Book review: Exploring everyone’s value in ‘I Matter’

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I Matter: Finding Meaning in Your Life at Any Age

By C.F. Foster for the Times-Union, November 15, 2020

I Matter: Finding Meaning in Your Life at Any Age

Editors: Harlan Rector and Edward Mickolus

Cross & Partners, 117 pages, $9.95 paperback

Each month Sun Magazine runs a section where their readers write short, memoir-like vignettes on a preselected topic. The result is the most popular section of the magazine.

Local writers Harlan Rector and Edward Mickolus have produced a book that uses the same concept, asking their authors “to talk about points in their lives in which someone or some development dramatically affected their lives … from childhood up through death.”

The result is “I Matter: Finding Meaning in Your Life at Any Age,” a fascinating collection in a slim volume that will have you eagerly flipping pages and asking for more.

These stories are about childhood, teenage years, adulthood, work and career, family and retirement. Some are inspirational, many are a testament to faith, others will make you laugh, a few will bring tears.

Their authors are a diverse group representing “different races, genders, sexual orientations, ages, socioeconomic status, religious preferences, ethnic heritage, and professions.”

Twelve are from the area.

The ambitious editors want more. They have left blank pages so you can write you own “micro-memoir” that can be included in a second volume.

C.F. Foster writes in Riverside.

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