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Heart in the Right Place This book is a lot like All Creatures Great and Small, except the patients are human It s set in rural East Tennessee, where for 40 years, often for free, Jourdan s MD daddy and PharmD momma have taken care of the crushings and maulings for the zinc mines, the slashes and gorings from the sausage factory, and the spatter burns from the rendering plant, not to mention the miscellaneous farming and hunting atrocities There are capital C characters, many of whom seem eccentric to me but This book is a lot like All Creatures Great and Small, except the patients are human It s set in rural East Tennessee, where for 40 years, often for free, Jourdan s MD daddy and PharmD momma have taken care of the crushings and maulings for the zinc mines, the slashes and gorings from the sausage factory, and the spatter burns from the rendering plant, not to mention the miscellaneous farming and hunting atrocities There are capital C characters, many of whom seem eccentric to me but probably don t in their community Jourdan tells a series of funny, engaging anecdotes and has some memorable descriptive passages, including one that starts with this gorgeous sentence Inside a barn is a whole universe, with its own time zone and climate and ecosystem, a shadowy world of swirling dust illuminated in tiger stripes by light shining through the cracks between the boards It s a testament to Jourdan s storytelling ability that she holds our attention without truly changing She become less squeamish about blood guts otherwise, she simply becomesof what she s always been farm kid, car nut, dutiful daughter, caring person The book has some weaknesses Jourdan tries to keep us in suspense about whether she ll stay permanently, but no thanks to the book jacket we already know she will The anecdotes are disconnected and we don t get follow through on some of the people we come to care about It takes a long tedious time for Jourdan s self pity about leaving DC to fade, and once it does, she preaches about What Matters in Life Her writing is similar to what she eventually discovers about her life things go best when she focuses her attention away from herself Favorite quotes If there was one thing I d learned growing up in a doctor s office, it was that people s mood was rarely dependent on their external circumstances Its origin was almost always internal p 29 You know how in Bible stories whenever an angel shows up, first thing he always says is, Fear not Well, it took me most of my life, but I finally figured out that he s not trying to comfort us when he says that He s giving us an order It s a command giventhan 300 times in the B Favorite quotes If there was one thing I d learned growing up in a doctor s office, it was that people s mood was rarely dependent on their external circumstances Its origin was almost always internal p 29 You know how in Bible stories whenever an angel shows up, first thing he always says is, Fear not Well, it took me most of my life, but I finally figured out that he s not trying to comfort us when he says that He s giving us an order It s a command giventhan 300 times in the Bible The Lord s telling us not to let ourselves be afraid We can t affort to be scared It just gets in the way of us doing whatever it is that we re supposed to be doing p 172 Heart In The Right Place, An Alternately Laugh Out Loud Funny And Cry Your Eyes Out Serious Memoir About The Down Sizing Of Carolyn Jourdan S Life From White Marble Columns, Gilded Domes, And Neiman Marcus To Naugahyde, Peeling Linoleum, And Wal MartCarolyn Jourdan Had It All The Mercedes Benz, The Fancy Soirees, The Best Clothes She Moved In The Most Exclusive Circles In Washington, DC Rubbed Elbows With Big Politicians, And Worked On Capitol Hill As Far As She Was Concerned, She Was Changing The World And Then Her Mother Had A Heart Attack Carolyn Came Home To Help Her Father With His Rural Medical Practice In The Tennessee Mountains She D Fill In For A Few Days As The Receptionist Until Her Mother Could Return To Work Or So She Thought But Days Turned Into Weeks Her Job Now Included Following Hazmat Regulations For Cleaning Up Bodily Fluids Maintaining Composure When Confronted With A Splinter The Size Of A Steak Knife Distinguishing Between A Pain, A Strain, And A Sprain On Indecipherable Medicare Forms And Tending To The Loquacious Miss Hiawatha, Whose Daily Doctor Visits Were Never BilledEventually, Jourdan Gave Up Her Mercedes And Made Do With A Twenty Year Old Postal Jeep She Shed Her Suits For Scrubs And The Funny Thing Was, She Liked Her New Life As She Watched Her Father Work Tirelessly And Uncomplainingly, She Saw What Making A Difference Really Meant Being On Call All Hours Of The Day And Night, Tolerating The Local