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Friday, July 6, 2012

Nine Pages of Reviews for My Books

I'm happy to share with you many reviews of my books, posted at Goodreads, Amazon, and Smashwords. A few books have only one, one has five, and another has more than ten. There are two titles yet to be reviewed by readers. I trust that in time they will be. Here are the responses from my readers ... thank you so much for helping me by reading and reviewing my work. I've included comments whether strong or weak, as I glow through the strong reviews, and grow through the weak.

Readers’ reviews of Terry’s Books

Teaching: Education and Academics at the Turn of the Century
A Thoughtful Read August 22, 2011 Five Stars
This collection of essays presents key issues in education to both parents and educators in an approachable, easy going manner. Ms. Palardy's writing is grounded in her long career as an educator and a parent and this book is appropriate for both. She uses common experiences and dialogue to delve into topics ranging from education reform to the usefulness of homework and the rank book. The development of each child intellectually, socially and emotionally is a common thread. As an educator, I am familiar with the topics she takes on, but her writing led me to look more carefully at my own practice and approach. Though the pieces were written a few years ago, the ideas continue to be very relevant today.

Teaching in Action July 22, 2011 Five Stars
As a parent, teacher and administrator, I found "Teaching" to be a thoughtful and insightful reflection of issues that transcend teaching and learning. Each article speaks to the social, emotional, and academic concerns facing students, parents, and teachers. The author, Terry Palardy, is obviously an experienced educator. Her understanding of young adult learners is to be applauded.

Exploring Issues in Education December 20, 2011 Five Stars
Format:Paperback|Amazon Verified Purchase
In "Teaching: Education and Academics at the turn of the century," Terry Crawford Palardy writes with compassion, care and love for her profession and her students. They must have been lucky to have her as a teacher.

In a series of essays, Palardy explores timeless educational issues from her experienced perspective. She asks pertinent questions from varying perspectives. In Pendulum, we get a subtle, yet painfully accurate warning that the educational trends swing to extremes. (The current top-down business model of education may have been avoided if those who create education policy were forced to teach elementary school for one year.) Her intelligent writing explores various methods, addresses the intricacies involved in grading and grade inflation, and ends with a discussion with the principal demonstrating educators concerns for more than just academics. I was reading Diane Ravitch's "The Death and Life of the Great American School System: How Testing and Choice Are Undermining Education" concurrent with "Teaching: Education and Academics at the turn of the century," alternating between the two and on a couple occasions, I forgot which I was reading. That puts Palardy in very good company. Palardy is now retired and she is reflecting on her career in education. Let's hope she continues to shed light on an often misunderstood profession.

I am always a bit apprehensive when a fellow writer has favorably reviewed my fiction and then later I review their own work. The task was made easier because "Teaching: Education and Academics at the turn of the century" is nonfiction, and I write mostly fiction. Still, in this case, it's even more satisfying to enthusiastically give five stars.

Jeffrey Penn May, author of "No Teacher Left Standing" 

Gina rated it Three Stars out of Five
Shelves: first-reads
The problems that plague today's schools are clearly elucidated in this book. It was nice to see a book that didn't sugarcoat the problems and that wasn't afraid to call out certain contributing factors to those problems (e.g. parents). I would've enjoyed seeing more ideas for solutions as to how to fix the schools and the problems that exist within them in the modern age.

Jennifer Ware rated it Two Stars out of Five
Shelves: goodreads
I received this book for free from I was kind of disappointed in the length and depth of this book. I had intended to give it as a gift to a teacher if I won it. It seemed there could have been more research put in to it.

Multiple Sclerosis, an Enigma

 From: another Terry (not the author)
Five out of five stars: A Must Read for MS patients, families and friends, January 16, 2012
This review is from: Multiple Sclerosis, an Enigma: Finding a diagnosis but not a cure (Paperback)
Wow, this was an amazing book...

At this moment, I'm sitting here stunned.
Stunned because I've finally received answers I've needed for the longest time.
Stunned because I've connected to another soul with many of the strange, uncommon symptoms I've experienced, some since childhood.
Stunned because
I no longer feel alone with the monster known as MS...

