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Mixed Blessings: A Novel de Danielle Steel
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Mixed Blessings: A Novel (1992 original; edició 1993)

de Danielle Steel (Autor)

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After the wedding of Diana Goode and Andrew Douglas, Diana teases that they will make a baby on their honeymoon.  But long afterward, she is still not pregnant.  As Diana and Andrew wait out each month only to be bitterly disappointed, they are forced to question just how much they are willing to go through to have a baby.  Charlie Winwood dreams of a house filled with children.  His bride, party-girl actress Barbie Mason, has other ideas.  When he discovers he is sterile, Charlie has to rethink his deepest values -- and his marriage to a woman who shares none of his dreams.After ten years of living together, Pilar Graham, a prominent Santa Barbara attorney, marries Judge Brad Coleman, who is nineteen years her senior and father of two grown children.  They are happy with their comfortable life together, à deux, until Pilar begins to wonder if she will someday regret not having a baby with Brad.  Are they crazy to begin now -- with Brad about to become a grandfather and Pilar with a busy career, and in her early forties, possibly putting herself at risk?Through the lives of these couples, Danielle Steel shows us the mixed blessingswe face as we build our families and live our modern lives.  She touches us with the triumphant people who prevail, their victories, their defeats, their tragedies and joys, their compromises, their lives.From the Paperback edition.… (més)
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Títol:Mixed Blessings: A Novel
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  archivomorero | Jun 25, 2022 |
The story of a Sydney (Australia) woman who spent a lifetime providing foster care for babies. Deborah and her husband Cedric Lee (son of Bing Lee) were not able to have their own children so adopted three and fostered many more. Deborah relates many stories about the children, their circumstances and the foster care system. A worthwhile read. ( )
  PhillipThomas | Jul 21, 2016 |
I think that Danielle is a *horrible* girl, because she's just so damn popular.

(The War against Nabis was fought in.... damn you. Damn you plebs. You're not listening.)

Just think of the Beatles, right. 'The Magical Mystery Tour is coming to take you away.' (*Danielle the Beatles girl is drifting away to sleep* 'The Magical Mystery Tour is coming to take you away....')

Yeah, whatever, you damn crazy hippies. Yeah, yeah, whatever. Well, I have better things to do than to enjoy my life and be happy.

Yeah, whatever, you damn hippies....

Pretty soon they'll be telling me that there are houses of the holy, and all that.... and there are gurus and there are pagans and there are Vikings....

Whatever.

*words to happy-go-lucky hickish band's song from 1963 or something, Saturday Night, or something* 'The kids are going crazy, you can see it more and more....'

John Lennon is the walrus and Adam Sandler is the walrus and Drew Barrymore wants to be with walrus.... eiy eiy eiy, I'm glad that there are no pornographic priestesses in the Catholic Church, I'm just going to eat some cake and then nod off to sleep....

And hope that there are no happy fairies waiting at the bottom of my happy English garden.

What ever happened to that creepy guy, right. ('There's a fog upon the lake, and my friends have lost their way....') Was he the King, or was that someone else...

'Let's all get up and dance to a song that was a hit before your mother was born, though your mother was born a long, long time ago, your mother should know....'

And that's why I like the English-- they gave us Jane Austen and John Lennon, and what did the Russian ever give us except some suicidal novelists and a good fright, right.

You say yes, I say no, You say stop, and I say go go go.... Oh no.... I don't know why you say good bye, I say hello.

.... You say why, and I say-- I don't know! Oh no!

.... Honestly, though, it is *funny*, because it *is* Mixed Blessings-- when you say 'the 60s', who thinks of the Beatles? (Whom everyone understands?) No, people think of the *seventies*; I don't think that that many people think of the Beatles and the real 60s straight off.

And Goddamn David Gilmour.

No one I think is in my tree....

Let me take you down, because I'm going to--

Law school?

That is the seventies, baby-- there were no chicks in law school in the 60s, and if you said that you wanted to go to law school, back then, everybody would have known, whose side you were on.

