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Posted January 29, 2015

Book: Napkin Notes: Make Lunch Meaningful, Life Will Follow. Love, Dad
Author: Garth Callaghan
HarperCollins. New York. 2014. Pp. 247

An Excerpt from the Jacket:

I can't bear the thought of leaving my little girl, of not being there to watch her grow up, to provide counsel and advice, laughs and jokes. To be her dad.

But I have discovered a way to let her know every day how loved she is, how much I support her, and how much I care about the person she becomes. I write her Napkin Notes, which I tuck inside her lunch bag every morning.

This book is a call. To wake up. Connect. Share your feelings. Make that phone call. Write that note. Because I know all too well the fragility of life and how important it is to take the time to connect with those we love while we're still here, while we still can.

An Excerpt from the Book:

Dear Emma, Anyone who thinks that sunshine is pure happiness has never danced in the rain. Love, Dad

If you don't like something change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude. -Maya Angelou

Dear Emma, it doesn't matter where you go in life but rather who is by your side and how you make a difference. Love, Dad

Normal is a setting on a washing machine. Be awesome --- Unknown

Learn as if you were to live forever. --- Mahatma Gandhi

Risk something or forever sit with your dreams. --- Herb Brooks

Do not pray for an easy life, pray for the strength to endure a difficult one. --- Bruce Lee

The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why. --- Mark Twain

Table of Contents: 1. It all started with a napkin
2. Sangria red
3. "I'm excellent!"
4. Where's the pony?
5. My gamer girl
6. Message with meaning
7. The napkin note notebook
8. The prostate is like popcorn
9. Ready, fire! Aim
10. Active surveillance
11. Six words I say to Emma
12. Feeling the call
13. Whac-A-Mole (or I'm tired of making Emma cry)
14. The every day action hero
15. The best Christmas present ever
16. Going public
17. I'm just a guy writing napkins
18. The gift of words
19. Side effects
20. Lifelines
21. Dear Emma
22. My life list


Emma's top five napkin notes
The note writer's philosophy
How to write a napkin note
More than napkin notes
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