This lady's story could be mine, or one of many others. She has successfully put into words, the things we wish we could say about the struggles associated with MS, but oftentimes, cannot express through mere words.

Mrs. Palardy has written an honest, painful, at times heartbreaking account of her journey through life, MS, and the assortment of medical testing and treatments. She has faced the issues in her life head on with courage, strength and personal fortitude. Terry is by no means a victim, but a slayer of this dragon. Her husband, a true knight in shining armor, stands strong by her side, supporting her, facing everything this ugly disease can throw at them.

This is an honest, important, inspiring, empowering book, which will help anyone with MS, and will bring knowledge and a deeper understanding to the loved ones and friends of those with the disease.

Thank you Terry for this gift you have given. Your story and courage has made a difference in my life.

Susanna Mahoney's review
Jul 04, 12

Read in June, 2012 Five Stars

This story is a honest look inside the world of a multiple sclerosis patient and woman trying to adjust to the MonSter.It is a good beginner's guide about plotting through the world of auto immune diseases. She is honest and refreshing sharing her thoughts with the readers and tells the pros and cons of this vague disease. She has a strong support system and knows how to advocate to the physicians for the treatment all ill individuals deserved. I like the upbeat positive attitude she is developing along her journey to transform her life from a Type A personality to a mellow lady with an I do not care attitude who lives for each day.

She was brave enough to put in the Almighty's hands and release herself from Western medication and look for a better approach to deal with the symptoms of loss muscle and cognitive capabilities. She explains how it affects her and her husband and the adjustments they made to learn how to dance and not be furious with the personal storm some of us experience every day. Kudos for sharing your experiences and trials with others who might have just received the news "You have MS". This is a good book to start to come to terms with the diagnosis of any autoimmune condition.

Carmen Ambrosio's review
Mar 28, 12

Read in March, 2012 Five Stars

Bookended by the challenging generational demands of growing children and seriously ill elderly parents, dedicated educator Terry Crawford Palardy put everyone else's needs before her own for years--even as she experienced perplexing neurological symptoms.

Fluid dialogue and vivid descriptions reveal the author's protracted, diagnostic odyssey. Readers share alongside Terry the physical and emotional toll of getting to and through physician consultations, diagnostic procedures, tests, and treatments. The escalating frustration, confusion, and fear she feels when she interacts with certain medical, pharmaceutical, and insurance company staffers may be familiar to others who have a chronic illness or their caregivers.

Finally, Terry connects with doctors she trusts. A once elusive MS diagnosis becomes definitive. Throughout her ordeal, Terry resolves to preserve her dignity. She is bolstered both by her religious faith and by her husband's consistently calm, reassuring presence. His devotion to her is the embodiment of unconditional love. Despite losses and lingering unanswered questions, Terry remains true to her conviction to decide treatment options for herself.

When I finished the last chapter, I applauded Terry's determination to deal with multiple sclerosis on her own terms. It was a rousing ovation I hoped somehow she could hear.

Merita King's review
Dec 11, 11 Five Stars

Read in December, 2011

This book is a clear account of the author's own experiences. Terry takes us through each step of her journey in a detailed and straightforward way, without the 'pity me' overtones that such books so often contain. During the course of reading this book I felt that I really came to know Terry in quite a personal way, and that I like her for her strength and no nonsense attitude to her experience. She describes in plain detail each step on her journey through diagnosis and treatment and you cannot help but feel her frustration alongside her as she deals with each new crisis as she fights to find a way of coping that feels comfortable for her.

Anyone going through their own journey with MS will find an immediate connection with Terry. Her story can only serve to help others going through similar experiences who may be lost and anxious and frustrated at the lack of empathy displayed by the medical fraternity. Those who have loved ones with MS will find this book a valuable resource in helping them towards a closer understanding of those they live with and look after.

