All That You Leave Behind by Erin Lee Carr is a memoir of a father/daughter relationship. It's also about a journalist who died too young. The name David Carr rang a bell with me - I've read some columns or articles by him. From Erin's description, he sounded like a no-nonsense, old fashioned, pound the pavement journalist. He was a man of appetites - he worked hard, he played hard, he made friends, and kept connections. He was a memorable man.
At the end of the book, Erin Lee Carr has a list: Things I Learned From David Carr
Here are a few things that caught my eye and are worth noting as we all go through life.
Listen when you enter a room
Don't be the first one to talk, but if you do talk first, say something smart
You have to work the phones. Call people. Don't rely on emails
Ask people what mistakes they've made so you can get their shortcuts
Practice patience even though it's one of the hardest things to master
Remind yourself that nobody said this would be easy
Be generous with praise
Say what you mean and mean what you say
And finally - You are loved and you belong to me, the world, and yourself.
Joanne Faries, originally from the Philadelphia area, lives in Texas with her husband Ray. She considers herself fortunate to be able to pursue a writing career after eons in the business world. Joanne enjoys reading and movies, and is the film critic for the Little Paper of San Saba.