Forever a Blackhawk Hardcover – Oct 1 2011
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"Being single is not a condition to be cured"-especially when the remedy possibly means riding a marry-and-divorce roller-coaster just to avoid loneliness-says author and psychotherapist Ford (Wonderful Ways series; Between Mother and Daughter, Getting over Getting Mad). Instead, singles (this book is ostensibly written for all, but may resonate more with women) should reject the lonely and pathetic stereotypes this status usually carries and embrace life's most lasting relationship-the one with themselves. While some may dismiss this advice as a desperate mantra, Ford skillfully uses her own story and others' anecdotes to show that it's possible to be single and content. As a once happily married young woman, a sudden widow at age 29, then a miserably remarried woman, and finally an abandoned divorcée with a baby and an immense debt, Ford knows how precarious it is to put her happiness in the hands of another. In amusing lessons divided among six sections, she counsels readers on how to marshal their singleness to confront whatever adversities they may be forced endure. This fundamental wisdom should not be lost on couples either; after all, everyone must tread solo sometimes. Ford's playful poking at her own past misadventures in love and denial (like when she went solo to a movie and ordered drinks and popcorn for two) will endear her to struggling singles and inspire many to rejoice in life's singular potential.
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About the Author
Stan Mikita is one of the greatest centers in the history of hockey. During his illustrious 22 year Chicago Blackhawks career, he set franchise records for games played, assists, and points, and led the 1960–1961 squad to the Stanley Cup. He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1983. Bob Verdi is the Chicago Blackhawks' team historian and has covered sports for five decades, including more than 40 years as a columnist and contributor for the Chicago Tribune.
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Stan Mikita joined the Black Hawks in 1959. I was too young to remember him as a rookie. But in his second year, with a wonderful core of young players and veterans, the Black Hawks took home the Stanley Cup. They seemed poised to hoist several more. Mikita played another nineteen years, and never won another.
This book is told in his own words, although there are some interludes from teammates about him. Mikita is a very positive person, and he tells his story without bitterness. He had an amazing career, but his early life is in many ways even more amazing. His parents sent him over as an eight year old with his brother from Communist Czechoslavakia. He was adopted by his aunt and uncle, whom he came to accept as his second set of parents.
He was considered a demon on the ice early in his career, taking no quarter from any player on the ice. He did not back down from any fights. He transformed into a model of sportsmanship. He also brought his game to an apex where he was widely considered one of the top two or three players in the game.
He tells his story with a gentle humor, and an impish mirth. He considers himself blessed to have sowed the friendships of his teammates, to have graced the game he loved, and to still be revered as an ambassador to a wonderful and unique sport.
This is a light, breezy autobiography with many vivid pictures. For the fan of Original Six hockey, a can't miss proposition.
Stan MIkita has been blessed in his post-hockey life as well and he humbly admits to this fact. I found the part about his reconnection with the Blackhawk hockey team and his family life to be interesting as well. As I've said although I don't follow hockey there are a number of players whose names I recognize from this time period. It's good to see Chicago has once again become enamored with their Blackhawks.
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