 18, 2008
Posted on: December 23, 2008 11:20 am

Christmas Thoughts from the Bakery

A great book from Mitch Albom -

If you ever have the chance, watch the 2-hour television movie they made from the book, with Jack Lemmon and Hank Azaria as Albom. Very well done and respectful of the original work.

Merry Christmas Muffin Man.

Since: Apr 4, 2008
Posted on: December 23, 2008 9:41 am

Christmas Thoughts from the Bakery

Hey Muff great job. I just completed the book last night and I was touched. This is a marvalous book that everyone should read. If I could anyone person it would have to be Morrie, even when he is dying from ALS he still has a positive out look on life. This book has helped me to become a better person, and live life to the fullest. Thanks Muff.


Go State!

Since: Sep 6, 2008
Posted on: December 23, 2008 1:31 am

Christmas Thoughts from the Bakery


Thanks so much for the blog.  :)  Very nice.  YO read Tuesdays with Morrie a few years ago and really enjoyed it.  I guess I should pick it up and give it a try, eh??  I already agree with the 10 sentiments you learned from reading it. 

Very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you as well!!  :) 


Since: Dec 17, 2006
Posted on: December 22, 2008 11:17 pm

Christmas Thoughts from the Bakery

Happy Holidays to you Mr Muffin Man !!

Great blog.  As usual. 

I'll put this reading assignment at the top of my list. 

Be safe.  Enjoy.

Since: Oct 12, 2007
Posted on: December 22, 2008 10:19 pm

Christmas Thoughts from the Bakery

Great blog, Muffin Man. Tuesdays with Morrie is a wonderful book. If you haven't already, and you want to read another by Mitch, check out The Five People You Meet In Heaven. As with Tuesdays, it is one of the quickest, best, most meaningful books you'll ever read.

Fine work here. Enjoyed it a lot. Merry Christmas!


Since: Jun 27, 2007
Posted on: December 22, 2008 8:52 pm

Christmas Thoughts from the Bakery

Outstanding blog entry!  Recommending a worthwhile book was a great present to the rest of us.  Thanks much, Muffin Man!

Merry Christmas!


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