{(As though they were doing a commercial that I wrote, Because I wrote it.) (P) And what use was it all, anyway-- it's not like it made them happy. (G) No, the more that they thought about it, the more bitter they became. (J) And what use is bitterness. (R) It's better just to let it be...... Howard: So I should just learn to pick up girls and stuff. Richard: Yeah, you should join a rock group, like I did. Or you could just have George's; George doesn't like his place in the band.-- Hey Harrison! We're giving your spot in the group to Wolowitz. (Tom Cruise is, GEORGE HARRISON.) "Shut up, Starkey." Ringo: Oh well kid, guess you're out of luck. I could sign something for ya you. I'm one of the Beatles, you know. Wolowitz: No, I'm okay. (And I'm totally musically illiterate; I don't even know who these people are.) Ringo: I play Ludwig, you know. Wolowitz: What. ..... Athlete: (doing a commercial or something) Next time you think that you're perfect, try walking on water. Hermes: Try being a Beeeat-ul. Ringo: And then time you think you're immortal, try being George Harrison. Hermes: Tom Cruise. Ringo: Tom Cruise. George Harrison: I'm not going to do, what you all think that I'm going to do, which is, to just flip out. Ringo: Oh, good. George Harrison: *his eyes are fire* McCartney: You know, the thumbnail of the youtube top tracks is of you-- what more do you want. Harrison: To tax the pouring rain on Penny Lane. McCartney: *Very* strange. Ringo: Four of fish, and finger pies. *giggles* Led Zeppelin guy: Four of wands. John: *thoughtful* Despite what people told me, average really can be extraordinary, in Strawberry Fields.... Paul: And! In Penny Lane! John: *shrugs* Yeah. Paul: *laughs* Your mother should know, John. John: Oh no. She doesn't need to know.... *tries to find that oldies [50s/60s, Elvis/Beatles] song 'Saturday Night' which was actually contemporaneous with the Beatles* *gets saturday night live back, realizes it won't work like that, easily*.... top comments: "That I am the walrus." *drops pizza* "The Beatles were a hit before your mother was born, though she was born a long long time ago. Your Mother Should Know." *mother is being a pill* *hums in head* Ah-ah, Your mother should know.... You are a liberal; your self-image: Always in pain, nothing ever gets better. You are a "communist"; your self-image: Life is easier with eyes closed, misunderstanding all you see.... ;).... A little better, all the time.... We used to be angry and mad.... Mom: "Can you imagine Paul being cruel to his woman?.... they're such comedians...." Paul McCartney: *mock anger* I don't care if you don't want me to ask about your feelings; I'm going to do it anyway! His Woman: No, I really just don't want you to. Paul: *actually gets angry* Well, I'm going to care about your feelings anyway, so there! .... Oh yeah, and we used to have family in Liverpool or something. Then they died because they were boring, and because they were not actually the Beatles..... though she was born a long long time ago, trans-ition, transition.... hmm.... Led Zeppelin.... *no, you have to stay with this one band, because I like it*.... It's good that I have a whole lotta love for the magical mystery tour.... and the four of wands always reminds me of the beatles, and the fool on the hill always reminds me of Steve Carell.... spinning round, mom, *spinning*..... I have to watch the new movie that Matt Damon did, hmmm, no, I don't.... "It's about a relationship that happened because of some political stuff."... Yeah, that sounds like Matt Damon.... you know, even Paul knew that, he, the Dude, was right, sometimes-- thus, "The Fool on the Hill".... ROSE AND VALERIE, SCREAMING FROM THE GALLERY, BITCHES LIKE US, WE HATE OURSELVES.... *pause* It was a hit long before your mother was born.... my friends have lost their way.... your mother should know.... she doesn't, but she should.... let's all get up an dance to a song that was hit long before.... 'my valentine'....}

