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Square Up: 50,000 Miles in Search of a Way Home Kindle Edition
Have you ever wished you could run away and leave your life behind? Born on the "Day of the Wanderer," Lisa Dailey has always been filled with wanderlust. Although she and her husband had planned to take their family on a 'round-the-world adventure, she didn't expect their plans to come together on the heels of grief, after losing seven family members in five years. Square Up shows us that travel not only helps us understand and appreciate other cultures, but invites us to find compassion and wisdom, heal from our losses, and discover our capacity for forgiveness, as well as joy.
Lisa Dailey weaves an extraordinary and fascinating tale of her journey around the world with her family. But this is far more than a travel story; it's a merciful, compassionate story of how traveling experiences can offer insight, perspective, and healing. As a therapist, I can say that I'd recommend this book to anyone who has struggled with profound loss or serious anxiety. It is a story of self-compassion, not self-pity, with moments of charm and humor that delight throughout. If you loved Cheryl Strayed's Wild, you'll adore this story.
-Betsy Graziani Fasbinder, author of Filling Her Shoes
Lisa Dailey is a woman after my own heart. She understands that both the discomfort and adventure of travel can change-and heal-us. In Square Up, in the throes of grief after several family deaths, Lisa and her husband, Ray, take their children around the world to places as far-flung as Cambodia, Myanmar, and Ghana. For the rest of her family, the trip is an opportunity to see the world and stretch their worldview (they visit a temple filled with rats and venture into the culinary enterprise of eating tarantulas, after all). And while all of this is riveting, indeed a treat for lovers of travel writing, what really captures the heart in this memoir is the way the narrator finds her way, after nearly being crushed by her recent losses, to peace of mind and self-compassion. Square Up is full of grace and love and gentle warmth-an authentic story of love of self, family, and, of course, travel.
-Cami Ostman, author of Second Wind: One Woman's Midlife Quest to Run Seven Marathons on Seven Continents
***** (five-star review)
-Ruffina Oserio, Readers' Favorite--This text refers to the paperback edition.
About the Author
- ASIN : B08Z7K55KT
- Publisher : Sidekick Press (March 30, 2021)
- Publication date : March 30, 2021
- Language : English
- File size : 1545 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Sticky notes : On Kindle Scribe
- Print length : 272 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,048,876 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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By the time it is over, their comfort zone had been truly expanded more than most people will ever experience.
Fun to read, some tough times to deal with, but overall a great story and I know you will enjoy reading it.
Since Ray was in the military, the family mostly flew in military planes to keep the cost down. She explains how terribly uncomfortable and cold these planes are and highly recommends bringing a blanket and dressing warm.
The family traveled all over Asia. They took a longer stop in Vietnam and Cambodia so Ray could volunteer since he is also a dentist. I loved her descriptions of all the places they travel over the period of 7 months. One of my favorite stories from the family’s travels was of the Rat Temple in Deshnoke, India. The rats, over 25,000 of them are believed to be ancestors, reborn as rats. As with any Hindu temple you visit, you must remove your shoes before going inside. So, there are rats crawling over your feet and even nibbling on occasion. You can also buy food outside, to feed the rats. I love animals but I will not be going their! LOL!
Towards the end of their journey and with a lot of hassle getting special travel visa, the went to Ghana in Africa. Ray was to volunteer doing dentistry there as well. Once there, they found out there were even more road blocks to him volunteering.
Though there were a lot of difficulties in the 7 months, the family persevered and Lisa started dealing with her grief in a more positive way. Right after I started reading ‘Square Up’, my sister passed away. She was the 5th death in 3 years for me. Four of them were in the last year. So, I had to stop reading the book for awhile. It was triggering for me at the time. However, I am so glad I picked it back up! I love the lessons Lisa learned during the journey and I think some have rubbed off on me.
If you love reading travel adventures, you will love this book! If you have suffered loss, there are lessons to be learned here! I loved this book so much that I am sure I will read it again. Because there are so many books, I want to read I rarely read the same book twice! I highly recommend ‘Square Up’.