Drug Addict S Frequent Phone Calls, Truly Listening To Miss Hiawatha It Meant Just Showing Up, Every Day, And Taking Care Of Every Person In Strawberry Plains And Beyond, Whether He Got Paid To Do It Or Not And For His Daughter, It Meant Learning That Her Real Place To Change The World Was Right Here In Her Hometown By Her Father S Side When Senate Counsel Carolyn Jourdan returns to the mountains of eastern Tennessee from Washington, DC after the sudden illness of her mother, she has no idea how long she ll be needed to fill in her role as receptionist for her father, the kindly country doctor She figures at first it will just be two days But readers can be glad that it wasn t as in Heart in the Right Place, Jourdan takes the reader on a true journey of the heart to the people of eastern Tennessee and through all the trials a When Senate Counsel Carolyn Jourdan returns to the mountains of eastern Tennessee from Washington, DC after the sudden illness of her mother, she has no idea how long she ll be needed to fill in her role as receptionist for her father, the kindly country doctor She figures at first it will just be two days But readers can be glad that it wasn t as in Heart in the Right Place, Jourdan takes the reader on a true journey of the heart to the people of eastern Tennessee and through all the trials and tribulations of a small country one doctor medical practice One where he might be paid in even a fox carcass if he charged his patients anything at all.We meet and learn to love the patients in the practice such as the eccentric Miss Hiawatha and the kindly Mike who doesn t hardly know he is handicapped And then there are the two friends Obie and Kermit You never know what kind of predicament they are going to get themselves into next and what kind of injuries it s going to cause Each time they come through the clinic door it s going to be something totally different The big question on everyone s mind is, will Carolyn stay in eastern Tennessee where she earned 0 in one year or return to her high power, six figure job in Washington, DC It was recommended I get this book vias Customers Also Bought feature after I had purchased another book I clicked on it and read the description As a long time medical office employee it sounded right up my alley But it would appeal to anyone who enjoys sweet stories with quirky characters such as the Mitford series by Jan Karon or anyone who loves the TV series Northern Exposure or Ballykissangel But these are very real people here, not those from fiction I laughed and I cried, I read passages out loud to my husband, and I stayed up into the wee hours of the morning two nights in a row to finish it I can t recommend this book enough You will want to buy one for yourself and another as a gift for someone you care about I did not expect to like this book as much as I did It s a memoir of a woman who takes a leave of absence from her fast paced, high pressured government job in Washington, D.C to help out her father when her mother has a heart attack Her dad is a country doctor in Tennessee, and Carolyn fills in as his receptionist while her mom recovers What follows is a year long journey of Carolyn adjusting to the challenges of working in a doctor s office and struggling with the decision of whether to re I did not expect to like this book as much as I did It s a memoir of a woman who takes a leave of absence from her fast paced, high pressured government job in Washington, D.C to help out her father when her mother has a heart attack Her dad is a country doctor in Tennessee, and Carolyn fills in as his receptionist while her mom recovers What follows is a year long journey of Carolyn adjusting to the challenges of working in a doctor s office and struggling with the decision of whether to return to D.C or to stay and help her parents.The book is filled with colorful stories and characters, and had a good dose of humor along with the serious I would recommend it to anyone who likes reading about small town life, medical stories or personal journeys At roughly the halfway point, I was prepared to dimiss the book as a cynical attempt by a well paid civil servant to cash in on her experience having finished the story, I highly recommend it Ms Jourdan s certainly not the same person by the conclusion, and really seems to care about her community.Narrator does a terrific job with the accents, so it s an esp great audio experience. Carolyn Jourdan was living her dream She had a high profile, six figure job in Washington, D.C as Senate Counsel for nuclear issues She also had a wonderful male colleague who shared her enthusiasm and interests She had a nice apartment, expensive car, expensive clothes, and attended hearings, meetings, receptions, dinners, and other functions while mixing with influential