Carol's review
Jan 13, 12 Five Stars

Recommended to Carol by: Ms Palardy's review
Recommended for: Anyone who has MS
Read in January, 2012, read count: once

Read your book and I have so many mixed emotions at the moment. Tears came to my eyes more than once. Terry you are such a courageous woman. All the trials and tribulations that were endured by both you and your husband are unbelievable. You stayed true to yourself throughout and never ever gave up. Never once did you forget about your students and the obligation you had to them as their teacher. This is excellent account of how MS can control one's life if you let it but once you begin to understand it's invasion adjustments may become acceptable. Wish I could have given a much higher rating, it deserves much more. For those whom have MS (Or knows someone with MS), I urge you to purchase this book.

Shane Cormier's review
Mar 25, 12
Five Stars

I entered this contest for my aunt. It took her a while to read it because of her condition but she finally emailed me to tell me what she thought. She wanted me to thank the author for allowing me to win this and that although she is in really bad shape, she said it gives her hope. I believe that she is going to be trying some of the steps that Terry took and will run some by her doctor as well. And she said she is going to start a journal to occupy her mind. Tv is getting old she said. All those channels and nothing to watch. LOL Her words Not mine. Sorry it took so long Terry. And thanks for the book. It put a smile on my aunts face and gave her some hope.

5.0 out of 5 stars A book for anyone with a disease without a cure., January 19, 2012
This review is from: Multiple Sclerosis, an Enigma: Finding a diagnosis but not a cure (Paperback) 
This book is a must for anyone with MS or a friend or family member of a MS patient. It gives insight into the everyday tribulations of this disease, but it is also a valuable book for anyone with a disease which has no cure and tends to be progressive, for it is a book that not only tells about MS, but how one brave person faces the hardships and frustrations of having such an illness. Being an MD I would highly recomend this book to patients suffering one of several such diseases.

5.0 out of 5 stars A love story in comparison to no other...., April 8, 2012
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This review is from: Multiple Sclerosis, an Enigma: Finding a diagnosis but not a cure (Paperback) 
This book took me so many places. It reminded me when a family was not just man and wife but ALL of them family as I was raised and is so forgotten in today's day and age. We live in a time and space where inconvenience is swept under the rug and when there is too much clutter under the rug heck throw out the rug and get a new one. This love story is real commitment to parents, brothers and sisters, children and how the Palardy's lived their lives; putting themselves last but each other before the other.

As I was reading the story and I could feel Terry's frustration I have known it so many times during the terrible years of diagnosis then follow ups and appointments, relentless arguing with Insurance companies and then finding out not to be covered for a particular treatment or medication. There is a moment in the book when the author is going through all of this and she hands the phone to her husband Rick and he takes over from there and you just think; he most definitely is her knight in shining armor.

I would highly recommend this book to any one facing possible MS diagnosis or a family member or caretaker. It is also a great guide, spiritual awakening and support for those facing tough decisions about elderly care and real hard questions and answers to different care options that this family has to go through with both sets of parents.

Overall and more so than any of the things I mentioned above it is a love story. It is a story of commitment made between two people when they were young, vibrant and full of life to their resolve to any obstacle that crossed their path and they triumphed over. Not a triumph of a finish line but a resolute triumph of life, real life not the white picket fence with sugarplum cookies but the real life and burdens that we tackle everyday some try to sweep that "real life" under the bed, others turn around and sprint the other way, others like Terry and Rick sing a melody that only two heart as synched as theirs could dance to; it is in my opinion a true love story.

5.0 out of 5 stars Much more than expected..., January 16, 2012
This review is from: Multiple Sclerosis, an Enigma: Finding a diagnosis but not a cure (Paperback)
This brief book is much more than the title suggests. It is a love story, a family drama, an ode to having old school work ethic, and a moving description of dealing with chronic illness. Terry Palardy has put into print many of the experiences shared by people with a chronic illness: anxiety filled tests to determine diagnosis and progression, managing schedules and multiple doctors, maintaining personal standards at work and at home and the heart wrenching conversations trying to make sense of it all. Those who recognize themselves in her words will find the comfort of shared experience but equally important is the potential impact it may have in helping family and friends understand as well.

5.0 out of 5 stars Multiple Scerosis An Enigma, April 30, 2012
This review is from: Multiple Sclerosis, an Enigma: Finding a diagnosis but not a cure (Paperback)
I found this a very illuminating story. A very personal account of disease, disability, and the failure of the medical system to be able to deal with it. There are a great many diseases, and people in this same situation who would find this helpful.

