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June 13, 2014

PARK AVENUE to PARK BENCH by Michael Domino

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(short stories)
Michael Domino

"There are no problems only solutions." 
 -Michael Domino
“There are no strangers here; 
Only friends you haven’t yet met.” 
~W.B. Yeats 
226 pages
Published 2014
 by Conscience Circle
ISBN13  9781496101075

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Michael Domino has lived in New York City for 10 years, and has lived and worked within a 50-mile radius of Manhattan Island for most of his life. Captivated and sometimes overwhelmed by The City, he has come to know that the essence of Manhattan life is contained within its people - from all income brackets, all living situations, and all ages to all backgrounds, personalities, and circumstances.
We usually don't have any contact with the day to day people we see on the streets, in the stores or even people who may be clerks, restaurant servers and others.   We usually don't even notice these people.
We as humans have this fear that anybody they may meet and connect with will want something or need something.  We don't want to get involved.  It's like, just stay away from me and leave me alone. We as humans all have our own troubles, our own worries.  We don't want or need to add to the ones we already have.
Most of us don't feel bad about ignoring these people.  Is that because we are insensitive?  Have we maybe been burned too many times?
The author has a different outlook.  He wants to know them and their story.  He wants to carry some of their troubles to make their life just a little easier.  He sometimes finds himself interacting before he even knows he is.  But he can't just turn his back and walk away.  He has developed an attachment to these people.
If someone needs to be listened to, he listens.  If someone needs help, he helps.  If someone just needs a few minutes of his time, he gives it. We, as the reader, should turn the tables and think.  What if I was that person on the street that would possibly need someone to talk to or need a few minutes?  Would someone stop and talk to me?  Would someone help me?  How would we feel being out there and needing someone to just listen, but no one would?
It takes just a few minutes or even an hour to give someone that hope, that help to go on.  Sometimes people just need a few kind words to keep them going.  What has happened to us as a human race, when we have not time to give a few kind words?  Just a few kinds words or a kind deed can save a person's life.  It actually can, because it shows that someone cares, even if just for a short while. 
The author has written an interesting and thought provoking book of short stories, about  some of the quirky people in New York. The book has lessons to learn and stories of people  which can make you smile and reflect.  Even though you are smiling, there are people out there who aren't.  Keep that in mind.

I would recommend this book to anyone who would like to hear some interesting, humorous stories of people needing people.  If you want to take a little time out to sit down and read these stories, you will probably learn a few things and while you're learning, you can smile.

I was given a complimentary copy of PARK AVENUE to PARK BENCH from the author, Michael Domino for my view of this book.  No compensation has taken place.

I would give this book 4 STARS.


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