people and important political figures This life was very different from her early life She had been raised in a very Carolyn Jourdan was living her dream She had a high profile, six figure job in Washington, D.C as Senate Counsel for nuclear issues She also had a wonderful male colleague who shared her enthusiasm and interests She had a nice apartment, expensive car, expensive clothes, and attended hearings, meetings, receptions, dinners, and other functions while mixing with influential people and important political figures This life was very different from her early life She had been raised in a very small town in eastern Tennessee where her father operated the only medical practice for a large rural area Carolyn s mother had been her husband s office receptionist until she suffered a heart attack Carolyn took a leave of absence to return home to help her father while her mother recuperated.Once there, Carolyn was overwhelmed by the number of patients who came to see her father each day She had never been interested in medicine and couldn t wait to get back to her exciting life in Washington However, as the days turned into weeks, then months, Carolyn began to see life in rural Tennessee differently The closeness of the community, the countless acts of selfless kindness the people showed each other, as well as the quiet, peaceful mountain countryside opened her eyes to the love, wisdom, meaning and fulfillment that can be found in ordinary days.This is a beautifully written memoir that is told with humor and compassion and shows that people can make a difference in the world without being in the limelight but by just showing up and doing the best you can in whatever situation you happen be in From the section of the book called A Conversation with the Author Question How do you think we can observe another person s life properly Answer By listening But we don t listen to each other This is a really serious problem in our culture nowadays If we re polite we take turns talking in a self absorbed way, but we rarely ever listen to what anyone else is saying When you do listen, things happen You find yourself empathizing, developing compassion It s hard work, though Sudden From the section of the book called A Conversation with the Author Question How do you think we can observe another person s life properly Answer By listening But we don t listen to each other This is a really serious problem in our culture nowadays If we re polite we take turns talking in a self absorbed way, but we rarely ever listen to what anyone else is saying When you do listen, things happen You find yourself empathizing, developing compassion It s hard work, though Suddenly the world isn t all about me If you don t listen, you miss a lot You fail to realize that each of us faces very different, but equally trying, life circumstances You don t discover that each of us is so deeply flawed that it s really tough for anyone to proceed through life with any grace at all Our whole culture is designed to cover this over To me the most significant thing in the world is observing the heroism of each individuals struggle to get on with life in the face of great obstacles If we can ever learn to control ourselves, to get still and quiet in the presence of another person, we can see that every persons life, no matter how modest or goofy looking, is deeply heroic This is the basis of all worthy spiritual practices, learning to occasionally give up your seat at the center of the cosmos and move to the sidelines so you can observe another person as the center I learned that watching the show ismeaningful than being the show I was bound to like it, because I wrote it. another reviewer said the big question is whether Carolyn would return to her big paying law job, and i believe not i met her this last summer ,when she stayed at my BB, and visited our pulpwood queen bookclub she currently works as a guide and writer at the largest national park Iforgot the name in the Appalachians she loves it, and she is still writing she is a quirky ,funny gal, and i just loved her she is the real deal she is just a very nice ,sweet person, and dresses very dow another reviewer said the big question is whether Carolyn would return to her big paying law job, and i believe not i met her this last summer ,when she stayed at my BB, and visited our pulpwood queen bookclub she currently works as a guide and writer at the largest national park Iforgot the name in the Appalachians she loves it, and she is still writing she is a quirky ,funny gal, and i just loved her she is the real deal she is just a very nice ,sweet person, and dresses very down Her book made me laugh and cry she has that funny sense of humor about her in the way she talks and writes

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