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There aren’t many distractions when you’re alone in your car, so I flip on the radio, fumbling til I find the station my sister, Anna, keeps begging me to hear. Anna’s five years older than me, but she’s a hundred years more together. Not just because she has a loving husband and an amazing daughter while, at thirty-three, I’m still struggling to find the right guy. Anna became an interfaith minister a few years back. (She assumed the name Anjelica when she took her vows, but I never seem to remember to call her than. Old habits certainly die hard.) Belief has helped her settle so comfortably into her skin; Anna radiates a contentment I can only dream of.

Still, I’ve been avoiding this WNOW station since she first suggested it three weeks ago. It just doesn’t seem like something I’d be into. But after my highway tirade, I need something to calm myself down, and checking out Anna’s recommendation seems as good a course as any.

My patience wanes as I wait through three commercials– for a natural energy booster (I once read about a woman who needed an emergency liver transplant after taking one of those!), a special gum that claims to improve the brain, and that ubiquitous radio ad to enlarge my penis. (Don’t you know half of your listeners haven’t got one of those? I want to inform the dashboard, but I refrain.) Finally, the talk show begins.

“Goooood morning to you! So wonderful for you to be here, sharing this moment in our lives together. This is Serena Robbins, host of Onward and Upward, hoping to remind you that we’re all on a journey to create heaven right here and right now. The world is always filled with beauty and perfection, and if you wake yourself up, you’ll be able to see it. Let’s get right to my first caller, Liz from Cleveland.”

Cleveland? Cleveland, Ohio? That’s a long way from New Jersey, where I’ve lived nearly all my life. I’m surprised to learn the show is syndicated nationally. I assumed it was produced on hand-me-down equipment in a local basement right here in Hoboken, taking calls from area residents like Anna. After all, how many people can actually be interested in this stuff?

“Hello? Am I on the air? I’m not hearing myself on the radio.” Liz’s nasally words shout through my speakers. “Oh, wait– there I am. Oh, cool. There’s like an echo.” After a major pause, I wonder if I’ve lost the signal. “Oh, sorry,” Liz breaks in, just as I’m about to fiddle with the buttons. “I was listening to myself. I really am on the air, huh?”

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7:10AM PDT on Oct 3, 2011

It's so easy to connect with Loma. Just like many women, Loma is confused about the direction that her life is taking. Loma hasn't fallen in love with the right guy the way she (and her mother) imagined she would. Now that she is in her 30's Loma compares herself to her more successful sister Anna and wishes she could find more meaning in her own life. This chapter leaves me wondering what will happen next?

11:27PM PDT on Sep 28, 2011

VERY INTRESTING!

6:42PM PDT on Sep 27, 2011

Interesting but ...

I'd like to understand the concept within the title.

Any ideas ?

1:41PM PDT on Sep 27, 2011

Omigosh. This is ME! (Is that funny or sad?) I'll have to read the rest of this book because I'm really tired of being this way when I know I used to be so much nicer and can (hopefully!) be again.

9:52AM PDT on Sep 27, 2011

HA HA I see myself and every other person in little glimpses in this. Wonderful, light, funny, and still a guidance to self discovery and we are not alone.

8:28AM PDT on Sep 27, 2011

Sounds like a book I need to read. Lately my frustrations are out all the time. Too many changes all happening at once and I can't seem to figure out what to do with all these feelings.

10:51PM PDT on Sep 26, 2011

Thanks

6:14PM PDT on Sep 26, 2011

This sounds like me too!

11:25AM PDT on Sep 26, 2011

Sounds like more! Fun to read about someone elses frustrations once in a while!

11:25AM PDT on Sep 26, 2011

Sounds like more! Fun to read about someone elses frustrations once in a while!

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