SONGS OF MY LIFE . . . Slightly Out of Tune
By Susan Dintino
Publisher: Hay House, Inc.
Publication Date: July 2012
Price: $13.99/trade paperback
“Susan is a modern-day Erma Bombeck. Her writing is filled with humor and heart. She cuts to the core of what it’s really like to be ‘this age’ and writes in a way the brings both laughter and the occasional tear.”
–Cindy Pearlman, syndicated columnist and co-author of The Black Book of Hollywood Beauty Secrets.
“Nothing lightens the soul like laughter.”
HUMOROUS AND INSIGHTFUL, NEW BOOK BY SUSAN DINTINO ADDRESSES THE CHALLENGES OF WOMEN’S DAILY LIVES FROM MARRIAGE AND PARENTING TO BODY IMAGE AND AGING
SONGS OF MY LIFE Is A Memoir That Will Fill Readers With Joy And Inspire Moments of Reflection
Buoyed by a resilient nature and a strong sense of humor, Susan Dintino is a motivational coach and meditation expert who shows women how to live stress-free and find joy in the people, places, and events they experience every day. In her engaging new book, SONGS OF MY LIFE . . . Slightly Out of Tune (Hay House, July 2012), Dintino shares stories of her life – enabling others to laugh at their own struggles and find new hope for getting through the tough moments, while enjoying the rest.
Through a more than forty-year marriage, raising three daughters (including one she describes as a “free spirit”), a lifelong struggle with her weight (“I’ve been up and down the numbers on my bathroom scale so many times that I think I’ve lost and regained a small country”), and a contentious relationship with her own parents, Dintino is someone who has learned to meet life’s challenges head on. Women of all ages will recognize themselves in the pages of SONGS OF MY LIFE. They will nod in understanding, wince, laugh, and occasionally fight back tears as they read Dintino’s insightful take on marriage, parenting, health scares, aging, body image, and personal responsibility.
“I love to make people laugh and feel that this is a powerful tool to lift people’s spirits regardless of the challenges in their lives,” explains Dintino. She describes how she planned and survived a mobile home journey to Disney World with husband and kids in tow; overcame her fear of chaperoning a once-in-a-lifetime European school trip; attended a rock concert alone when her husband refused to go – and loved the experience; got past her resentment of her parents and her deep-seated need to constantly please her mother; dealt with her own health problems; and suffered through the death of her beloved brother.
Among the many insights packed within SONGS OF MY LIFE, are comments like these:
On body image: “I was a master at avoiding photos at all costs, at all functions, even feigning a weak bladder or pink eye. After one particularly grueling day spent avoiding the dreaded photographer at a cousin’s wedding, where I almost fell into the cake trying to escape, I knew this had to stop.”
On overcoming anxiety: “I should be doing this…I should be doing that…Well, I should never have been ‘shoulding’ on myself because my enjoyment of the moment threatens to disappear as quickly as my husband does when I ask for his credit card.”
On aging: “Now that I’m ‘that age,” I find my doctor’s visits are full of perils. It’s interesting that no one ever really defines what ‘that age’ means. My analysis is that you’re at a point where you’re beginning to fall apart piece by piece.”
On family vacations: “I found out that no matter what the brochure says, five people can’t fit into one cabin (on board a ship) unless it’s the size of an apartment. I also learned that a family of five in close quarters can behave much like the contestants on the show Survivor. And no, you can’t eat your young.”
On self-appreciation: “I do like the company of others, but it’s a wonderful thing when you can truly enjoy your own company.”
A woman who rides a bright pink Vespa scooter, sends flowers to herself as a sign of self-love, has raised three wonderful daughters, and learned the secrets of longevity in marriage, Dintino shares her personal “aha” moments throughout SONGS OF MY LIFE. In the final chapter of the book, she focuses on the ways she has found to take little respites from life that give her a boost when she needs it most. “I actually schedule ‘me time’ into my iPhone,” she explains. Among some of her favorite things for turning a day “from lousy to lovely” are enjoying a steamy hot beverage; soaking in a hot tub; taking a slow, mindful stroll; dancing; and practicing the meditation technique she has developed, InPowering Meditation™.
“What you read will, I hope, fill you with joy and inspire moments of reflection. And it’s my desire that you find aha moments that make you want to sing out loud,” writes Dintino. Readers in all stages of life will see themselves reflected in the pages of SONGS OF MY LIFE, and will treasure the smiles and insights Dintino’s stories create.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Susan Dintino is an author, a motivational speaker, and a radio show host who embraces the opportunity to reach out to a multitude of people in a way that blends humor with the life lessons she’s learned along the way. As the host of the highly rated weekly radio show Susan Dintino Live, she gets to the heart of the matter with her special brand of humor. Dintino is the author of the children’s book, A Year of Me, and recently trademarked a new technique: InPowering Meditation™, which combines automatic writing, affirmation creation, and guided meditation to promote peace and serenity. She is also the creator of the healing meditation CD, Butterfly Blessings. Susan divides her time between Sanibel Island, Florida and Buffalo, New York.
Even though I am not in my 40s and I don't have any kids, but I can still relate to many of the circumstances Susan talks about. Susan wrote this book regarding her life and she addresses the challenges of women's daily lives from marriage and parenting to body image and aging. We are all human and can definitely relate to what she talks about going through in life, dealing with aging, etc. Susan also adds a sense of humor on how she dealt with her day to day life. This is a great book to sit down and read to help you feel better about yourself.
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