5.0 out of 5 stars Multiple Sclerosis, an Enigma, March 29, 2012
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This review is from: Multiple Sclerosis, an Enigma: Finding a diagnosis but not a cure (Paperback)
Amazing! As I read along, I felt I was walking right beside her. In the story you could see that she was sticking to her recollections of symptoms throughout her life starting at an early age. And as I stated to her, I wonder also, were her family members misdiagnosed and had MS as well. We will never know. I felt comfortable walking beside Terry through her journey as I felt she had my heart in hand. I admired her for many years, but now is "special" to me! Quite brave to share such intimate details along this struggle we all experience in the Dragon of MS.

I recommend to all with MS and friends/family of someone suffering from MS!

Beautiful Read!

5.0 out of 5 stars An important novel, March 16, 2012
This review is from: Multiple Sclerosis, an Enigma: Finding a diagnosis but not a cure (Paperback)
Terry's memoir is a story of courage and hope. It's so well-written that I feel I know the author personally. She writes of her life which was interrupted with the diagnosis of multiple sclerosis - a debilitating disease.
It's important for anyone who is newly-diagnosed or for family members, caregivers, friends to read this novel and get a good understanding of how MS can shake up a person's life.
Kudos to Terry for writing and sharing her innermost thoughts on her disability.

4.0 out of 5 stars Going Forward Together, June 15, 2012
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This review is from: Multiple Sclerosis, an Enigma: Finding a diagnosis but not a cure (Paperback)
Terry Crawford does an exceptional job humanizing all of the aspects of diagnosis from the perspective of the patient. Is this the correct diagnosis? What about other diseases with similar symptom profiles known to run in the family? While dealing with all of those issues, her story simultaneously describes the impact of MS in our society where definition is so often derived from profession. Her story is one of a school teacher not wanting to take time off, even to deal with her own health issues. How many of us want to leave a job seen as a vocation? How do we make the decision to do so? Then what do we do next?

While I have read many stories recounting the doubts of diagnosis when it comes to MS, I think this book could justifiably be thought required reading for spouses of patients dealing with uncertain chronic medical conditions. While the book doesn't overly dwell on this aspect, that makes it strike exactly the right balance. He is always there supporting when needed in words, deed, and some times just silent support. This book would be a very good book for a couple to read as they come to grips with what MS may mean.

5.0 out of 5 stars Not just for MS patients and families, April 27, 2012
In "MS: An Enigma," author Terry Palardy takes a reader along with her through the process of her MS diagnosis. This book, however, is not just for MS patients and their families, and it's not just a list of medical tests. Readers will relate to many of the author's experiences: childhood memories, combining work days with family and illness responsibilities, and caring for aging parents. Terry's writing style is easy to follow, and the book is well-edited. I read the ebook edition, and was happy to find the pages well-formatted.

From the first chapter of the book, Terry is completely transparent with her readers, inviting them to share the emotion and frustration of the moment. She also shares the support she receives from her husband, Rick. The author does not separate descriptions of the illness and treatment from her daily life, and instead tells a story.

In this book, it's clear that a diagnosis is not an event with a date that can be marked on the calendar, but rather a series of moments that begin early in life. Terry begins with moments in her childhood, and her writing is engaging as she creates in herself and her family complete characters for us to follow. Rather than simply list medical tests she was subjected to, she tells the story of how the test impacted her work day and how the constant interruptions affected her emotions. A careful description of her MRI experience will encourage anyone about to go through the same test.

Terry ends her story with a treatment experiment, and I hope she revises the book at some point to include her results. As the author is about the same age as my own mom, I was also looking for her experiences telling grown-up kids about her diagnosis and their reactions--but perhaps that is a story for them to write.

True to her academic roots, Terry ends the book with a section of reliable resources readers can turn to for information about multiple sclerosis, along with a list of online forums readers can go to for a community of encouragement.

