Thursday, June 12, 2014
Park Avenue to Park Bench by Michael Domino
Domino thrives in Manhattan. He isn't just a writer. He's a people watcher. No, he's more than that. He interacts. He acts.
In this book, Michael tells short stories of his life. We get to meet some really interesting characters and gain great insight not only into who Michael really is, but into human nature as well.
That's seriously over simplifying it.
We all have those people that we see every day and don't interact with. The guy who stands at the corner puffing on a cigarette. The lady with the four lady children at the bus stop. That short person in accounting who always looks angry. Most of the time, we avoid these people. We look at them, sometimes with sympathy or interest, but most of the time we don't even notice them. When we do, we steer clear. They're going to want something from us. They might want to bum a cigarette or need a babysitter or want someone to hear all the negativity going on in our lives. We have busy lives and our own problems to attend to. I'm not judging. I do the same thing, although I do usually wind up feeling a bit guilty for it when I realize it.
Michael Domino is different. He realizes that every person has a story and he's eager to find out what it is. Not only that, he's eager to share the burden to make someone's life easier. He's not even always in charge. Sometimes he stops and speaks to someone before he even realizes the words have been uttered. Once he's engaged himself, though, he can't simply walk away. He becomes involved. He gives time and attention to someone who needs it. Let's face it. We all need it. Domino takes the most precious gift that we've all been given and he gives it to others. He shares his time. To him, it's an afternoon on a park bench or a few minutes directing traffic. To the person on the receiving end, it's a lifeline and a blessing.
That's what this book is. It's a compilation of some of those people that Domino has met and involved himself with. It's a bonus that he's a writer. Each story is entertaining and interesting as well as pulling you into a world of thought. Even if you just want a good way to while away a little time by immersing yourself in someone else's world, this is a great place to be. Though there are lots of great lessons and so much interesting tidbits to study, you can just as easily sit back and tune out and enjoy.
The best part is that Michael is currently offering a FREE download of this book. All you have to do is go to parkavenuetoparkbench.com and click on the little button. If you think of it, leave him a message and say 'Hello!' while you're there!
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