*rolls eyes* How long, Katie, will you test my patience. ^^

[Holy shit, maybe if you did something RIGHT for once, first you whine, (Uhh, John), and then you mess everything up for everyone, (screetching at Paul like a bat-monkey), and then I'm supposed to clean up this mess of 'Katie', that you made.... Fuck's sake.... Don't fuck everything up, you stupid monkey.... Like, first you complain about drugs, (because they should have gone to church or joined the army instead, you dumb fuck), and then two minutes later, you're making this "singing" thing to "Strawberry Fields Forever"-- like, I'm sorry, are you stupid? Was that a joke?.... I know when it's a dream.... I'm gonna give you all my love.... .... You want to listen to George Harrison, fine, here you go, I want to listen to Led Zeppelin.... *At least Jimmy Page isn't the taxman*..... You say why, I say I don't know.... I really can't make out what he's saying, (Jimmy).... just like I couldn't figure why the hell George would want to put Taxman right immediately after Here Comes the Sun on that CD.... Well, you know, that's it a fool, who plays it cool, by making his world a little colder.... *sighs* If the sun refused to shine, I would still be loving you, (Danielle, my belle).... Like.... "What is and what should never be"-- like, this (sorta makes sense, it's good), this, like, this almost makes sense to me, but actually, this makes no sense to me.... at all.... at all.... Love me do?..... I mean, it's music, it's defs not noise pollution like evil 'family'.... but it's also a bit like listening to George sing in Hindustani, just better, that's all.... but it's not like, 1964 Beatles song, 'The Beatles' goes on at the end, like, 'teh folk symbol.... rad', (or Elvis, the King).... Although it's not like they didn't teach a bit, but.... 'the houses of the holy', *that is such a great idea*, *I'm having such a great idea, right now*, *I have a great idea, we'll call it, the hous*zez*, of teh hol*y*, *, *this is such a great idea*, Ringo: That's great. Now one of our albums will have, like, an actual name, this is great. *Franz Ferdinand glares at him* Ringo: What I was just tellin' ya, you know. I'm part of a rock group, you know-- the English rock band..... .... Elvis: We always had alot of fun with this one. Jailhouse rock. {John Lennon, like, one year later: We're going to form a rock group.} Led Zeppelin: *wakes slightly from a reverie* Fun?.... ~Or Franz Schubert, I'm tired.... *Holy shit, Elvis is so much fucking cooler than Brad Pitt*!!!!!.... .... Will.i.am. and Britney Spears-- 'Scream and Shout'.... I hate to be the snob of the party.... But I liked it better when it was, *Twist* and Shout.... Look at John go! That's John Lennon!!!! ^^.... and he was married, and to a white girl. *laughing*, *snob voice* 'And without Bach's Brandenburg Concerto this would never have been possible.' (PENNY LANE, schize?) I didn't realize that the Beatles were Prussian, lol, I thought they were from Liverpool-- 'I kept trying to explain to the guy, that it was a Liverpool accent'....]

After all, maybe even Tully likes Penny Lane; Juno's mercy, the things that I have to explain to people.

......

[Hermes: I was a beatle. Mercury: And I was a turtle. Together: Yay!

(Little Apollo: Well, I was a beach boy.

Hermes: Oh well.)]

[Apparently Jonah Hill ("I just want to get these boots back to my house, so that I can wear them", "Don't touch that.... We'll drive across America with this flashlight on you") was in the Turtles, although I can't see it, personally. I guess that all fat people are a little similar, though. *laughing*]

[Technology: Led Zeppelin I: Increases band's tax base by 5%. lol. ^^]

......

PENNY LANE, THERE IS A BARBER SHOWING PHOTOGRAPHS,
OF EVERY HEAD HE'S HAD THE PLEASURE TO HAVE KNOWN
AND ALL THE PEOPLE THAT COME AND GO
STOP AND SAY HELLO

ON THE CORNER IS A BANKER
WITH A MOTORCAR
THE LITTLE CHILDREN LAUGH AT HIM
BEHIND HIS BACK
AND THE BANKER NEVER WEARS A MAC
IN THE POURING RAIN
VERY STRANGE

PENNY LANE IS IN MY EARS AND IN MY EYES
THERE BENEATH THE BLUE SUBURBAN SKIES....

Is Paul McCartney.

[folksong....]

[Sitting in my English garden, waiting for the sun.]

[~All you need is love; love is all you need.]

[~~ Let's all get up and dance to a song that was a hit before your mother was born.... sing it again....]

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1 vota | Tullius22 | Dec 29, 2012 |
DADO À ISABEL MARIA EM 25.12.2008 ( )
  arturabreu | Dec 25, 2008 |
This is a powerful tale of three couples who face decisions about having children that will test, in unexpected ways, the ties that bind them as lovers, partners, and friends. Their lives, their goals, their feelings about families, are on the line, as the word "infertility" begins to unravel their dreams
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After the wedding of Diana Goode and Andrew Douglas, Diana teases that they will make a baby on their honeymoon.  But long afterward, she is still not pregnant.  As Diana and Andrew wait out each month only to be bitterly disappointed, they are forced to question just how much they are willing to go through to have a baby.  Charlie Winwood dreams of a house filled with children.  His bride, party-girl actress Barbie Mason, has other ideas.  When he discovers he is sterile, Charlie has to rethink his deepest values -- and his marriage to a woman who shares none of his dreams.After ten years of living together, Pilar Graham, a prominent Santa Barbara attorney, marries Judge Brad Coleman, who is nineteen years her senior and father of two grown children.  They are happy with their comfortable life together, à deux, until Pilar begins to wonder if she will someday regret not having a baby with Brad.  Are they crazy to begin now -- with Brad about to become a grandfather and Pilar with a busy career, and in her early forties, possibly putting herself at risk?Through the lives of these couples, Danielle Steel shows us the mixed blessingswe face as we build our families and live our modern lives.  She touches us with the triumphant people who prevail, their victories, their defeats, their tragedies and joys, their compromises, their lives.From the Paperback edition.

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