If Robert Fulghum and Mark Twain had a child, well that would be pretty scary. But if the spiritual musings of Robert Fulghum and the many quoted gems of Mark Twain were to meet on the same page, you would find yourself face to face with Leslie Miklosy's lighthearted perceptions of life's darker hours. He flirts with the intensity of the human journey in a delightful way, with all the precision of someone who has studied the map and then threw it away in favor of the less beaten paths.
The Tao tells us our emptiness is the existence of every possibility. As we come up short from many of life's more trying times, it's often difficult to see our own potential. Miklosy's look inward finds an unusual and useful answer.
"Sapped of strength, I discover a self that doesn't rely on strength."
Facing our fears and realizing our sorrows has the advantage of giving us a place from whence to grow. Miklosy gives credence to our experiences by acknowledging both the struggle and the lesson learned.
"How can you avoid a puddle if you haven't cried a gallon of tears?"
On the other side of our hardships we can rest in the knowledge of who we've become...
"Life is the opportunity to be rewarded for being yourself."
...and celebrate in the light of our many realizations.
"After years of itch, it turned out there was a superman costume underneath."
The illustrative talents of Katiuscia Negron have been nicely teamed with Miklosy's words and also playfully grace the cover of "Tummy."
Having read "Tummy" once when fully awake and again when quite tired at the end of a long day, I was surprised to find different words appealing to me each time. Any book can be different things to different people, but it's not often that any one book can be many things to one person. There is a treasure trove of witty wisdom awaiting anyone fortunate enough to come across this book. Miklosy's unique grasp of thought and word gives the rest of us a chance to learn, think, and giggle a little. While the perfect gift for a non-reader, it's also just the thing for those needing a break from heavy reading — and the heavy moments of our lives.