What is something that you’ve read that has influenced your life or changed your mind?

It can be anything, a short story, novel, essay…etc. Just something that has changed/influenced your life or your opinion.

*This is just a curious poll* Thanks in advance :]

&quot:A Spy In The House of Love&quot: – Anais Nin.

One of the most beautiful novellas I have ever read.

I’ve read it about 10 times now!

When I was a kid I read the book Angle Unaware, it was written by Dale Evans wife of the well known cowboy Roy Rodgers. They had a baby born with major medical problems and the book was written from her perspective. How even though she was sick she responded to the love and care given her. They told them it would be almost impossible to care for her at home and she should be placed in a nursing type home and that likely she would only live a few weeks. Well they took her home and did everything they could and she lived to be almost two. She was born with Down’s Syndrome. Now children born with it can do well and many lead almost normal lives but back then it wasn’t like that. That book made me decide right then I would be a nurse. I did become an LVN and I enjoyed my work. Sometimes it was hard and you would lose a patient, but because of that book I always felt that the patient knew we did everything we could to make them as comfortable as we could and that the care they got was top notch. I always talked to my patients because in the book the baby said that listening to people when they talked to her was special even though she couldn’t respond back to them. Sometimes another nurse would kind of tease me about it, saying they can’t hear you. Well that has been disproved, many patients remember things told to them while they are unconscious or in a coma. We had one patient prove it to everyone on the floor we worked. There was a lady very near to passing and we had notified the family to come if they wanted to see her. They did and the woman’s six children were all there. They got to talking about her funeral and how it would be done and started dividing things up before she had taken her last breath. They were actually arguing over her belongings. She heard them and it must have really ticked her off because her heart rate increased and her breathing deepened and within about 7 or 8 minutes she was conscious, alert, and used the control to raise the head of her bed. That’s when the family realized she was awake. She was so mad at them her first words were, I am going to live long enough to change my will. None of you are going to get one red cent and my burial will be done as I asked. We released her to go home about 10 days later.
So most definitely I was influenced by the book.

The Long Hard Road Out of Hell-Marilyn Manson
Journey to Ixtlan by Carlos Castaneda.

The Psychedelic Experience by Timothy Leary.

I could list a hundred and walk you down my book shelf, but one is easier and some lessons you learn at five stay with you. The Sneetches &amp: other stories by Dr. Suess Primarily for the title story, but I have to say the other three stories had important lessons as well, including the fact that their are more than enough people named Dave in the world.

John Donne

No man is an island,
Entire of itself.
Each is a piece of the continent,
A part of the main.
If a clod be washed away by the sea,
Europe is the less.
As well as if a promontory were.
As well as if a manner of thine own
Or of thine friend’s were.
Each man’s death diminishes me,
For I am involved in mankind.
Therefore, send not to know
For whom the bell tolls,
It tolls for thee.

I would have to say most of what I read influences my life or broadens my vision. I love seriously good classic and contemporary literature, as well as history and astronomy/physics.

The Bible…through it I have learned so much and it’s amazing when you apply the principles to your life.

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