5.0 out of 5 stars Medical Trials Framed in a Loving Family Portrait, April 4, 2012
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This review is from: Multiple Sclerosis, an Enigma: Finding a diagnosis but not a cure (Paperback)
As avid readers know, the quality of books in the literary landscape has changed, but Multiple Sclerosis, an Enigma by Author Terry Crawford Palardy renews our appreciation for the written word. Author Palardy skillfully composed a well-written book and conveyed a story of compassion and resilience for her respected readers.

As a former teacher herself, Author Palardy did not ask the reader to overlook typos, or disregard poor sentence structure. Instead, the book is a well-formatted, fluid glimpse into the sometimes challenging, always endearing family she so eloquently introduces to us.

We learn who the self-described author and her family are, not by what she says, but by what they do. She doesn't tell us within quotes, that she and her spouse love their parents instead she tells us that they visited them daily, sacrificed their own finances, yet continue to smile when visited by a memory of their now dearly departed parents. Her wonderful husband doesn't spout I love you's either, rather the author tells us that he carries her purse without hesitation. In addition, she doesn't 'tell' us that she's a dedicated teacher, but she tells the willful doctor that she's happy to see him...anytime outside of school hours. We experience the compassion and commitment that exists within this family from the deeds so proficiently, yet humbly described.

Yes, there is talk of doctors, diseases, diets and medications, but it's framed so very well in a magnificent family photo.

Multiple Sclerosis, an Enigma, is a story of unconditional love shared over decades between generations of two families joined by a marriage strengthened from reverence to their marital vows.

It's a worthy investment for the serious reader who will immediately share this title when asked, "Have you read any good books lately?"

Poetry to Share, Vol. I

5.0 out of 5 stars Great poetry, November 5, 2011
This review is from: Poetry to Share, Volume 1: Come walk with me, and we shall see... (Paperback)
Every poem in the book was thought-provoking and inspirational. Quick to read but very enjoyable just the same.
Great writing.

Georgetown at the Turn of the Millennium

5.0 out of 5 stars Love for the town of Georgetown, MA, April 21, 2012
This review is from: Georgetown at the Turn of the Millennium: When the Calendar Was Turning Twenty-One (Paperback)
Georgetown at the Turn of the Millennium written by Terry Crawford Palardy

The author of this fine book has looked beyond her windows into the small New England town of Georgetown where she grew up. Through her eyes, those of us who do not live in Georgetown get a glimpse of idyllic small town life.

Terry describes a scenic town full of nature's attractive seasonal gifts. But more importantly, she describes a town that has a deep commitment to the people who live there. It is a town made up of volunteers who run the fire stations, coach children's sports, and conduct Town Governance. It is a town that values the wisdom of its elders and has great hope and faith in its children who will grow up and offer new, creative, and vibrant changes that will make Georgetown even stronger.

As an accomplished writer, Terry Palardy encourages us to consider the "gifts" within our own communities.

5.0 out of 5 stars Gerogetown or Norman Rockwell? November 23, 2012
By Liset
I had read Mrs. Terry Crawford Palardy's memoir book "Multiple Sclerosis, an Enigma" and was at an ahh by this authors writing. Having been diagnosed myself with MS years ago and was surprised to see that it is so much more than an MS story;it has compassion, love, hero's and evil all wrapped up. Which brought me to "Georgetown at the Turn of the Millennium: When the Calendar Was Turning Twenty-One". This book was completely different from the previous book I had read by the Author. It lifted my spirits and took me back in time to what life was and what it should still be with the values of community, friendship and support. I truly felt as if I was in a Norman Rockwell portrait. After reading this book you will see that the Norman Rockwell era has not ended and still exists that community push and pull of togetherness. This also shoes that another famous Author; Hilary Clinton that wrote the book "It takes a Village" was on to something. I highly recommend this book and it is a PERFECT book to give for the Holidays!

And these two books are waiting for readers to enjoy/review what they have to offer. Both books can be previewed at Amazon, and they are also 50% off at Terry's webstore.

 Teaching Vol. II, Stories Reflecting the Classroom

Poetry to Share, Vol. II, honoring the work of writers, artists, teachers, and Mother Nature 
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    1. Thank you for adding this information. Three of my books are available on kindle, presently: Multiple Sclerosis, an Enigma; Teaching vol. I; Teaching vol. II.


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