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It's been a long cold winter. Your not physically ill but perhaps sick of your job. Like many of your fellow workers you don't feel like trudging to work. A recent U S Harris survey has shown that you are not alone: one-third of American employees have faked illness to take a day or two off.

Drop into your favourite public library and pick up a good read to keep you company. A cup of Jasmine Tea in one hand and a good book and you are set for a relaxing day. Don't worry the job and all of the problems will be there when you get back. Guaranteed.

Let me suggest if I may a couple of fine reads that you may find interesting. 'The Monk who Sold his Ferrari' by Robin Sharma is a must for every Type A executive in a golden handcuff career.

James Blake's book, 'Breaking Back' is an inspirational biography of a young tennis player who is able to overcome life's adversity.

It's not About The Bike 'by Lance Armstrong-Tour de France winner takes on Cancer and wins.

This life by Sydney Poitier-the true life story of an Academy award winner; youngster born into poverty who dazzles the world.

Tuesday with Morrie by Mitch Albom has been on the Globe and Mails Bestsellers list for five years. An old professor and his student and life's great lessons.

The Day John Died by Christopher Anderson. A chronicle of the fatal plane ride of John F Kennedy Junior. The sad consequences of being rich and famous without self discipline.

King of the World by David Remmick-the life of Mohammed Ali. The sad tale of fame and fortune that often times ends in tragedy for many athletes that do not heed the axiom.'Know when to hold them and know when to fold them.

Brian Muroney's Memoirs is and interesting read to skim over lightly. Hell, the book weighs in at over 1000 pages.
Jean Christian's My Years as a Prime Minister, by Ron Graham is an interesting study of how the eighteenth of nineteenth children from a poor family in Shawinigan became Prime Minister of Canada.

Bleak House, by Charles Dickens - a most brilliant satire is Pam Samuels highly recommends this novel as part of her survival gear if she was stranded on a desert island without her husband Joe.

Man's Search for Meaning by Victor Frankl. If you only read two books in your life then one should be the bible and the other this one.

Tales of Courage and Conflict by Leo Tolstoy - a collection of short stories , one of which asks how land does a man need? The futile sad quest of a life consumed in searching for wealth and status.

Please be good to yourself to-day. I have an eight by fourteen centimeter picture of a women in a lounge chair with the caption. "He/she who never takes a sick day is sicker then anyone."

My uncle, Mickey Lester, a Toronto D J always closed his nightly show with a bit of advice for the listeners. "Take it easy my friendly. You will last a whole lot longer and finish a whole lot stronger."

Len Lesser

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