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September 19, 2014

NEVER TOO LATE by Lawrence W. Gold, M.D.


Brier Hospital
Lawrence W. Gold, M.D.

"If you want to run, run a mile. If you
want to experience a different life,
run a marathon."
-Emil Zatopek

"Run early in the morning, before your 
brain figures out what you're really doing."

Lawrence Gold I was born in the Bensonhurst section of Brooklyn, moved to Queens, and then, as New Yorkers say, we ascended to the Island.
After graduating from Valley Stream Central High School, I went to Adelphi, a college then, a university now, and then to medical school in Chicago.
The war in Vietnam interrupted my postgraduate training with a year in Colorado Springs and another as a Battalion Surgeon in Vietnam. I spent seven months in the Central Highlands with the 4th Infantry and five months in an evacuation hospital in Long Binh outside Saigon where I ran the emergency room.
I returned intact in 1968 to complete my training in internal medicine and diseases of the kidney, nephrology.
I worked for twenty-three years in Berkeley, California in a hospital-based practice caring for patients with complicated illnesses often in ICU and served as Chief of Medicine.
My wife Dorlis and I retired in October 1995 and sailed under the Golden Gate Bridge for a life at sea in Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean.
Four years later, exhausted from repairing everything on board, (often many times) we sold the sailboat and within a year took the lazy man's out; we bought a Nordic Tug, a trawler. We motored around Florida, the Bahamas, the entire East Coast and completed two 'Circle trips' to Canada and back, eight months, the first time, five months, the second.
I wrote professionally as a physician to inform but rarely to entertain, at least not on purpose.
First, Do No Harm was published in April 2007. No Cure for Murder was released in August 2011. For the Love of God was published in January 2012 and The Sixth Sense in July 2012.
In the last two years, I've written three screenplays based on my novels and hope to see one or more produced for the screen. I submitted my screenplay, Rage to the 80th Annual Writer's Digest contest and won honorable mention (57 out of 11,000).
We live in beautiful Grass Valley with 13 year old Mike, a terrier mix and Bennie, a 7 year old purebred though enormous Yorkie.

 SUMMARY (from Amazon)

Isabel Kramer’s dream of running competitively, frustrated since age seventeen, reveals itself when, on a lark, she joins her daughter in the Bay to Breakers race in San Francisco. Now age sixty, Izzy challenges her misgivings, the sage and well-intentioned advice of family and friends, and prepares for long-distance running. Izzy, a psychiatrist and professor of psychology at UC Berkeley has no illusions about the likelihood of success and the possibility of injury, but amazingly, she outperforms the running world’s and her own expectations and trains for the Boston Marathon. Barriers of every type obstruct Izzy’s path to Boston. Can they stop her? Supporters of every age see in her the will and the talent to win, and they joyfully join her in the realization of a destiny too long delayed.
Series: Brier Hospital, Paperback: 326 pages, Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (August 9, 2014), Language: English,
 ISBN-10: 1500706736ISBN-13: 978-1500706739

 The author writes a story that makes you realize that is is never too late to fulfill your dreams. Isabel Kramer found that training for the Boston Marathon was no easy task..Ms. Kramer is a psychiatrist, 60 years of age and had always wanted to be a runner from a teenage.  It just seemed that every time Isabel wanted to do something her mother stopped her.  Isabel's high school coach told her mother what a good runner Izzy was.  That didn't matter to Isabel's mother.  Isabel wasn't allowed to participate.   Izzy thought if she could convince her mother to run a marathon with her, she would find out how much fun and how good Izzy was.  When Izzy ran she realized how much she loved running.When Izzy decided at the age of 60 to run, she had a hard time to get the coach to help her.  He thought she was too OLD to run or train.  I believe the author was trying to show that no matter how old or young you are, if you have your heart set on  realizing a dream, go for it.  Why not? Of course if it is a danger to your health, it's a very bad idea.  If you're fit and there's no danger, reach for those stars.  Even if you don't win, you've actually won.  You've won because you didn't quit.  Just like Izzy when she finally ran at the age of 60,  did she lose or win?  The way I took the author's story is that it doesn't matter.  You've won either way. Mr. Gold wrote a book that you don't lose interest in.  It may bring tears to your eyes, but they are tears of joy.  A good book for everyone.  It shows that dreams can come true and you have to keep trying.  Wonderful book.

I was given a complimentary copy of NEVER TOO LATE from the author Lawrence W. Gold, M.D. for the view of his book.  No other compensation took place.

I would give this book 5 STARS.


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